As the spectacular French-inspired Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts draws to a close after a month-long extravaganza featuring all that is good in the worlds of fashion, food, and culture, they are taking the party to the streets with the PIFA Street Fair. And don't expect them to go quietly. On Saturday, April 30, from 11am to 8:30pm, The Avenue of the Arts (Broad Street, Chestnut to Lombard) will get a grand makeover, gussied up to create a Parisian street fair in Philly: various vendors roaming la rue will proffer food and wares amidst cafe tables and chairs; crowd-pleasing international performers will be in attendance; a grassy 55-by-80-foot landscape sets the stage for sunning, with a convenient area perfect for parking the kids. Did we mention the installation of an enormous, giddy Ferris wheel?
In a coup de theatre, the French theatrical troop La Compagnie Transe Express closes the festival with a performance 100 feet in the air, circling around the setting sun in a glowing chandelier set-up that rivals The Phantom of the Opera and its inspiration, the magnificent glittering objet d'art in the Paris Opera House. Talk about a showstopper!
Thanks so much to The Annenberg Foundation, The Kimmel Center and everybody involved who shared their kindnesses and passion for supporting the arts in order to create such a marvelous party.
And thanks to nakedphilly.com for the snap here.
Stay tuned as eveningswithpeter.com ventures forth in its coverage of PIFA through May 1.