The Open Call Guerilla Outdoor Performance Festival Hits City Hall’s Underground Concourse, March 7 And March 14

City Hall
This Saturday, the concourse beneath City Hall becomes a venue for pop-up performance art. (Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia) (J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)

From busking musicians to commissioned muralists, subway concourses are not an unfamiliar venue for a wide array of performance and visual artists.

In Philadelphia, performing arts rarely crop up in our subways, but this and next Saturday, performance art heads underground in a two-day street performance and guerrilla theater event organized by artist Beth Heinly.

The Open Call Guerilla Outdoor Performance Festival: Spring Break Edition is a planned spectacle of 22 pieces of performance art, with artists performing works of all length, manner and subject in City Hall’s Underground Concourse.

On Saturday, March 7 and Saturday, March 14 at various intervals between around 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., the 3.5 mile pedestrian tunnels located under Philadelphia’s City Hall will become a stage for works ranging from a rouge service of free mac ‘n’ cheese using pirated electricity to a Maypole ribbon dance on one of the columns in the huge area beneath Walnut and Locust streets.

Printed maps for locations to the performances will be distributed throughout the concourse, and on SEPTA. Plus, an online map to locate the performances is available online.

Open Call Guerilla Outdoor Performance Festival: Spring Break Edition
When: Saturday, March 7 and Saturday, March 14, approximately 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: City Hall’s Underground Concourse
Cost: Free
More info: www.ocgopf.tumblr.com

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