Bloom Arts Festival 2013
To celebrate culture and art, established and emerging artists came together on November 15 for Bloom Arts Festival to celebrate culture and art. This rare gathering is a venue for like-minded artists and enthusiasts to see all the creatives they admire in one big event of simultaneous exhibits.
The festival’s debut last year brought together 3,000 art lovers. Its success paved way for a bigger and better second run. A well-known artists’ hot spot in Manila, The Collective, could not be a more perfect venue for this year’s launch.
Bloom Arts Festival showcased works of more than 100 artists spread across 8 stores and galleries in The Collective. Mixed media installations, recycled material arts and paintings were a plenty in galleries such as Kanto, Vinyl on Vinyl and 371 Art Space. Art lovers were in for a treat as famed young Filipino artists like Tokwa Penaflorida, Soleil Ignacio and Anjo Bolarda joined the occasion. Collectors didn’t only to get their hands on one-of-a-kind pieces but they also got to chat with the artists behind it.
Art appreciation aside, The Collective’s open area was turned into a night bazaar for those who wanted to buy something nice or take a festival souvenir home. “Bloom Market” was brimming with indie brands and personalized items. There were also rare vintage finds like books, record plaques, clothes and accessories that were available at very reasonable prices.
Finally, to complete the artsy vibe, there were musical performances and DJ sets from 6 bands coming from different genres. Frontrunners in the underground music scene such as Wilderness, Kikimachine and Caliph8 played music for the audience to satisfy their taste for something different.
Bloom Arts Festival was a blast! It was wonderful to see friends, colleagues and meet new people who share the same love for the arts.
Text & Images by: Cristina Raposa (http://stylespresso.com)
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