At the fringes in the Philippines

What happens when artists and academics at the fringes dare organize international events on their own turf? Iin the cose of the artist-initiated International Baguio Arts Festival (BAF) held for the fifth time last November 1 999, the results are often chaotic. Because artists were not invited according to any defined and definile curalorial theme or framework, the festival was a hodge-podge of artisic manoeuvres, themes and tropes, with no definite program, coherent agenda or cohesive organization to thread them together.

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