Time Travel Pifa Pop Up Parade Takes Over Philadelphia Today!
TIME TRAVEL POP UP PARADE
To celebrate the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and its 2013 theme of Time Travel, PIFA Characters will take over Philadelphia on Friday, March 22nd.
Prepare to travel through decades in the blink of an eye... a historical Pop Up PIFA Parade will take you through time, and some of Philadelphia’s history, in one amazing visual spectacle!
The PIFA Parade begins at approximately 11:15am with a cast of over 50 characters representing different moments in time (from Marilyn Monroe to George Washington!) that will be appearing at select Center City locations spreading info about the festival to passersby. At 12:45 pm everyone convenes at City Hall’s courtyard for a photo opportunity and concludes with a march down Broad Street to the Kimmel Center.
PIFA Social Media outlets and the costumed characters will be encouraging public to tweet photos of themselves with the actors for a chance to win $100 gift certificate to City Tavern and 2 tickets to attend Savion Glover’s world premiere of Dance Space at the Academy of Music on March 30. Tweets must include the hashtag #TimeTravel2 to qualify.
Notes: Each of the characters participating will be stationed at a site within the city of Philadelphia prior to meeting up at City Hall’s courtyard. Those locations include: Washington Square Park, 12th & Spruce Sts, Reading Terminal Market, Independence Mall, Art Museum, Prince Music Theater, Rittenhouse Square, Walnut St, Liberty Place, Logan Square, Suburban Station, Franklin Institute, 30th Street Station, Betsy Ross’ House, LOVE PARK and the Kimmel Center. If interested in covering this, also, you can find characters in these locations between 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
ABOUT PIFA 2013
In 2013, Philadelphia embarks on a month-long adventure as the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) asks audiences “If you had a time machine…” This journey takes us from the Big Bang to the invention of casual Fridays, and from a family-friendly puppet show in 1876 to the landing of Columbus in 1492, as the artists feverishly work together across time and space, crossing and blending a variety of styles to reflect PIFA’s core values of collaboration, innovation, and creativity.
Central to PIFA is the technological magic happening in the Plaza beneath the Kimmel Center’s vaulted glass roof. Awaiting everyone is an interactive Time Machine allowing visitors to personally experience time travel. The Time Machine, acting as the very-living heartbeat of the festival, will react to visitors as they walk through it and draw connections between each other, the history and future, and more. As an added bonus, the Plaza features a variety of stages with scheduled free programming of all varieties – including Flash of Time, a musical performed twice every night and specifically written for PIFA.
Throughout, PIFA will present works that explore specific moments in time – from the serious and somber to the lighthearted and silly! With more than 50 projects, there is something for thrill seekers and art-lovers of every generation! This festival guide serves as a roadmap covering centuries of moments, dozens of performances, and hundreds of things to do. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to take a trip through time.