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The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Returns!


Yesterday, the Kimmel Center invited the press to a sneak peak at the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), going down from March 28-April 27.

As you might remember, back in the spring of 2011, the inaugural festival united local, national and international talents to briefly transform Philly into Paris circa 1920. This year, the diverse group of participating artists will once again be giving locals a flash in the past, each having been asked to create new, thought-provoking works based around the simple, yet inspiring theme: If You Had a Time Machine….

You’d be surprised what sort of out-of-the-box works this theme seems to have spawned. For example, while No Face Performance Group reimagines the attempted assignation of Ronald Regan and the Center For Emerging Visual Arts explores the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bearded Ladies Cabaret has opted to tackle the Civil War.

In all, the massive citywide event has 50 artistic presentations in store, ranging from theater, dance and music performances to art exhibitions, lectures and other miscellaneous activities. And just like in 2011, it’ll all conclude with a free, daylong street fair along the Avenue of the Arts (which remains one of the most memorable things I’ve experienced in this city as a life-long resident).

Tickets are officially now on sale for all of the PIFA 2013 performances, so check out the full schedule of events and start making plans!

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