It’s only appropriate it rained on the last day of 2018 well into the first day of 2019, think of it as a cleansing. The air is cleared, there’s a crisp breeze, and the grime of the past year has been washed away. Or so we’d like to think. January is a fresh start for everyone whether you’d like to pick up a new hobby (such as arts and crafts) or spend more time away from the stress of the city (such as stargazing in nature).
We’ve rounded up exciting and colorful January events to start your New Year bright, artistic, hopeful, and shining like a star.
Really, Really, Free Market
Pineapple Lab, January 6
The name doesn’t deceive, Really, Really, Free Market (RRFM) hosted by Pineapple Lab and Fringe MNL is a market that doesn’t involve cash – you can take anything! Participate by bringing your own goods and services be it clothes, books, kitchenware, or your skills in arts and crafts, massage, etc. This alternative gift economy is a fun new thing to try out!
Big Handy’s Grounds, January 12
Fancy gazing at the stars to the live tune of artists such as Coeli and The Sun Manager? Add spoken poetry to the mix and it’s the perfect romantic date or an intimate outing with few of your best friends. Dark Skies Productions PH will be hosting Kalinaw, a two-day camping event at Big Handy’s Grounds. The event fee of PHP 1000 is inclusive of two-way transfer and camp fees but attendees are responsible for their own food and tents.
2019 Art Market
Art in Island Cubao, every weekend of 2019
Art Market is Art in Island’s trademark event that seeks to create a stage for local budding artists and artists-at-heart. Here is where they can showcase their talents, sell their handmade crafts and goods, and let other people enjoy their work. Art Market is held every weekend of 2019 so if you miss one weekend, you can always come back! Check out the schedule and how to be an exhibitor here.
Astro Pinas x WK Forest Camp Astro Photography Camp
WK Forest Reserve and Camp Grounds, Tanay, January 12 – 13
Here’s another astro photography camp for you! Camp among nature and up your night sky shot game with fellow enthusiasts and professionals to guide you. The rate of PHP 3,500 ensures a comfortable tent accommodation, transfers, meals and snacks, entrance fees, and an adventure trail and forest camp experience. Register here before the slots run out!
Saturday X Future Market
1st United Building, Escolta, January 12
The first Saturday X Future Market is exciting and it’s open-themed! There are magazines, stickers, vinyls, arts and crafts, vintage items, and even second hand goods and books. Whether you’re looking to sell your craft or add to your interior décor, this place is perfect for you.
Sea, Sky, and Stars Astrophotography Camp
Nagsasa Cove, January 26 – 27
Are you an aspiring photographer? Ever wanted to learn how to take beautiful snapshots of the skies and star trails? This event by AstroPinas is perfect for you to kickstart your new hobby! Activities include island hopping, photography and astrography tutorial, telescope viewing and stargazing, and an astronomy lecture. The fee of PHP 2500 includes transfers, tents, and other miscellaneous fees. There are limited slots so secure yours now!
Picked Café and Gallery, Muntinlupa, January 26
Explore and be part of the south Zine scene with Munzinelupa. Independent artists gather in one venue to share their zine work, prints, and stickers and just celebrate love for arts in general. There are also live performances and talks so your visit will be worth your time, you can even visit other places in the south while you’re at it!
Baybayin Crash Course
O2 Space, Makati, January 27
Learn baybayin, the ancient, pre-colonial writing script of the Filipino people, with Manila For A Day’s baybayin program. The crash course is designed to give you the theoretical and practical framework of using baybayin as a form of nationalistic self-expression. The fee of PHP 1299 includes expert instructors, art and writing materials, guaranteed small classes, and a discount on future Manila For A Day courses. Register now!
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