Saturday, April 16, 2011

Must-See-Sights of Paris and Philly at PIFA

The Eiffel Tower is one of the many places that you have to check out this month and you don't even need a passport!  Kimmel Center has a 81 foot replica of Paris' Eiffel Tower in their lobby acting as the centerpiece for their PIFA headquarters.  PIFA was inspired by the Kimmel Center so there are countless events and performances that will be taking place in the Plaza of the Kimmel Center, including free concerts! 

Many other local arts and cultural organizations and venues are also showcasing their best talents and premier collaborations for the first ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.  The events run until May 1st so you should map out your favorite spots in the city and indulge in art, French fare and fine wine, at more various venues around the Philadlephia.

The Plaza at the Kimmel Center is a hot spot during PIFA
Photo Courtesy of Kimmel Center

Table set up for PIFA in the Kimmel Center
One of the must-go-to events at PIFA is unlike the others, it's a dance party late-night at the Kimmel Center 's Plaza!  Mark your calendars for April 29th 9p.m - 2 am and tell your friends they won't want to miss it either.  Dance the night away with all things Paris in the City of Brotherly Love.  Get tickets to the Last Night in Paris Dance Party Now!  This special event is hosted by Boris Kodjoe feacturing music by DJ Gary O. There will also be live performances by Leah Smith with The Urban Guerrilla Orchestra.  Put on our dancing shoes and come dressed to impressed, no jeans will be permitted.

Philadelphia Magic Gardens Mosaic Tour
Photo Credit: E. Clark for GPTMC

If you have not seen the outside artwork on 1020 South Street, you are missing out! You should get over to Philadelphia Magic Gardens for a mosaic mural tour on Saturday at 12 or 4 p.m and Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m.  Philadelphia Magic Gardens(PMG) is located in the middle of a mosaic masterpiece.  It is a maze that you can admire and walk around to see the art up close and personal.  The tours are very reasonable at only $10 per adult including admission to PMG.


Above is a photo of the Mural Arts Tour courtesy of GPTMC.  The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is one of the countless collaborators of PIFA.  Check out the times of Mural Art Tours during PIFA at:  During PIFA they will focus the tours on many of the French influences that Isaiah Zagar had while creating many of the local pubic pieces of art.  Philadelphia is full of street art and this tour will point out many of the eye catching colorful murals and share the stories behind each one.  

Stay tuned for more PIFA sneak peak events and an inside scoop from Philly. PIFA IS HERE! Philadelphia April 7th – May 1st.  This post was written with the support of PIFA.

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