Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

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.

The Kimmel Center Prepares For Travels In Time

Mar 4, 2013

When the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) ended in May of 2011, no one knew for sure if there would be a second one. But now, as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the city is preparing for PIFA 2013, a journey through time, which runs from March 28th to April 27th.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) Executive Director Ed Cambron speaks with Jim Cotter about plans for the second, month-long event set for March and April of next year.

PIFA Executive Director Ed Cambron shares plans for the next month-long Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, scheduled for March 28th to April 27th, 2013

Susan Lewis considers early 20th-century artists whose work in Paris has inspired PIFA collaborations.

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.

Photo by Candace DiCarlo

Jim Cotter speaks with composer Jennifer Higdon, the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to the Philadelphia Orchestra's spring 2010 tour of Asia.

And we speak with organizers of the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which takes place in April, 2011.

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