1911: a year in which Paris saw passion and greatness intertwine to redefine the path of art and creativity. 100 years later, Philadelphia has taken upon itself to draw inspiration from this exciting energy and transform the city into an ongoing art show. From Now until May 1st, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is going on all over the city, so take a few hours away from “studying.” Here’s your guide — check it.
Wine Tasting in the Plaza:
Learn about wine tasting and enjoy fine French wines and spirits. A perfect, romantic date for the 21+ crowd (and anyone who can pass themselves off as part of it).
>>April 8–May 1, Thursday–Saturday, 4–8 p.m., Kimmel Plaza
Eiffel Tower Light Show:
When Kanye sings about “all of the lights,” he’s surely referring to the 81–foot–tall lightbulb filled Eiffel Tower that now dominates the Kimmel Plaza. Go and enjoy a spectacular light show and a little taste of Paris in the center of Philly!
>> Daily, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Kimmel Plaza
Le Bateau Lavoir:
PIFA comes to the Penn campus by transforming the ICA into a Parisian bohemia for a day. Inspired by the Parisian arts enclave Le Bateau Lavoir, which Picasso was a part of, the program includes music, poetry, art exhibits and conversation.
>> April 23rd, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., ICA
Styling a Second Empire: A Light and Sound Experience:
Watch City Hall and 14 other buildings along the Avenue of the Arts come to life through moving lights, animated graphics and color–changing effects. This reinterpretation of Philadelphia’s most important architectural features is accompanied by original music composed by UArts students.
>> April 15–May 1st, Dusk–1 a.m., Avenue of the Arts from Market to Pine
Watch Broad Street transform into a Parisian street fair for the grand closing of PIFA. Street vendors, cafe tables, a park, musical performances and a giant Ferris Wheel will take you to a fantasy land of artsy fun. The final show will be an awe–inspiring routine by La Compagnie Transe Express, a French troupe that performs 100 feet in the air.
>> April 30, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Broad St. from Chestnut to Lombard