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Welcome to the Press Room of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Here you can access press releases, images, contact information, and more. For more information about any of our events or to be added to our press list to receive press releases and media alerts, please contact Monica Robinson, Public Relations Manager, at or 215-790-5847.

Press Releases

2017 Afropunk Battle Of The Bands Winner & Kimmel Center Theater Resident Alum Courtnee Roze Presents The Culture In SEI Innovation Studio October 26-28, 2017

Tony® Award-Winning Best Musical Returns To Philadelphia Opening October 3, 2017 On The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus

HGTV Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott Bring The Scott Brothers' House Party To The Kimmel Center's Merriam Theater September 6

Four-Time Grammy Award-Winning Soprano Renée Fleming Makes Kimmel Center Debut in Solo Recital In Verizon Hall, October 15

Italian Composer and Pianist Ludovico Einaudi Performs Essential Einaudi At The Kimmel Center's Merriam Theater October 28, 2017

The Patriot Tour Featuring Marcus Lutrell, Taya Kyle, Chad Fleming & David Goggins Comes To The Kimmel Center's Merriam Theater October 20, 2017

Legendary Jazz Musician and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Herbie Hancock Returns To The Kimmel Center On New U.S. Tour October 4, 2017

Comedian and Actor Kevin James Returns To The Kimmel Center Campus For One Night Only October 7

Super News For "PJ Masks" Fans! "PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero!" Comes To   The Merriam Theater September 22 & 23, 2017

Grammy® and Latin Grammy® Award-Winning Singer Lila Downs Performs At The Kimmel Center's Merriam Theater October 22, 2017

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees YES Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Are Set To Perform On The Verizon Hall Stage Sunday, October 1

Bestselling Writer and Humorist David Sedaris Brings Laughter and Unparalleled Wit to Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, October 16, 2017

Michael McDonald Brings New Album and Greatest Hits to Philadelphia with Special Guest Marc Cohn

Kimmel Center Launches Public Engagement Process To Solicit Ideas for Renovation of Iconic Merriam Theater

2017 Marian Anderson Award Goes To Dionne Warwick

Kimmel Center Announces New Events For The 2017/18 Season

Kimmel Center Announces 2017/18 Jazz Season

Kimmel Center Announces New "Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel" for Summer 2017

Kimmel Center Reveals PIFA 2018 Details

Broadway's Biggest Blockbuster Wicked To Return To Philadelphia July 26,2017-August 27, 2017

Tim and Eric Announce 10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour! July 20 at Merriam Theater

Back By Popular Demand Miss D and Her Dancing Dolls Take Tour if Lifetime Hit Series Bring It! To The Kimmel Center's Merriam Theater, July 16, 2017

Kimmel Center Announces PIFA Preview Celebration Week with Community Art Project at Dilworth Park The People's Tower, May 30-June 4, 2017

PJ Masks Live! Time To Be a Hero Is Coming To Philadelphia, September 22 & 23, 2017

Kimmel Center Shares World Premiere Details for 2016-17 Jazz Residency Artists

Casting Announced for Remounting of the Bucks County Playhouse Production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Tony® Award-Winning Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Joins Seth Rudetsky for an Up Close and Personal Evening of Conversation and Song on the Kimmel Center Campus, June 3, 2017

Grammy® Award-Winning Tedeschi Trucks Band Makes Kimmel Center Cultural Campus Debut in a Three-Night Run, June 8-10, 2017

WHYY Celebrates Fresh Air 30th Anniversary with Live Seth Meyers Interview at the Kimmel Center, June 9, 2017

The Kimmel Center and Guggenheim Fellow Raphael Xavier Announce "Here & Now Hip Hop Forum," June 10, 2017

Philadelphia's Hometown Jazz Orchestra Performs A Night in Havana Featuring the Iconic Music of Dizzy Gillespie, June 10, 2017

The 2015 Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical Fun Home Makes Philadelphia Premiere at Forrest Theatre, June 13-18, 2017

Grammy® Award-Winning Jazz Artist Diana Krall Returns to the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus in Celebration of New Album Turn Up The Quiet, June 23, 2017

2017 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductees YES Announce North American Tour

After Record-Breaking Run in 2015, Motown The Musical Returns To Philadelphia for Two-Week Engagement on The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, May 30-June 11, 2017

International Irish Superstar Daniel O'Donnell Performs Songs from New Album "Back Home Again" at The Kimmel Center Campus, May 23, 2017

Philadelphia Native and Internationally-Recognized Concert Organist Norman Mackenzie Performs at Verizon Hall, May 20, 2017

