FB invite: Baybayin sa Baybayin
Here are some events I took part of the past couple months.
May 16 – Asian Heritage Street Festival @ SF
May 23 – Secret Garden of Eden @ SF
May 30 – Kularts Art Fair @ SF
June 6 – Pista sa Ngyon @ Vallejo
June 21 – Sangdiwa @ SF
June 27 – Kalayaan @ SF
Over the past 2 years, I’ve been slowing down doing Filipino events due to the following:
– Lack of quality of the Filipino festivals
– Increased cost of booths at festivals
– Less attendance
– A change in consumer behavior
– Less interest possibly due to our efforts of getting knowledge of Baybayin to the public has been working
So what’s this mean? It means that I’ve got to change things up by either changing my products or targeting non-Filipinos. It also means that next year, I’ll be focusing on my online school, documentary and producing events. The next one will be on November 14, 2015 at Fort Mason. See unKonference.org for more information.
I’ll be doing large scale #baybayin this Saturday 5/30 in SOMA at 2:30pm. Also check out Sammay, Tony, and Florante! https://www.facebook.com/events/1468262430132609/
On May 16, 2015 I (Kristian Kabuay) was doing another festival with Ray Haguisan (Malaya Designs) and Joe Aquilizan (Bayani Art) in San Francisco, California where it was cold and slow. During the frequent downtime, we did what we usually do…talk about what we should do and the many roadblocks we face. The reality is that a lot of these are economic roadblocks but it’s about time we do something about it. Shots fired at MYSELF! About 2 years ago I had this idea of a Filipino Culture Conference about the same time I started my term as a board member of the Young Filipino Professionals Association. Ray and I even canvassed locations to host this damn thing. The concept was to combine an “academic” conference and a festival. I introduce, the Filipino unKonference as a start of something different. It’s my hope that others will create their own unKonference in their own community. Discuss.Disrupt.Disseminate.Do
As for the festival itself, it’s been following the trend of others where attendance and profits are down while booth prices have risen. With that reality, I’ll be doing less festivals and concentrate on producing my own events. Sisiklab is an example of what’s to come. Stay tuned
I’ve confirmed my participation in the upcoming Baybayin Summit in April in the Philippines. My talk will focus on prePhilippine native scripts as identity, promotion, and preservation in the Filipino American diaspora through art. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for speaking/art/workshop inquiries.
Come join us for Sisiklab (to spark) a celebration of activating our light through preFilipino tattoos, art, healing and music on 1/31 5-10pm at Ensoma 352 6th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 .
More info on the FB event