2018 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Gala
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts kicked off the 2018 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) with a black-tie gala on Thursday night May 31, 2018.
Guests were greeted at the gala by a Dragon Performance from the Kimmel Center’s ShowStoppers students as they enjoyed a cocktail party followed by a sit down dinner by Garces Events. I was a bit obsessed by the dragon as you’ll see.
There were pop-up performances by various entertainers including the West Philadelphia Orchestra, who maintained their balance very well on the Kimmel Center steps, which provided amazing acoustics for their fantastic performance. I really love their music. There were also performances by Melvis Santana & Ashedi , a creative music program by jazz students; After dinner guests headed into Verizon Hall for a performance by Toshi Reagon.
What gorgeous decor Pencora did with the gala; The lampshades are part of the PIFA celebration. You’ll recall in the past they’ve had a few spectacular center pieces in Commonwealth Plaza, including the popular Eiffel Tower. The lampshades are so clever, and make for a great background for selfies so stop by.
Don’t forget to check out the schedule of PIFA events HERE. There are a lot of unique performances happening that are once in a lifetime
Tonight’s Pick: Doggie Hamlet Monday, June 4
Very clever creating a “bar” at the base of the staircase where the entrance of Volver is located.
The Hillzinger Family
Teresa Bryce Bazemore Chair Elect of the Kimmel Center Board of Directors with Anne Ewers, President & CEO of Kimmel Center
Dr. Nina Radcliff, does not disappoint in bringing the fashion. She told me the butterflies on her dress were her daughter Carmen’s hair clips.
The names for the folks in this shot were lost in translation. If you have them please send them to me at HughE@PhillyChitChat.com, I’d like to use this shot in Philly Mag in August. Thanks
Stop by and see the amazing lamps
Concert Performance, An irresistible musical event featuring Toshi Reagon & special guests
Proceeds from the PIFA Gala support the Kimmel Center’s vital, year-round, free arts education programs for K-12 youth and bring free community programming to broad and diverse audiences in Philadelphia.