A decade of Paris in Philly

How often does the opportunity arise to experience and relive history? This year Philadelphia will bring a decade back to life that has defined arts throughout the 20th century.

Photo courtesy of PIFA

Known as the Belle Epoque (the “Beautiful Era), Paris from 1910 to 1920 was the destination of artists from around the world. The City of Lights provided the freedom to explore creativity and imagination by throwing out existing rules of art and discovering new ones. From classical ballet and music to painting and literature, no art form remained untouched by the people’s desire for expression and exploration. The most important measure was creativity and not origin, ethnicity or race.

The City of Brotherly will host local and international artists as they explore, recreate and expand the unrest, upheaval and creativity of the Belle Epoque April 7 – May 1, 2011 during the first ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), inspired by the Kimmel Center. Over 25 days 1500 artists will showcase and collaborate their creativity in 135 unique, only-in-Philadelphia events.

“We chose our theme because 100 years ago, Paris was the epicenter of creativity. Right now, Philadelphia’s creative community is poised to fuel the same spirit of ingenious creativity,” says Ed Cambron, executive director of PIFA.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts through May 1, supported by PIFA.

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