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Saturday, Sept. 18
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
50+ arts organizations from across the region to participate, FREE performances and activities, and a FREE finale performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra mark the momentous occasion
WHO:            Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra
WHAT:          Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra welcome Philadelphians to celebrate a return to in-person arts through a FREE day-long celebration featuring spectacular festival-style performances, demonstrations, and giveaways.
Whats happening
Taking place Saturday, September 18, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., this FREEgrand reopening event will take place under the spacious and airy glass dome of the largest Kimmel Cultural Campus building – the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located at 300 S. Broad Street.
Guests will enjoy a wide variety of activities and performances, including a finale performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra in Verizon Hall and an opportunity to take photos with the I “Heart” Philly sculpture, formerly on display in Love Park.
ONE-DAY-ONLY Flash Sale – Guests will receive 20% off select shows when purchasing tickets in-person at the Kimmel Center Box Office! Discount available on over 40 performances including Hamilton, Rent, Hairspray, Alton Brown, Rocky In Concert, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and many more!
The Kimmel Cultural Campus holds the safety of its guests, artists, and staff as top priority. Attendees must show proof of full vaccination at the time of entry and masks are required.
Additionally, numerous safety enhancements have been made across the Campus, including significant investments to the HVAC systems to maximize fresh air intake through use of CDC recommended Merv-13 air filters to optimize air quality.
Updates have included increased frequency and thoroughness of disinfection of high-touch areas with CDC-recommended products and equipped each venue with numerous hand sanitizer dispensers. More information on Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Safe & Clean commitment can be found here.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the reopening fanfare along the Avenue of the Arts.
WHEN:          September 18, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Arts Launch Event
WHERE:        The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts building
                       300 S Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
WHY:            Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra are elated to raise the Campus curtains once again to the Philadelphia community. The freefestival-style event will once again give life to the vibrant arts organization, celebrating diversity and creative energy after a darkening of the Avenue of the Arts. The event will encourage guests to lean into the healing power of artistic performances, mark a new chapter of unity for the Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and unite the Philadelphia community.
·       10:15 – 10:50 a.m. – Penn Band marches and plays down Broad Street to Kimmel Center
·       11 a.m. – Hip Hop Fundamentals (Perelman Theater)
·       11:00 a.m. – The Philly POPS (Commonwealth Plaza Stage)
·       11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Glitter & Gold (temporary) tattoos (Balcony Bar & Lounge – Tier 2)
·       11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Penn Museum: The Stories We Wear Lounge (Come share your stories. Exhibit preview activity) (Balcony Bar & Lounge – Tier 2)
·       11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Garces Balcony Bar open with DJ Kevin Ngo from Dance Republic (Music outdoors – Balcony Bar & Lounge – Tier 2)
·       11:20 a.m. – The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble (Perelman Theater)
·       11:30 a.m. – Laura Lizcano Quartet (Commonwealth Plaza Stage)
·       11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Dancing Classrooms Philly: Social Dance Workshop (15 min. workshops in Rendell Room on Tier 1)
·       11:40 a.m. – International Ballet Exchange (Perelman Theater)
·       12:00 p.m. – Hip Hop Fundamentals (Perelman Theater)
·       12:00 p.m. – Leopold Stokowski Historical Marker Dedication. More information here. (Academy of Music)
·       12:10 p.m. – Opera Philadelphia (Commonwealth Plaza Stage)
·       12:30 p.m. – Kung-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) (Perelman Theater)
·       12:40 p.m. – Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Commonwealth Plaza Stage)
·       12:45 p.m. – Toho Publishing: Poetry readings (70 minutes/10 poets – in Rendell Room on Tier 1)
·       12:50 p.m. – BalletX (Perelman Theater)
·       1:00 p.m. – Musicopia: Arrastao Ensemble (Commonwealth Plaza Stage)
·       1:15 p.m. – ILL Doots (Commonwealth Plaza Stage)
·       1:25 p.m. – Esperanza Academy Dance Ensemble (Perelman Theater)
·       1:45 p.m. – PHILADANCO! (The Philadelphia Dance Company) (Perelman Theater)
·       2:05 p.m. – Philadelphia Ballet (Perelman Theater)
·       2:10 p.m. – Opera on Tap Philadelphia (Commonwealth Plaza Stage)
·       2:25 p.m. – Usiloquy Dance Designs (Perelman Theater)
·       2:35 p.m. – Kimmel Cultural Campus ShowStoppers: Hamiltunes(Commonwealth Plaza Stage)
·       2:45 p.m. – The Movement Performing Arts Conservatory (Perelman Theater)
·       3:00 p.m. – The Philadelphia Orchestra (Verizon Hall)
Special thank you to Kimmel Cultural Campus Reopening Partner, PNC Arts Alive, for their continued support. For more information, please visit PNC Arts Alive,
FREE tickets to the performance in Verizon Hall are available now
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Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, our mission is to engage the region's diverse communities with art through performance and education. Our Cultural Campus serves more than 1-million guests per year and includes Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater – representing more than 160 years of rich history for the performing arts along Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. We are home to eight esteemed Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, we are the region's most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. Our Cultural Campus serves as a preeminent and inclusive place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of our region by cultivating a creative and socially responsible environment where our community shares experiences that are delivered with pride, integrity, and respect. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, we collaborate on, present, and produce a broad range of relevant and meaningful events, we serve as an active gathering space for social and community events, we educate the region's young people through access to quality arts experiences, and we provide support to artists in the creation of new work. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. Read Kimmel Cultural Campus' vision statement, world view, and mission statement here. Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how it encompasses our mission, co-workers, and programs here
PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Now in its thirteenth program year, PNC Arts Alive challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement. For more information on PNC Arts Alive, visit