#INTRAMUROSRISING: Local indie artists organize first-ever music fest in Intramuros
An independent group is aiming to revitalize the culture and tradition of Intramuros by organizing the first-ever independent music concert inside the Walled City.
ILVSTRADOS, an Intramuros-based collective, is launching INTRAMUROS RISING, an independent music festival within the Walled City on August 2, 2014.
“We intend to put Intramuros on the map when it comes to the independent music scene by showcasing grassroots artists from Intramuros,” said Jeremy Lopez, head honcho of ILVSTRADOS.
ILVSTRADOS aims to showcase the various emerging arts alive in the scene that fellow Filipinos can take pride in. These include independent music and spoken word poetry.
Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT)-based band Saving the Dying Hope and Lyceum of the Philippines (LPU) and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)-based band Leo and the Tolstoys will be headlining the festival. Along with them, 10 more Intramuros-based bands from LPU, PLM, and MIT will join in on the festivities.
The kick-off event will also guest 2014 Yahoo Emerging Artist nominee Brisom and 2013 Jack Daniel’s Chosen 1 band Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus.
On top of that, spoken word poetry artists from Manila-based poetry group Words Anonymous will serve as entertainment in between sets.
The venue is accessible on foot. As an added bonus, attendees will get to experience the beauty of Intramuros as the sun sets while giving way for the Walled City’s night splendor.
“People get to see bands and poets while appreciating the beauty of The Walled City. This is our contribution to the revitalization of tourism in the City of Manila.” Lopez said.
What’s in a name?
ILVSTRADOS was born out of the desire to have a group that can liven up things inside the walls via a scene.
“For years of being a self-proclaimed resident of The Walled City, plus years of experience in organizing gigs, ngayon ko lang talaga napagtanto na walang eksena sa Intramuros.”
ILVSTRADOS aims to revitalize Filipino nationalism and Manila tourism by showcasing the emerging local art scene.
The group’s Facebook page has received positive reactions so far, notably one from Manila-based tour guide Carlos Celdran.
ILVSTRADOS, being a non-profit group, organized the event purely out of labor of love: If the kick-off achieves its aim to gather 1000 attendees, the group will push through with bigger plans and more bands.
“We want the participation of all Intramuros students for this: attendance, promotion, and all. I have faith in them,” said Lopez.
INTRAMUROS RISING is set on August 2, 2014, Saturday, at Baluarte Plano Luneta de Sta. Isabel. Tickets are for sale at an early-bird rate of P100 each until July 18. You may contact Roy Salamat at +63915-103-6634 for ticket reservations.
You can also visit: https://www.ndfy.me/curators/
This uprising is made possible with the help of Intramuros Administration and Viva Manila.
Written by Kenno S. Nishioka