Spring holidays in the Philippines

From April 27th to May 5th 2013, the musée du quai Branly provides you the opportunity to discover the culture and traditions of the Philippines in connection with the exhibition ‘Philippines, Archipel des échanges (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 free but subject to availability.

Access to the Museum (the Permanent Collections and the other exhibitions within the main Museum) is free on Sunday April 28th and Sunday May 5th.


Story telling visits in the exhibition

"Philippines, Archipel des échanges" exhibition, © musée du quai Branly, photo Gautier Deblonde. The exhibition is sponsored by Club Entreprises Saison 2012-2013
"Philippines, Archipel des échanges" exhibition, © musée du quai Branly, photo Gautier Deblonde. The exhibition is sponsored by Club Entreprises Saison 2012-2013

At the beginning of time, the Philippines comprised a single island of which Bayani was the undisputed chief. He was so powerful and had so much authority 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 thus created.
Each of Bayani's descendants founded a different population. Each of these populations sing the praise of their own lands, worship their own gods and tell their own story

  • With Isabelle Genlis, Gwenola Sanquer, Eric Frossard
  • All are welcome (from 6 years of age) - duration:  hour
  • Everyday at 2pm, meeting point at the adult group reception
  • Free on presentation of an exhibition ticket.

Workshops

Music workshop at the musée du quai Branly, photo Pomme Célarié
Music workshop at the musée du quai Branly, 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 musée du quai Branly, 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 – duration: 1 hour 
  • Everyday from 2.15 pm, in the lower level Workshop Room.
Helmet from the Philippines, Luzon Island, © musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain
Helmet from the Philippines, Luzon Island, © musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain

The barter adventurers

In the Philippines, objects - the signs and witnesses of influences - are given, are taken and are exchanged. Each group's natural resources differ according to their different territories and as such, bartering is necessary to acquire and to keep one’s power. Join in the hunt for prestigious objects!

  • Children from 6 – 8 years – duration:  hour
  • Everyday at 4 pm, 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 – duration: 1 hour
  • Thursday May 2nd and Friday May 3rd at 3 pm
  • Classroom no. 2 on the Lower Level
A work by Gaston Damag © DR
A work by Gaston Damag © DR

Contemporary WORK

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 cultures and beliefs. With the help of cultural mediators, come and discover his work before engaging in a reinterpretation of a few key Filipino objects by associating them with your own world.

  • From 12 years of age – duration: 1 hour 
  • From Monday April 29th to Sunday May 5th at 2 pm, 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 a group initation to Sagayan, a Filipino war dance that illustrates the episodes of Prince Bantugan's epic adventure and accompany the ensemble's ascension towards victory.

  • All are welcome – duration: 1 hour 
  • Saturday April 27th at 3pm and 4pm
  • Theatre Foyer (Lower Level)

Discovery performances: Maguindanao & Uwang Ahadas Ensemble

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

  • All welcome – duration: 1 hour 
  • Sunday April 28th at 4 pm (The Maguindanao Ensemble) and 5 pm (Uwang Ahadas)
  • Theatre Foyer (Lower Level)
Kontra-GaPi Ensemble
Kontra-GaPi Ensemble

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 Filipino musical instruments and the variety of dance forms practiced in the archipelago.

  • All welcome – duration: 1 hour 
  • Music: Saturday May 4th 
  • Dance: Sunday May 5th at 5 pm
  • 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 flavors of the Philipino archipelago with renowned chefs!
On May 4th, Victor Magsaysay, from Ito restaurant (opening in May), helps you discover popular Filipino dishes. As an extra bonus, Mattias Cadeac D’Arbaud from Zelda bar, concocts his tropical drinks created from natural ingredients. On May 5th, Aaron Isip, from Pan Restaurant, presents traditional recipes.

  • All welcome – duration: 2 hours
  • Sunday May 4th and Sunday May 5th at 3 pm 
  • Theatre Foyer (Lower Level)

Cinema: documentaries on the ‘Living National Treasures’

Like Japan, the Philippines values 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 April 27th 2013 3pm and 5pm and Sunday April 28th 2013 at 3pm and 5pm
  • All films projected dubbed in French, with English subtitles
  • Cinema, free entry subject to availability

Sessions in the Reading Room

A listening seance: female artists from Lake Sebu

In collaboration with the French Society of Ethnomusicology

  • Saturday April 27th at 4 pm
  •  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.

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 May 4th at 4pm
  • J. Kerchache Reading Room

Prize Draw

Free entry into a prize draw organised by the musée du quai Branly from April 27th to May 5th for a trip to the Philippines!

In order to enter, complete and place the entry form you will find on the back of the weeks’ program in the box at the entry to the "Philippines, Archipel des échanges" exhibition.

The prize draw is organised in partnership with the Philippines Tourist Officeand Cathay Pacific Airways.