‘The Big Juan’ kicks in Butuan crowd

By Goy Candelario

It finally rocks the Butuan art scene once again!

The annually awaited Butuanon Art Festival (BAF) had its ribbon cut last February 16, 2018 at Robinsons Place Butuan-Main Atrium and great things are still happening as scheduled.

Dubbed as “The Big Juan,” this year’s Butuanon Art Festival is presented with a bigger and more vibrant twist.

The masterpieces are unveiled graciously in 6 by 4 feet dimensions, magicians are within the range to amaze the onlookers, the long-awaited free art workshops is always on the list for even bigger participants and the art showdowns are on to keep the high spirit in Butuan art scene and eventually awaken and discover new breed of talents in our vicinity.

BAF4 participating artists

Renante “KuyaDubz” Dublois, the event organizer, wishes to present this art festival with more surprises to the crowd and marked it as historical as possible with the talents of our local artists as the highlight.

“We want to make this art festival memorable to everyone and challenging for the participating artists as well. So, came up with the idea of making 6 by 4 foot artworks,” Dublois said.

“To make this event more exciting and entertaining we have also invited magicians to showcase their talents, offer free art workshops to all interested kids as we always do and conduct tattoo and other art showdowns to inspire all artists to share their talents,” he added.

Free art workshop scene

Dong-A and Faber-Castell representatives travelled from Manila to take part in the opening of the festival and facilitate in the vibrant free art workshops for kids.

BAF is a realization from the collective effort of Butuanon and other Caraganon artists, both young and veteran who wished nothing but to uplift the awareness and value of art in our community. Since its first hop the outcome of this art festival has always been encouraging and the artists believe in its essence.

Artwork of Cris Tamis

Cris Tamis, a seasoned visual artist considers this festival as a big gathering for different art groups and inspire new artists.

“I join BAF not only for the exposure of my work but also to inspire young artists to go on in art,” Tamis shared.

The art exhibition and other activities for “The Big Juan” are open free to the public until February 24, 2018.

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