Music and the arts have always been a part of our culture, not only contributing to the diverse societies we have at present but also becoming a part of who we are as individuals.
But what do we get if we revel in the importance of both cultural and environmental awareness and conservation?
We get Malasimbo.
Malasimbo, the premier music and arts festival in the Philippines, has always been at the forefront in promoting a diverse community of performers, artists, and music lovers, all the while advocating for environmental awareness and conservation.
As it celebrates its 10th year on Saturday, February 29, 2020, ‘til Sunday, March 01, 2020, the annual event has found a new home at the La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.
For its 10th year, the attendees can engage in various transformative activities such as meditation, yoga, dance, and journaling meant for energizing or winding down. Fun activities such as art and wellness programs, archery, basketball, and kart racing are also readily available for kids and families to enjoy.
A party to which adults, and, yes, even young adults, can enjoy will also be held in the middle of the vast rainforest-like environment in the Eco Park.
Apart from these activities, Miro is thrilled to present the newest addition to the series of events set to happen in this year’s Malasimbo.
A Music Business Conference is slated to happen at the Drilon Orchidarium where artists and music lovers get to converse amongst themselves on the current situation of the music industry both locally and globally.
“We started this festival to help the music industry and help uplift the local music scene. Now, we’re also doing this [music business conference] to educate the young people coming up on how to survive in the industry. The idea is to bring some international business executives, local business executives, local music executives, music students, musicians, booking agents, managers, and people in the music industry so that they could understand how can the Philippine music industry work and how can it be improved so that our local artists could get the same benefits as some of the foreign artists,” founder and festival director Miro Grgic says.
Notable international music business executives, such as the Rolling Stones’ tour manager Sam Cutler, Quincy JOnes MGMT, Jacob Collier MGMT, FKJ MGMT, Warner Music, and Filscap, will be discussing topics on how the industry works. These include, among others, Royalties, Publishers & Collecting Societies, digital marketing, monetizing music, record labels, songwriting, performance, artist management and booking agents, and making it in the Philippines versus overseas.
In an outdoor set-up space surrounded by nature, artists and professionals in the music industry will be talking about Royalties, Publishers & Collection Societies, digital marketing, and monetizing music, record labels, songwriting, performance, artist management and booking agents, making it in the Philippines versus overseas, among others topics to be tackled in the two-day event.
“Since we live in the streaming age, some revenue streams aren’t significant anymore. It’s important to equip local musicians with the knowledge to understand how to sustain themselves in the music industry,” Miro states.
Malasimbo will also be featuring the silent disco in the evening with bright festival lights decorating the surrounding trees in the open area.
The Silent Disco scheme allows the audience to choose which music to listen to among a variety of DJs simultaneously playing; and each music, matched by color, will be lit through the headphones to indicate which DJ one is listening to.
Beyond promoting music and the arts, Malasimbo has always been an advocate of cultural and environmental conservation manifested through green projects like mangrove planting, beach clean-up projects, and promoting indigenous people’s livelihood.
With this year’s festival being held at one of the last few forested areas in the metro, Malasimbo is aiming to not only immerse both local and foreign performers, artists, and attendees in the unique Malasimbo music and arts scene but to also raise awareness on the importance of cultural and environmental conservation.
And in fulfillment of their advocacy, 10 percent of tickets sold will be donated to Bantay Kalikasan, the environmental arm of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.
If you wish to be a part of this celebration and advocacy, you may grab your tickets for Malasimbo 2020 here.