THE MAKING OF FESTIVAL

Oct 2, 2022

The gongs will sound anew for Tam awan Village for the 12th TamAwan International Arts Festival (TIAF) on October 5 to 9, 2022. Heritage, culture and Art takes centerstage anew as the Chanum Foundation stages the TIAF in tandem with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the festival is themed “Hapit Di Aammod: Wisdom in Shapes, Colors, and Words,” converges over 300 artists, culture bearers,
workers and artisans from all over the country and the world for a 5- day artistic display at artist haven, Tam-awan Village.

Hapit di Aammod translates to “voice of the ancestors” in Tuwali, an indigenous language spoken in Ifugao.
For 12 years, the TIAF offers workshops to various schools the region as well as talks aimed to educate and enlighten artists and the public on laws, customs and beliefs not only in the Philippines but the
international community. The TIAF will open on Wednesday, October 5 with workshops on acrylic painting,
Jewelry-Making, Sand art and Mono Print Workshops and a series of seminars led by lawyers Fernan Dizon, Exequiel Valerio and Jeremy Bayaras on Copyright, Resale Rights and Copyright Registration In a bid to empower artists and artisans.

Performances and artist jams is scheduled in the evenings for the duration of the festival while murals will be created with the collaboration of artists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with community projects, also a part of the festival. On Thursday Oct 6, the day opens with workshops on Coffee painting, Digital and stone art and a Lecture by Jaet Braza on Okir Designs of Southern Philippines On Friday, October 7, a
tapuey making demonstration is scheduled with a virtual talk by Dr. Oliver Rabara on the Philosophy of Art: Making Sense of Shapes, followed by lawyer, Exequiel D. Valerio on Copyrights on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Generated Artworks and Cordillera Rituals by Ike Picpican.

On Saturday, workshops include Statue-Making followed by a Lecture: Globalization of Creativity in the
City of Baguio by Dr. Raymundo Rovillos followed by a talk by the Philippine Art Educators Association on documentation of cultural practices, Indigenous Knowledge on Dance Movements On Sunday, October 9 the festival will see the unveiling of Murals and Art Collaborations and closing ceremonies marked with rituals and thanksgiving.

The TIAF embarked on a series of Art Caravans benefitting the Santol Central
School in La Union, empowering teachers and students in workshops on Acrylic Paint, Wire Rings, Pastel, Sand Art, Stone Art and Screen Printing. TIAF is backed by the City Government of Baguio and the
Province of Benguet with the Department of Tourism – Cordillera.

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