Inviting participation, building an audience. Strong links have been established with leading architecture and design schools and associations, museums, social development organisations, local government, and community partners. Among our newest partners is PIID, Philippine Institute of Interior Design, who will be offering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for any of their 3,000 members attending our events. We are now exploring plans for ARTKITEKTURA Part Two to be hosted by the UP (University of the Philippines) College of Architecture and UP Vargas Museum in 2018. The International Exhibition on Living Architecture will be remounted in Vargas Museum in one generous, cohesive space, for a two-month run from February 2018. This will enable schools across the country to make the most of this valuable educational resource.
In the months leading up to our main festival in August, we would like to hold one or two more pre-festival talks, possibly at other partner schools like Benilde and UST (University of Santo Tomas) College of Architecture. We are also planning a design talk to be hosted by the UAP Makati Chapter (United Architects of the Philippines).
Engaging young people, forming a festival team. In partnership with the London-based practice Citydesigner, a local festival team has been formed in Manila. This includes a youth volunteer team of young professionals and students from various universities and the Manila Waldorf School. These young people will be working together, developing events management skills through several pre-festival activities. Volunteers can look forward to free participation at festival events, including pre-festival talks and special sessions with our guest contributors. Our first such event was on 4 November with a talk given by Richard Coleman at Ayala Museum. Despite rain and formidable Friday rush hour traffic, public interest proved very high, with an audience of over 180, including the British Ambassador. Richard later met with the youth team for an exclusive Q&A.
Seeking financing, recent success. In seeking funding from embassies and corporate donors in the Philippines, we have met the most positive response from the Netherlands Embassy, whose interests are much aligned with the aims of ARTKITEKTURA. The British ambassador also suggested a collaboration with the British Council. We are also in discussion with MasterCard for a straight participation sponsorship. Our current fundraising efforts are aimed at embassies, European organisations and corporations in the Philippines and the UK.