The Hidden City Festival exposes nine oft-forgotten sites in Philadelphia with incredible art installations, performances and events for just four more days, through June 30. (Photo at bottom left by Bradley Maule; all others by Peter Woodall)
In case you haven’t heard, the Hidden City Festival is truly extraordinary. And if you haven’t already visited at least one of the the 10 projects at nine locations, it’s now or never.
This weekend, the five-week festival of site-specific art installations within hidden-in-plain-sight Philadelphia venues comes to a close.
Running from Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, June 30, each of the festival sites will be open for just four more days.
The festival not only spotlights under-appreciated destinations, but also activates each spaces with progressive artists and curious audiences. Visiting each site is a unique experience, and one that should definitely not be missed.
In addition to the experiences at each venue, this weekend also brings docent tours, open houses and a pair of grand reveals.
On Thursday, head to Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel, a South Philly storefront synagogue, to see the culmination of ADMK Knit Lab, textile designer Andrew Dahlgren’s project, which examined the culture of early Jewish immigrant textile workers through the knitting of a gigantic sweater.
Throughout the first five weeks of the festival, participants have been knitting building blocks of machine-knit textiles. This week, witness Dahlgren yarn bomb the facade of Shivtei Yeshuron with a building-size sweater.
On Saturday, visit the Kelly Natatorium at Fairmount Water Works to see the completed boats of The Bibotorium, a boatyard and educational saloon conceptualized and operated by the artists of Camp Little Hope.
During the festival, the artists have been constructing three boats to represent ideas of the future of the water of the Schuylkill River. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the collective presents Boat Unveiling: Dreamboats for Nightmares and their finished products.
For a complete guide, organized by city region, to the nine sites, tickets and events of the Hidden City Festival check here.
Festival passes are available online, and ticketing options include a single-day pass for $20, a weekend pass for $40 or an all-festival pass for $70.
For even more information and event times, check out the complete festival calendar online.
So, don’t miss out! Discover Hidden City.
Hidden City Festival 2013
When: Through June 30, Thursday to Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: All festival sites require a festival pass (see ticketing info above); $20-$70
More info: www.hiddencityphila.org