Marc Maron - Press Release for THE TOO REAL TOUR Spring 2017

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage Returns to Philadelphia!, Merriam Theater Engagement Runs May 16-21, 2017

Best-Selling American Instrumental Artist & Grammy Award Winner Chris Botti Performs at The Kimmel Center Campus, May 6, 2017

Direct from Kennedy Center to Philadelphia, Jazz Powerhouses Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, and Dee Dee Bridgewater Perform A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln, May 5, 2017

Legendary Emmy and Tony Award Winner Hal Holbrook Performs the Critically-Acclaimed Mark Twain Tonight! at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, May 4, 2017

Daniel Alexander Jones and His Fierce Alter Ego Jomama Jones Bring BLACK LIGHT To SEI Innovation Studio, May 4-6, 2017

Actress & Singer Lea Michele Kicks Off Limited North American Tour May 1 at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia

2017/18 Broadway Philadelphia Season Announced; 12 Blockbuster Productions with a Combined 31 Tony Award® Wins; Plus Hamilton Details for 2018/19 Season

Unique Summer Camp Offerings for Students at The Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center & Mural Arts Philadelphia Announce New "Art of the Protest" Series

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Makes Philadelphia Premiere at the Forrest Theatre, April 18-23, 2017

Brit Floyd Brings the Pink Floyd Immersion World Tour to the Academy of Music, April 15, 2017

Multi-Platinum International Music Sensation Celtic Woman To Present Newest Show at the Academy of Music, April 14, 2017 

Philadanco's Spring Program Showcases Favorite Choreographers of Founder Joan Myers Brown at the Perelman Theater, April 13-15, 2017

Live Concert Event Combines Polaris Prize-Winning Throat Singer Tanya  Tagaq, Organ Improvisation, and Silent Film Nanook of the North for One-Night-Only Experience at Verizon Hall, April 13, 2017

Jazz Pianist Cyrus Chestnut and His Trio Bring an Evening of Gospel- and Blues-Inspired Music to SEI Innovation Studio, April 13, 2017

Legendary Award-Winning Actress and Comedian Carol Burnett, An Evening of Laughter and Reflection Where the Audience Asks the Questions, Academy of Music, April 11, 2017

Full Casting Announced for the Philadelphia Premiere of Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-Winning Production of Cabaret, Playing the Academy of Music April 4-9, 2017

Kimmel Center Jazz Season Continues with the Aaron Diehl Trio in SEI Innovation Studio, April 1, 2017

One-Night-Only Program Combines Brass and Organ Music Featuring All-Female Brass Ensemble tenThing and Organist Jeffrey Brillhart at Verizon Hall, March 29, 2017

The King and I Makes Philadelphia Premiere at the Kimmel Center's Academy of Music, March 22-April 2, 2017

World's Youngest Grammy Nominee Joey Alexander To Perform Songs from New Album Countdown at the Kimmel Center, March 18-19, 2017

By Popular Demand 16-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Ethan Bortnick Returns to Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater To Perform Classic Covers and Original Works, March 17, 2017

Philadelphia's Favorite Drag Queen Returns to SEI Innovation Studio for a New Musical Martha Graham Cracker in Lashed but Not Leashed, March 16-18, 2017

DRUMLine Live's World Tour Brings Brand New Production to the Merriam Theater, March 9-10, 2017

Merriam Theater Welcomes Emmy® Award-Winning Choreographer Travis Wall and his Dance Company Shaping Sound for Brand New Contemporary Dance Show After the Curtain, March 7, 2017

Internationally-Acclaimed Vocal Trio Il Volo Brings Their New Tour Una Notte Magica - A Tribute to The Three Tenors to Verizon Hall, March 7, 2017

First-Ever Live Tour of Hit Nickelodeon Show PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue" Comes to the Merriam Theater, March 3-5, 2017

Kimmel Center and Bucks County Playhouse Announce New Partnership and Cultural Exchange

The Second City, Chicago's Famous Improv Theater Troupe, Returns to Philadelphia for "We're All in this Room Together," February 3-4, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Kicks Off Black History Month at The Kimmel Center with Powerful and Relevant Works, February 3-4, 2017

First National Tour of Hit Off-Broadway Comedy "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" Brings 'Very Adult Comedy' to the Perelman Theater, February 9-11, 2017

Writer/Performer Ryan Raftery Brings Hilarious Anna Wintour-Inspired Show to Kimmel Center After Sold-Out Run at New York's Famed Joe's Pub Theater, February 9-11, 2017

