Authors from Vox Populi PH will be reading excerpts from their works in this year’s Performatura Performance Literature Festival. This year’s international PPE: Performatura Pandemic Edition will happen on November 22-24, 2021, from ten o’clock in the morning to ten in the evening. Interested individuals and groups will have access to many much-awaited performances, including Vox Populi PH authors.
This year’s international festival is led by the Festival Director Vim Nadera and Beverly Siy of the CCP Intertextual Division.
Despite the physical constraints of the pandemic, the Cultural Center of the Philippines remains fully committed to bringing the best of our nation’s literature, history, and culture closer to Filipinos. Therefore, Performatura Pandemic Edition will be showcasing poetry readings, spoken word competitions, musical presentations, dance dramas, theatrical shows, and storytelling events. This year’s theme is “Aking Adhika Makita Kang Sakdal Laya.”
Vox Populi PH, a youth writing organization with digital and print publication and broadcast arms, has weathered various storms brought by the pandemic and remains firmly committed to bringing the best youth writing in the Philippines to more readers.
Aligned with the organization’s overall aim of nurturing young writers to better function in a landscape that is less than ideal and welcoming to free expression, Vox Populi PH authors shall be holding readings of various works. This year’s participants are Aidan Reuel Bernales (spoken word poetry), Marius Carlos, Jr. (essay reading), Maria Kristelle Jimenez (story reading), Jay-ar Paloma (poetry reading), Annalyn Biagtan (story reading), Julienne Maui Mangawang (poetry reading), and Karl Patrick Wilfred Suyat (essay reading). “Nag-umpisa ang Lahat sa Isang Tinig” will be performed by Rebo Press’ resident graphic artist, Gwynette Ivory Marbella. The books that authors will be reading have also been exhibited at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.
Performatura is by no means a stranger to the independent writing and publishing scene. According to the editor-in-chief of Vox Populi PH and Rebo Press founder, Maria Kristelle Jimenez, she first attended Performatura in 2018, where she was welcomed with open arms by Festival Director Vim Nadera and CPP’s Beverly Siy as she helped exhibit several zines by up-and-coming youth writers from that era in her career as a serial indie publisher and organizer. She was told to “keep going” and “hold the line” for young creatives who wanted to learn the craft further and eventually publish in various formats in both print and digital.