To build a quiet literary respite at La Fuerza compound, Warehouse Eight and Kwago organized a fiction-inspired fundraising gathering—Book Bar at the Warehouse—inviting everyone to be part of the process of making a community-based space for curious creatives.
Happening on January 27-28, 2018 at Warehouse Eight’s doorstep overspilling to their pantry, the event’s program purposely intimate and is designed to let the guests experience literature using all their senses—sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
Sponsored by YDG Coffee and Philippine Craft Kings (PCK), the bar will serve cocktails and beers inspired by local and international literature, such as “Dark Hours” by Conchitina Cruz, “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg and “Para Kay B” by Ricky Lee. You can also give our bartender Matthew Carpio a quote from your favorite book and he could personalize a drink for you.
Food startup Birch Five also collaborated with Kwago to create dishes that mirror their love for comics and children’s stories. They are serving red velvet cupcakes named “Poison Ivy” and a sisig meal called “Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit.”
“One of Kwago’s core value is to ‘unschool.’ We want to share new ways to experience and understand literature so it can be accessed and appreciated by the younger crowd,” Kwago founder Czyka Tumaliuan said.
Hundred percent bootstrapped and independent, all the performers and event staff weren’t paid and were just given books as honorarium. Even the sound system were provided by the musicians themselves. A lot of people donated books, and even furniture to help in the construction of the vision.
“This type of generosity is not something you see everyday. It’s breaking the norms of what we’re used to. Value is (re)defined in different ways beyond money. It’s almost weird but refreshing,” Warehouse Eight co-founder Kayla Dionisio said.
JAN 27 – Drunken Poetry Night (OPEN MIC) – Read a poem, take a free shot! (SPONSORED BY BARIK SUPREMO)
JAN 28 – Echoes at the Warehouse – MUSICIANS as storytellers
Jorge Juan Bautista Wieneke V
Small Town Press / Erick Calilan
Follow the event page for more details: Bit.ly/BookbarFundraising