"America's Got Talent Finalists" iLuminate Combine Music, Dance, and Technology To Light Up The Merriam Theater Stage in Kimmel Center Debut, February 10-11, 2017

Jazz Singer-Songwriter Kat Edmonson Brings Her Pure and Soul-Filled Sounds to the Perelman Theater, February 12, 2017

Brazil's Premier Professional Folk Dance Company Balé Folclórico da Bahía Performs at the Merriam Theater, February 17, 2017

Tony Award® Winner Alan Cumming Performs Critically-Acclaimed Cabaret Show "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs" at Verizon Hall, February 19, 2017

U.S. National Tour of the West End Smash Hit Musical "The Bodyguard" To Play Philadelphia's Academy of Music, February 21-26, 2017

First National Tour of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" Makes Philadelphia Premiere at the Kimmel Center's Academy of Music, February 28-March 5, 2017

Kimmel Center Hosts 12th Annual New Year's Day Celebration with Free Family Entertainment

Kimmel Center President & CEO Anne Ewers Wins Bronze Stevie® Award in 2016 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

The Kimmel Center and Garces Events Present "Mamma Mia!" Wedding Giveaway, in Celebration of the Hit Musical's Farewell Run in Philadelphia

Breakout Gospel Group The Jones Family Singers Take Gospel to a New Level at Free Performances in SEI Innovation Studio, January 15-16, 2017

Kimmel Center and The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel Announce New Partnership for "Late Night at The Logan" Series

Blackbird Presents Announces "The Last Waltz 40 Tour," Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, January 29, 2017

Jerry Blavat Returns to the Kimmel Center for "Gospel, Soul, and Doo Wop Reunion" in his Annual Performance at Verizon Hall, January 28, 2017

Beloved Children's Book Series "Elephant & Piggie" Comes to Life on Stage in New Production at the Merriam Theater, January 21, 2017

For the First Time in Philadelphia, Cirque Éloize's Newest Production "Saloon" Takes the Stage at the Merriam Theater, January 13-14, 2017

Philadelphia Celebrates One of Mexico's Most Popular Holidays "Three Kings Day" with a Free Event on Commonwealth Plaza, January 6, 2017

Kimmel Center Announces New Season of "Broadway Up Close" Series, Hosted by Seth Rudetsky

NBC10 & The Kimmel Center Host Dance Auditions for "Hairspray Live!" Viewing Party, November 15

Kimmel Center Introduces New Teacher Appreciation Initiative for 2016-17 Season

"Mamma Mia!" Walks Down the Aisle of the Merriam Theater for the Holidays, December 27-31, 2016

"A Soulful Christmas" Beloved Holiday Tradition Returns to Verizon Hall To Celebrate the Holidays with Inspiration and Song, December 13, 2016

String Quartet Well-Strung Fuses Pop and Classical Music in Holiday Show "A Well-Strung Christmas" at the Perelman Theater, December 8, 2016

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Pays Tribute to John Coltrane in "Trane-ing Day" at the Perelman Theater, December 3, 2016

Best-Selling Christmas Artist Mannheim Steamroller To Perform Famed "Christmas" Album at the Academy of Music, December 3, 2016

Hasan Minhaj Brings His Theatrical Debut Tour "Homecoming King" to the Perelman Theater, December 2, 2016

Norah Jones Releases New Song "Tragedy" From Her "Inspired & Breathtaking" Album "Day Breaks"

Kimmel Center Debuts "The Outer Space," New Work by Theater Residency Alumni Ethan Lipton, December 1-3, 2016

Kimmel Center Presents Free Mexrrissey Concert, A Gift to the City in Celebration of Dia de los Muertos, October 29, 2016

Kimmel Center Announces Jazz Residency Artists for 2016-17 Season

Kimmel Center Announces Purchase of the Merriam Theater and New Partnership with The University of the Arts

Neil deGrasse Tyson Goes on a Scientific Journey Through Our Favorite Films in "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies," November 30, 2016

Based on the Award-Winning PBS Series "Odd Squad: Live!" Tackles the Weird and Wacky in Philadelphia at the Merriam Theater, November 25-26, 2016

First National Tour of "An American in Paris" Makes Philadelphia Premiere at the Kimmel Center's Academy of Music, November 22-27, 2016

Smokey Robinson Brings His Motown Hits Back to the Stage at the Academy of Music, November 18, 2016

PHILADANCO and Rennie Harris Puremovement Come Together in a Fusion of Hip-Hop and Modern Dance in "Straight Outta Philly," November 18-20, 2016

