For the first ever, the Philippines, being the lead country hosting the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, together with the Republic of Korea, are jointly mounting a unique musical festival called the ASEAN-ROK Flute Festival this week.
Asian traditional music may be something of a ‘never-heard’ class of music where what we’re more attuned at hearing nowadays are contemporary pop music, such as K-Pop and J-Pop.
Thankfully, we Filipinos will have a chance to experience a different kind of music – all united by some kinds of themes of comparison and contrast in the musical forms and the kinds of instruments used.
Through the auspices of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Philippines and the Republic of Korea through the Seoul Music Group, aimed the programme to promote cultural exchange and regional talent showcase of the 11 ASEAN Member States and ROK.
The week leading to the gala performance concert of the musical artists on December 1 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater at RCBC Plaza in Makati City, have been a very hectic one – comprised of several pocket shows and cultural tours in the Metropolitan Manila, Pampanga, Bulacan and Rizal.
The public perfomance concert will be held at Luneta National Park on December 2, 2017.
Important Things to Know
1. Opportunity for Cultural Exchange
According to the NCCA, the musical festival aims to provide an opportunity for flutists in Southeast Asia and Korea to interact and create integrated renditions of contemporary and traditional songs targeted to be appreciated by the general public, most especially the youth, while also incorporating classic and modern approaches in music-making.
2. A Filipino as Artistic Director
3. Impact of the ASEAN-ROK Flute Festival
Project director Tracey Santiago has this to say:
“Cultural exchange is very important in any international cultural cooperation, such as the ASEAN-Korea Flute Festival. Right now, we have 11 countries participating in this project and all 11 countries have diverse cultures and they have very different music traditions, but even with the differences, they still find similarities. This music festival is an opportunity to share these 11 countries’ own traditions, their own cultures.”
“The ASEAN-ROK Flute Festival is very important because the Philippines is the lead country who is undertaking this project in the hopes of bringing everyone together as one under the ‘ASEAN as One’ theme.”
She said that it is but fitting that that Philippines, being the chairman of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, is hosting this activity.
“This is one of the activities that makes the Philippines the lead country in promoting cultural exchange and also cultural diversity.”
4. Funding from ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund
While it is a joint project of the Philippines and Korea, funding came from the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, as part of the celebration to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN, the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-KOREA Dialogue Partnership, as well as the ASEAN-Korea Cultural Exchange Year 2017.
5. How to Watch the Performance Concert
The concert is free but those who are interested to attend, you will have to email the secretariat so they can reserve them a seat. Their mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit the event page: www.facebook.com/NCCA.ASEANPH.