The second Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, or PIFA 2013, opened on March 28th. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Kimmel Center Plaza is once again be its hub - this time, with a giant Time Machine, and a number of free events. Kimmel Center President Anne Ewers says the festival highlights the Center's role as a public gathering space.
The city festival features music, theater, dance, and other activities staged by over 50 PIFA partners.
A number of free events will take place on the Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza, including Friday at noon concerts, late-night jazz, and a musical production Tuesday through Sunday nights. The 31-day festival ends with a public day-long fair on Broad Street on April 27th.
Watch a video featuring PIFA partners talking about their work and the idea of time travel.
Jim Cotter speaks with playwright Rogelio Martinez. The Arden Theatre presents the world-premiere production of his Wanamaker's Pursuit as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).
Susan Lewis considers two early 20th-century artists whose work in Paris has inspired collaborations in this year's PIFA.
Eric Brannon takes us to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA for an exhibition of historical mechanical musical devices - the forefathers of modern electronic appliances such as the CD player and the iPod.
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is now taking place at venues throughout the city with 135 events and 1,500 artists. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the historical context of PIFA, with a look at the arts and culture of early 20th-century Paris.