WXPN Collaborates With The Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts

posted April 13, 2011

WXPN Collaborates With The Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts

WXPN will collaborate with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, PIFA, April 7-May 1. Inspired by the Kimmel Center, the three-week festival features hundreds of Philadelphia performances and activities. WXPN will partake in the festivities with WXPN Free At Noon Concerts at the Kimmel Center Plaza, WXPN Wednesday Nights at the Kimmel Center Plaza and live performances at the PIFA Street Fair.

The WXPN Free At Noon Concerts at the Kimmel will take place on the Kimmel Center Plaza Stage on April 8, 15, 22 and 29. XPN Midday Host Helen Leicht will broadcast live from the Kimmel Center on Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WXPN will offer free concert and DJ sets during WXPN Wednesday Nights at the Kimmel on the Kimmel Center Plaza Stage. Dates and performances include:

  • Wednesday, April 13
    Bobby Long and Fleeting Ends will perform from 5-7 p.m. Dave P of WXPN's "Making Time RADio" will spin records from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20
    Franz Nicolay & Major General and Liz Longley will perform from 5-7 p.m. Keith Brand of WXPN's "Sleepy Hollow" will DJ from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 27
    John Wesley Harding and special guest will perform from 5-7 p.m. Robert Drake of WXPN's "Land of the Lost" program will DJ from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

The Avenue of the Arts (Broad Street between Chestnut and Lombard Streets) will transform into a Parisian rue with street vendors and more on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. during the PIFA Street Fair. WXPN host Dan G will broadcast live from the event. WXPN will also host a tent that will feature busking performances by local musicians. Performances and schedule include:

  • Dante Bucci: 12:30 p.m.
  • Deb Callahan with Allen James: 1:30 p.m.
  • Brad Hinton (of Wissahickon Chicken Stack): 3:30 p.m.
  • Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones): 4:30 p.m.

"PIFA is an incredible opportunity for the Greater Philadelphia region to immerse themselves in moments of art and inspiration all in the spirit of the Belle Epoque," said XPN General Manager Roger LaMay. "Connecting musicians with audiences is WXPN's mission. We are thrilled to collaborate with PIFA and be a part of the convergence."

PIFA creates a place on the world stage for the city's arts and cultural scene with a three-week festival featuring free and ticketed performances and activities. Inspired by the Kimmel Center, PIFA celebrates the collaboration, innovation and creativity present in every art form. The first-ever festival, centered around the theme "Paris: 1910-1920," showcases newly commissioned works, unexpected partnerships with both local and international artists and non-traditional and emerging art forms, along with classic performances that will engage residents and visitors alike.

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