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Every other year, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) brings some of the world’s most dynamic artists, dance and theater companies, installations and interactive exhibits to the City of Brotherly Love.
What is the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts?
Produced by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, PIFA transforms this city into a living tribute to the power of creativity coming from some of the most acclaimed avant-garde performers on the planet—folks like gender-bending performance artist Taylor Mac and whimsical French dance troupe Transe Express. As such, the 11-day schedule of shows run the gamut from trippy to serene, featuring everything from a 24-hour musical about the history of popular music in America and a production of Hamlet performed with sheep to an aerial dance party that takes place on a “human chandelier” hanging over Broad Street. The whole thing closes out with the massive and quirky PIFA Street Fair on the Avenue of the Arts, one of the season’s most-anticipated festivals in Philadelphia.
When is PIFA 2018?
The festival runs May 31 to June 10 at various times throughout each day.
Where is the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts?
Shows take place all over the city, including the Kimmel Center, Belmont Plateau and the Merriam Theater. If that seems overwhelming, check out our curated guide to PIFA 2018 below to discover the coolest-sounding experimental shows that we think are absolutely worth seeing.