They say the creative adult is the child that survived. We say, everyone survived. All of us are just waiting for every adult to let it happen. In the day-long annual event organized by Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan, or Ang INK, INKfest celebrates children’s literature in the form of visual art and showcases talents through mini exhibits, live art, and booths that feature original works of local talents. Held at the top shelf of Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, the event is free and open to the public, both young and young-at-heart.
This year’s theme, Childhood, aims to relive everyone’s childhood with that child-like wonder and creativity. Even before registration, I can already feel the inner kid in me. I really wanted to join this little girl and draw… but I was in line, waiting for my turn to sign my name up.
After registration, Elaine and I immediately went straight to THE exhibit wall named Letters To your Childhood Self. It features artworks that connect to every artist’s childhood memories. The kind that make us travel back to the worlds our imaginations built even before we understood it, where we color outside the lines, where we know no rules.
Inspiring and informative talks followed.
- Forever Young: Staying Relevant in the Art and Design Scene by Electrolychee
- Maselan: Pambata ba ‘yan? Exploring Sensitive Issues in Children’s Books by Augie Rivera
- The Mission of the PBBY and The Importance of Reading for Children by Tarie Sabido
- Drawing from Experience: Philippine Children’s Book Illustration Over The Years by May Tobias-Papa
There were also booths which included publishers of children’s storybooks, homegrown brands, and illustration prints of local talents. If only I had enough money, I’d get a copy of all these prints. All of them are soooo beautiful! (Note to self: bring more money for next year’s event.)
There was also an interactive booth that offers to draw or paint your caricature for only P150. Oh, the skill of these artists!
The whole event kept reminding us of our childhood: expressing our inner child, and unleashing a world of infinite possibilities. We are glad to have been part of this inspiring event and we are already looking forward to next year! Shall we see you at INK Fest next year?