PIFA Is Back! The Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts, Returning March 28-April 27, 2013, Announces 50+ Partner Performances

In spring 2011, the first-ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts brought the Philadelphia artistic community together for 25 days of live music, dance, fashion, fine arts, poetry, cuisine and more, concluding with an epic street fair on the Avenue of the Arts. And now it’s back, March 28-April 27, 2013. (Photo courtesy PIFA)

We shared the exciting news earlier this year that the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is being brought back for round two in spring 2013.

After a smash success inaugural year in 2011, PIFA is returning to Philadelphia in just five months, showcasing local creative talent from March 28 to April 27, 2013.

Building on the triumphs from the first PIFA, this second city-wide arts festival produced by the Kimmel Center will focus on a Time Machine theme and include an impressive 50+ partner events throughout the city. And select PIFA 2013 shows are already on sale!

PLUS: you’ll be happy to hear that the PIFA Street Fair will be returning as well, taking over Broad Street from Chestnut to Lombard on Saturday, April 27, 2013, with street performers, music, food and much more. Something to get super hyped about.

Check out our curated overview of some of the most exciting performances planned for PIFA 2013:

The Bearded Ladies will perform a gender-bending cabaret piece, Wide Awake: Civil War Cabaret, exploring the musical legacy of northern and southern cultures during the Civil War in 1863.

• Percussive dancer and choreographer Germaine Ingram will pair up with modern dancer/choreographer Leah Stein to present a new multidisciplinary dance work, Where Heaven’s Dew Divides, inspired by Richard Allen’s divide from St. George Church to form his own African American congregation in Philadelphia in 1793.

Tribe of Fools will perform Shut Your Wormhole, a new comical theater piece about the invention of the Time Machine transporting a monkey test subject and visitors through 21st Century Philadelphia.

• In partnership with the Philadelphia Science Festival, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra will play Icarus at the Edge of Time, based on a book by physicist Brian Greene, including an original orchestral score by composer Philip Glass and animated film directed by British filmmakers Al+Al.

• Sculptor Jebney Lewis will create “We Make the City: Philadelphia, the Dawn of a New Century,” an interactive large scale model and walking tour of Philadelphia City Hall, which was completed on January 1, 1901; the model utilizes functioning organ pipes played by a moving Mummers’ band of kinetic sculptures.

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops will perform Bond and Beyond, based on the London Premiere of the first James Bond film, Dr. No (October 18, 1962), and subsequent 007 movies.

• The earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011 will be explored in a collaborative taiko drumming performance of Hiraki: Tsunami Loss & Hope, a newly commissioned work with Settlement Music School, Friends of the Japanese House and Garden and KyoDaiko.

National Museum of American Jewish History will host “Freedom Seder Revisited,” a dinner and multicultural celebration connecting the fourth night of Passover to the original Freedom Seder in D.C. held on the first anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1969.

• The Historical Society of Pennsylvania ArkHIVE multimedia show will combine Sebastienne Mundheim’s sculptural and shadow puppet talents with music and dance, inspired by William Penn’s landing and founding of Philadelphia, November 8, 1682.

Painted Bride Art Center is commissioning a new theatrical piece, If She Stood, exploring the founding of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1833.

• In collaboration with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Photographer James B. Abbott revisits Berlin 24 years after the fall of The Berlin Wall (November 10, 1989) to explore Berlin’s revitalized landscapes and neighborhoods in a special photography exhibit and performance.

PIFA 2013 spans from the beginning of time — 33 AD with the Philadelphia Orchestra performance on the crucifixion of Christ — and delves into the future with the world premiere of FutureFest Play Festival, a series of five one-act plays produced by Luna Theater Company. It’s going to be truly incredible.

For a complete visual timeline of all PIFA 2013 events with program details, visit the festival website’s searchable event calendar. Additional PIFA 2013 programs will be added to the lineup as the festival approaches.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) 2013
When: March 28–April 27, 2013
Where: Locations throughout the city
Cost: Varies based on event; many free
More info: www.pifa.org

Previously: PIFA Is Back: The Kimmel Center Announces The Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts Will Return In Spring 2013


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