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Kuris theater int’l festival, workshops set

The Kuris theater international festival and workshops will be held in Bacolod City on Feb. 17– 20 in celebration of February as National Arts Month*

The Kuris theater international festival and workshops will be held in Bacolod City on Feb. 17– 20, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 683, dated January 28, 1991, that declares February as National Arts Month.

The event is organized by the Performance Laboratory Inc. (PerfLab), in partnership with the Women Playwrights’ International–Philippines, Teatrokon: West Visayas Theater Network, International Theatre Institute–International Playwright’s Forum, and the University of St. La Salle, a press release said.

Kuris theater international festival and workshops has become a creative and empowering nest in encouraging theater awareness, collaboration, and strengthening network through workshops, symposia/conferences, performances and play festivals. Throughout the years, Kuris has gathered and nurtured a strong network of playwrights and theater organizers, who produced an array of new works.

PerfLab, through Kuris, shall conduct the festival through online platforms and intimate live performances, with the belief that in these trying times, theatre is integral to personal and collective healing as it is a powerful tool in preserving human connection, raising social and cultural awareness, encouraging art appreciation and providing creative release, the press release said.

Tanya Lopez, festival director and one of the founding members of the festival, said that this year’s theme, “Theater Above Borders”, represents a space for continuous growth, development and collaboration amongst its audiences and participants.

The 8th Kuris Theater Festival will feature performances of university-based and community–based theater groups, online lectures and staged readings, featuring works of renowned international playwrights, in partnership with the International Playwrights Forum of the International Theatre Institute, a readathon and workshop for emerging women playwrights, in collaboration with the Women Playwrights International, theatre workshops, and online streaming. For more information, those interested may contact Noel Pahayupan of PerfLab at 0945-966-8095, or e-mail at theperformancelaboratory.inc@gmail.com, the press release said.*

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