Lewis Black Brings His Infamous Yell and Sarcastic Wit to the Academy of Music in "The Emperor's New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour," November 5, 2016

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Organist Alan Morrison Join Forces for "British Organ Invasion" at Verizon Hall, November 5, 2016

Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Musicians Chucho Valdes and Joe Lovano Form Quintet for First-Ever Collaboration, November 4, 2016

Kimmel Center Celebrates Back-to-School with Robust Family Programming and Fresh Education Offerings

World Famous Shanghai Acrobats Perform Jaw-Dropping Stunts in Brand New Show Shanghai Nights, October 30, 2016

Mexico City Rock Bank Mexrrissey Plays Morrissey's Greatest Hits in Supercharged Tribute, October 29, 2016

Steve Martin and Martin Short Come Together for An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life at the Academy of Music, October 28-29, 2016

Anthony Bourdain Brings New Live Show to Philadelphia As Part of The Hunger Tour, October 26, 2016

Grammy-Winning Country Star Rosanne Cash To Perform Songs from Award-Winning Album The River & The Thread, October 20, 2016

Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees Brings Together Renowned Singers and Songwriters for an Intimate Evening of Acoustic Song, October 19, 2016

Folk Music Powerhouses Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter Come Together at the Academy of Music, October 9, 2016

Legendary Rock Band Kansas To Perform Breakthrough Album Leftoverture in its Entirety for the First Time Ever, October 1, 2016

Kimmel Center Announces Details For 2nd Annual Open House Season Kickoff Event, September 10, 2016, 10AM-2PM

Jazz 100 Brings Together World-Class Lineup of Guest Performers To Celebrate 100 Years of Music by Dizzy, Ella, Mongo, and Monk, September 30, 2016 

Philadelphia-Native Amos Lee Returns Home To Perform Songs from New Album "Spirit," September 11, 2016

Comedic Genius and Political Commentator Bill Maher Returns to the Academy of Music, September 9, 2016

Broadway Dreams Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Season at the Kimmel Center, August 6-14

Kimmel Center Announces Upcoming Productions and Performers for 2016-17 Season

Kimmel Center Board of Directors Extends Contract of President & CEO Anne Ewers Through 2019-20 Season

Comedy Stars Nick Offrerman and Megan Mullally Brings Their "Summer of 69 – No Apostrophe" Tour to the Merriam Theater, August 20, 2016

Live Tour of Lifetime® Hit Series "Bring It!" Brings Miss D and Her Dancing Dolls to the Merriam Theater Stage, August 5, 2016

British Rock Star Bryan Ferry Brings "Avonmore" Tour to Verizon Hall with Special Guest LP, July 21, 2016

International Superstar Yanni Brings His Greatest Hits and New Songs to the Academy of Music, July 19–20, 2016

Two Popular Productions Added to the 2016-17 Broadway Philadelphia Season; Returning Favorites “Dirty Dancing” and Cique Eloize

2016 Marian Anderson Award To Be Presdented to Patti LaBelle and Gamble & Huff

Joe's Pub at the Public & Kimmel Center Present 2016 Kimmel Center Theater Residency, June 13-26

Kimmel Center Announces All-Star Lineup for 2016-17 Jazz Season

Kimmel Center Presents 6th Annual Organ Day - Free Day of Organ Programs for All Ages, June 11, 2016

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Philadelphia Premiere of If/Then at the Academy of Music, June 21–26, 2016

Philadelphia Native Indie Artist Gregory Alan Isakov Performs at Verizon Hall, Joined by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, June 19, 2016

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Presents A String of Pearls with Special Guest Pat Martin and Trio, June 18, 2016

Tony-Winning Broadway Superstar Kelli O'Hara Joins Seth Rudetsky for an Evening of Comedy and Song, June 14, 2016

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Riverdance, the Legendary Dance and Music Spectacle Returns to Kimmel Center's Academy of Music as Part of the 20th Anniversary Tour, June 14-19, 2016

The Kimmel Center and Prism Quartet Present the World Premiere of Color Theory, June 4 and June 11

Kimmel Center Announces Ticket Details for Three Huge, Must-See Shows

Mel Brooks... Back in the Saddle Again! A Hilarious Conversation with Mel Brooks and Screening of Blazing Saddles at the Academy of Music May 21, 2016

British Youtube Comedy Sensations Dan Howell and Phil Lester Star in The Amazing Tour is Not On Fire at the Academy of Music May 20, 2016

Show Stoppers: Musical Cheers Showcases Talented Local Students in a Tribute to Acclaimed Musicals May 19, 2016

