Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Travel Through Time with PIFA

The PIFA Time Machine at the Kimmel Center

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.

Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

The Kimmel Center Prepares For Travels In Time

Construction begins on The Time Machine that will be the centerpiece of PIFA 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.

Creatively Speaking
11:34 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Plans for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

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.

Creatively Speaking
11:16 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts: Plans for 2013

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

News & Views
3:28 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Artists Who Inspired PIFA

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

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News and Views
7:17 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) 2011: The French Connection Part 2

Creatively Speaking
11:33 am
Sat April 16, 2011

Playwright Rogelio Martinez's Wanamaker's Pursuit--PIFA 2011-- Pennypacker Mills--James MacMillan

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.

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News and Views
7:14 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) 2011: The French Connection Part 1

Creatively Speaking
12:05 pm
Sat April 17, 2010

2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon--Phila. Orch.'s Asia Tour--Phila. Int'l Arts Festival '11

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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