Various artist collectives geared up in a project series campaign dubbed #FreeTheArtist alongside the commemoration for the National Arts Month where they expressed their firm condemnation among pertinent issues like land-grabbing, political apprehension, and state terrorism through forms of artistry ranging from music and painting.

With liters of paints and hundreds of brushes, a 60-meter long mural painting of leaders from the urban poor and peasant community alongside political prisoners was put up in the perimeter walls of University of the Philippines – Diliman along Katipunan Avenue. Live performances of bands along with their striking song lyrics added to the amplification of the artist collectives’ call to the government.

The said campaign is led by Sama-samang artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (SAKA), Siing na Naglilingkod sa Bayan (SINAGBAYAN), and Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) lambasting the Duterte regime in its rampant human rights violations and illegal arrests among artist activists and cultural workers assailed for their art and participation in the peasant movement.

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