The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Announces Summer Series of Free Performances in Philadelphia’s Public Spaces
PHILADELPHIA – The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) welcomes summer in the city with its annual series of free Performances in Public Spaces. From May through October, Performances in Public Spaces presents free, family-friendly cultural performances in public parks and plazas in neighborhoods across the city. The series is presented by OACCE and is one of the many ways in which the City supports Philadelphia’s creative talent.
“Performances in Public Spaces is for audiences of all ages to enjoy free performances presented by Philadelphia’s amazing artists,” said Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer. “By attending these events, audiences can appreciate the city’s outdoor spaces while enjoying the talent of our local artists and art organizations.”
This year, Performances in Public Spaces includes more than 30 free events with nine new participating arts groups and four new locations including LOVE Park, the Tacony Library, Roxborough Pocket Park, and Pastorius Park.
Featured events include a range of arts experiences, offering something for the whole family to enjoy. Philadelphia’s outdoor public spaces will become stages for exciting theatre productions that range from dramatic to comedic. The many musical performances included in the series will encompass genres like samba, bosso nova, Mexican classical, Afro-Caribbean plena and bomba, jazz, folk, big band and choral concerts. Families and individuals can be part of the show during interactive dance performances and concerts. Dance and theatre will combine during a site-specific performance of juggling, acrobatics, and aerial work. Poetry and the arts will be celebrated during two day-long festivals.
The 2019 series begins on this Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. with a special National Tap Dance Day performance by the Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble at FDR Park. For the full lineup of Performances in Public Spaces, including information about participating artists and arts organizations, event details and rain dates, visit creativephl.org/pps.
For a calendar of free arts and cultural events happening in Philadelphia this summer, including these Performances in Public Spaces, visit OACCE’s Arts Access Calendar at creativephl.org/events.
About Arts in Action
Through Arts in Action, OACCE activates public spaces in Philadelphia’s diverse and vibrant neighborhoods with free, quality cultural experiences. Arts in Action distinguishes non-traditional neighborhood spaces as anchors of creativity. The program introduces local creative talent and organizations to new audiences while providing accessible and family-friendly programming to Philadelphians year-round.
About City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy supports and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; develops partnerships that ensure culture and creativity are essential components of Philadelphia’s community revitalization, education, and economic development strategies; and links Philadelphians to cultural resources and opportunities. For more information about the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, visit CreativePHL.org and follow @CreativePHL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.