FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fundraiser event at the W.I.S.E. Hall July 28 / 7pm

NCHU7MUT (inch-ot-mot) KAISA (ka-ee-sa): One Heart One Mind One Spirit

CONTACT:

Micajieu Velasco micajieu_velasco@hotmail.com 604.725.2876 Kim Villagante kvillagante@gmail.com 778.929.8806

The collaborative fundraising event Nchu7mut (Squamish: One Heart One Mind One Spirit) Ka-isa (Tagalog: Unity) will bring together Filipino and First Nations artists raising funds to support the Third International Babaylan Conference this September. The event Nchu7mut Kaisa will feature top performances by Filipinos & indigenous artists from Vancouver, 6 tables exhibiting arts & merchandises by local artists, high-energy music by DJ SobeyOne, raffle prizes, and an EPIC Dance Party.

 Nchu7mut Kaisa will be held Thursday, July 28 from 7pm to 12AM at The Wise Hall on 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2E2. Tickets are $15 – $25 donation (sliding scale) and available at the door or through Eventbrite. Featured artists include: Mitcholos S. Touchie, Kimmortal, Purple Hearts Social Club, Warren Hooley, Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society & Butterflies in Spirit, with emcees Suzette Amaya and Racquel Villagante.

 Proceeds from Nchu7mut Kaisa will support The Third International Babaylan Conference, a collaboration event between Kathara Society and The Center for Babaylan Studies. The conference seeks to build bridges and interconnections with the original peoples or First Nations of Turtle Island. Workshops, creative performances, ritual and ceremony, and educational opportunities will focus on what can be learned from each other. Internationally-known artists and cultural stakeholders will lead participants through different mediums of learning, to reflect and share stories, ideas and experiences that honour indigenous roots, histories and legacies. “Babaylan is a Filipino word that refers specifically to an individual or a group of healers, mostly women, who were acknowledged as possessing extraordinary gifts of vision (an ability to see through schemes or situations and later advise on future plans) and healing (a specific touch or intuited or passed-on knowledge to specific processes of ‘fixing’ and ‘putting’ people and things together). The first priority of all Babaylan [is] her community.” — Carlos Villa

Nchu7mut Kaisa official EventBrite site http://bit.ly/29X0qWD

Center for Babaylan Studies website http://bit.ly/1f2MreV

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