KIMMEL CENTER ANNOUNCES
PIFA PREVIEW CELEBRATION WEEK
WITH COMMUNITY ART PROJECT AT DILWORTH
THE PEOPLE’S TOWER
MAY 30--JUNE 4, 2017
Community Invited to Help Construct and Tear Down 8-Story Cardboard Tower
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has announced a PIFA preview celebration week taking place May 30 through June 4, 2017. The week of activities will celebrate the 2018 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) through free, interactive experiences, a star-studded public art panel, and a spirit of community. Details about the upcoming Festival will be announced at a press conference to be held on June 3 at Dilworth Park. Serving as the centerpiece of the weekend’s activities, the public is invited to help build The People’s Tower –an 88-foot cardboard structure designed by French artist Olivier Grossetête and inspired by the architecture of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. This will be the American Premiere of Grossetête’s work, presented in partnership with European artist network In Sutu. Free workshops will be held May 30 – June 2 to create the 1,400 building blocks of cardboard (registration required) and the weekend will conclude with the ceremonial topping of the tower on Sunday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.
BUILDING BLOCKS WORKSHOP (Registration Required)
Wilma Theatre- June 3- any time between 9:30 am. - 6:00 p.m. The public will help- build the epic, temporary People’s Tower, and watch it soar over Dilworth Park. The People’s Tower will stand overnight and be demolished at 7:00 p.m. the following evening.
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES PANEL DISCUSSION
Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden- June 4, 2:00 p.m. A panel of star-studded public artists, place-makers and arts administrators will discuss what it means to discuss art within public spaces. Learn how public art is different from art presented in a traditional theatre.
TOPPLE THE TOWER
Dilworth Park, June 4, 7:00 p.m. Community is invited to come and topple the tower that was created the previous day.