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24 November

Spring holidays in the Philippines

From the 27th April to the 5th of May 2013, the Quai Branly Museum leads you in the discovery of the culture and the traditions of the Philippines on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Philippines, archipelago of exchanges’. Come and participate in story telling visits, or workshops which introduce you to the music, the language, the dance of the Philippines as well as culinary demonstrations.

The activities are offered free outside of entry to the exhibition but they are subject to availability.

The Museum itself (the permanent collections and the other exhibitions within the main museum) is free on Sunday 28th April and Sunday 5 May.

Story telling visits in the exhibition

Philippines’ exhibition, archipelago of exchanges ©Quai Branly museum, photo Gautier Deblonde. The exhibition has been carried out through the support of Club Entreprises Saison 2012-2013
Philippines’ exhibition, archipelago of exchanges ©Quai Branly museum, photo Gautier Deblonde. The exhibition has been carried out through the support of Club Entreprises Saison 2012-2013

At the beginning of time, the Philippines comprised a single island of which Bayani was the undisputed chief. This man was so powerful and so authoritative that even his children ran away from him. Their violent quarrel split the earth and the waters flooded into the fissures and the islands were so created.
Each descendant of Bayani gave rise to a different people. Each of these people sings the praise of their own lands, worship their own gods and tell their own story

  • With Isabelle Genlis, Gwenola Sanquer, Eric Frossard
  • All welcome ( from 6 years old) - 1 hour duration
  • Everyday at 2pm, meeting point at the adult group reception
  • Free on presentation of a right to entry to the exhibition

Workshops

Music workshop at Quai Branly Museum, photo Pomme Célarié
Music workshop at Quai Branly Museum, photo Pomme Célarié

The sounds of the Philippines

Tackle the music of the 7, 107 Philippine islands imbued with European, American and Indonesian influences. At the Quai Branly Museum you can discover a number of instruments in terms of their origins and the way they are played -  followed by a music practice.

  • A Pinpeat Ensemble graciously provided by La Cité de la musique.
  • Children from 9-12 years – 1 hour duration
  • Everyday from 2.15pm, in workshop room on the lower level.
Helmet from the Philipines, Luzon Island, © Quai Branly Museum, photo Claude Germain
Helmet from the Philipines, Luzon Island, © Quai Branly Museum, photo Claude Germain

The barter adventurers

In the Philippines, objects - the signs and witnesses of influences - are given, are taken and are exchanged. As a function of the respective territories of each group, the natural resources are not the same and thus require a ‘game of barter’ in order to acquire and to keep one’s power. Join in the hunt for objects of prestige!

  • Children from 6 – 8 years – 1 hour duration
  • Everyday at 4pm, meeting point at the adult group reception

Introduction to Filipino

Filipino is one of the two official languages of the Philippines along with English. The museum offers you an introduction to this language rich with diverse influences.

  • From 12 years old – 1 hour duration
  • Thursday 2 May and Friday 3 May at 3pm
  • Classroom no. 2 on the lower level
A creation by Gaston Damag © DR
A creation by Gaston Damag © DR

Contemporary creation

Gaston Damag, born in 1964, is a contemporary artist who is interested in the way extra-european objects are presented by museums.
He offers his personal vision through sculpture, words, photography and video – mixing up cultures and beliefs. With the help of facilitators, come and discover his work and then it’s your turn to re-interpret a selection of key Philippino objects through your own world.

  • From 12 years – 1 hour duration
  • From Monday 29 April to Sunday 5 May at 2pm, classroom 1 on the lower level.

Music and Dance

An initiation with the Maguindanao Ensemble

Discover the traditional kulintang repertoire of the Maranao and Maguindanao populations!
Accompanied by the sound of gongs, join in group to Sagayan, a Philipino war dance illustrating the stages of the Epic of Prince Bantugan, and follow the ensemble to the victory.

  • Everyone welcome – 1 hour duration
  • Saturday 27 April at 3pm and at 4pm
  • Theatre Foyer ( lower level)

Discovery performances : Maguindanao & Uwang Ahadas Ensemble

Come to the performance of the musical ensemble Maguindanao and Uwang Ahadas !
This blind artist of Yakan origin has devoted his life to the teaching of the music of his people and has been recognised as a ‘Living National Treasure’ in 2000 for the dexterity of his playing.

  • Everyone welcome – 1 hour duration
  • Sunday 28 April at 4pm (The Maguindanao Ensemble) and at 5pm (Uwang Ahadas)
  • Theatre foyer (lower level)
Ensemble Kontra-GaPi
Ensemble Kontra-GaPi

An initiation with the Kontra-GaPi Ensemble

The Ensemble - which is resident of the faculty of arts and literature at the University of the Philippines, Dilman - will introduce you to several Pilipino musical instruments and the variety of dance forms practiced in the archipelago.

  • Everyone Welcome – 1 hour duration
  • Music Saturday 4 May
  • Dance Sunday 5 May at 5pm
  • Theatre foyer (lower level)
The chef Victor Magsaysay © DR
The chef Victor Magsaysay © DR
The chef Aaron Isip © DR
The chef Aaron Isip © DR

Culinary demonstrations

Discover the flavours of the Philipino archipelago with renowned chefs!
On 4 May, Victor Magsaysay, from Ito restaurant (opening in May), helps you discover popular Pilipino dishes. As an extra bonus, Mattias Cadeac D’Arbaud from Zelda bar, concocts his tropical drinks created from natural ingredients. On 5 May, Aaron Isip, from Pan restaurant, presents traditional recipes.

  • Everyone welcome – 2 hour duration
  • Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May at 3pm
  • Theatre foyer (lower level)

Cinema : documentaries on the ‘Living National Treasures’

Like Japan, the Philippines value artists who are recognised by the country as exceptional characters having dedicated their careers to the preservation of artistic or artisanal traditions. They are nominated ‘Living National Treasures’ or Gawad sa Manililikha ng Bayan.

The 4 films projected at each session

Uwang Ahadas, Creating a Legacy of Music (60')

Preserving the Intangible. The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan 2000 (11')

Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan 2004. A world of Harmony and Balance (11')

Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan 2012 (8')

  • In association with the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCAA) of the Philippines
  • 4 sessions : Saturday 27 April 2013, 3pm, 5pm and Sunday 28 April 2013 at 3pm and 5pm
  • All films projected in Voice Over (French), with sub titling in English
  • Cinema, free entry subject to availability

Sessions in the salon de lecture (reading room)

A listening seance : female artists from Lake Sebu

In collaboration with the French Society of Ethnomusicology

  • Saturday 27 April at 4pm
  • Salon de lecture J. Kerchache ( The J. Kerchache reading room)

Epics and ballades of the Phillippines

The reading room welcomes Nicole Revel, Director Emeritus of research at the CNRS, for the presentation of a multimedia archive centred on epics and ballades of the Philippines.

  • Saturday 4 May at 4pm
  • Salon de lecture J. Kerchache ( The J. Kerchache reading room)

Prize Draw

Enter, for free, a prize draw organised by the Quai Branly museum from 27 April to 5 May and try to win a trip to the Philippines!

In order to enter, complete and place the entry form you will find on the back of the weeks’ programme in the box at the entry to the Philippines, Archipelago of exchanges, exhibition.

This prize draw is organised in partnership with the Tourist office of the Philippines and Cathay Pacific Airways.