Broadyway 'Bombshell' Megan Hilty Performs with Seth Rudetsky at the Merriam Theater May 17, 2016

Kimmel Center Jazz Series Continues with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis in a Tribute to Miles Davis May 15, 2016

Circus Meets Opera in La Verita Compagnia Finzi Pasca's Cirque-Inspired Spectacle at the Merriam Theater May 13-14, 2016

Comedy Superstar Brian Regan Performs One-Night-Only at the Merriam Theater During North American Tour May 7, 2016

The World's Naughtiest Magic Spectacle, The Naked Magic Show, Comes to the Merriam Theater May 6, 2016

Kimmel Center Announces Details of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Finale Street Fair, April 23, 2016

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization Present 2016-17 Broadway Philadelphia Season Showcases 10 Blockbuster Productions with a Combined 29 Tony Award® Wins

Kimmel Center Announces New Details of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Plaza Installation, Performance Details and More

The Kimmel Center Presents AC2 An Intimate Eveneing with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen at the Academy of Music April 9, 2016

Kimmel Center Presents Peppa Pig's Big Splash at the Academy of Music April 8, 2016

David Cross Brings Making America Great Again! Tour to Merriam Theater April 3, 2016

Kimmel Center Presents An Exclusive Screening And Panel Discussion of Natural Born Pranksters At Verizon Hall, March 24, 2016

Ticketing Details Announced For Article 13 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Grand Opening Program, April 8-10, 2016

Kimmel Center and Marian Anderson Award Announce Partnership for Future Award Ceremonies on February 25, 2016

Broadway Philadelphia Presents "The Sound of Music," New National Touring Production Makes Philadelphia Premiere at the Academy of Music, February 2016

Live Theatrical Performance of "PostSecret: The Show" Brings Secrets to Life on Stage at Perelman Theater; March 18-19, 2016

Broadway Philadelphia Presents "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," First National Tour Makes Philadelphia Premiere at Kimmel Center's Academy of Music; March 23, 2016

José González Brings New Tour Featuring Chamber Ensemble Ymusic to Verizon Hall; March 23, 2016

Kimmel Center Welcomes the World's Youngest Solo Musician Ethan Bortnick to the Perelman Theater; March 26, 2016

Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster to Perform "One Night Only" Solo Show at Merriam Theater; March 3, 2016

Live Presentation of Hit PBS Show Wild Kratts Live! Brings Adventure to Life on Stage at the Merriam Theater; March 4-5, 2016

Grammy Award-Winning Irish Folk Band The Chieftains Return to the Kimmel Center; March 13, 2016

Kimmel Center Announces New Details of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Plaza Installation, Performance Details and More on January 23, 2016 

Broadway Philadelphia Presents "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles." 2016 National Tour Brings New Songs and High-Definition Imagery to the Merriam Theater, February 11-14, 2016

Kimmel Center Presents Fritz Lang's Silent Film Metropolis with Live Organ at Verison Hall, February 27, 2016 

First National Tour of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live!" Debuts at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, January 15-16, 2016 

Former Kimmel Center Theater Resident Jamie Leonhart Returns to Perform Her Newest Piece Estuary: An Artist/Mother Story, February 4-6, 2016

Networks Presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, February 16-21, 2016

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Beloved Stories Come to Life on Stage at the Merriam Theater February 21, 2016

Kimmel Center Welcomes Dynamic Instrumental Duo 2Cellos to Verizon Hall Debruary 23, 2016                                

Broadway Philadelphia Presents the Philadelphia Premiere of Four-Time Tony Award Winner Pippin, February 23-28

Grammy Award-Winning Pianist Ramsey Lewis and Renowned Guitarist John Pizzarelli Pay Tribute to Nat King Cole in Straighten Up and Fly Right at the Merriam Theater, February 26, 2016

National Tour of Once Returns to Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, January 15-17, 2016

Renowned Jazz Vocalist Rene Marie to Perform songs From Grammy® Nominated Eartha Kitt Tribute Album at Kimmel Center, January 30, 2016

Radio Legend and Philadelphia Music Icon Jerry Blavat Returns to Verizon Hall for "Salute to Street Corner Harmony", January 23, 2015

Kimmel Center Announces Updated Schedule for Seth Rudetsky's Broadway Concert Series, December 10, 2015

Final Installment in Kimmel Center's "Business of Making Music" Free Seminar Series, December 8, 2015

Wayne Kimmel, Gregory Segall, and Tony Werner Elected to Kimmel Center Board of Directors, December 7, 2015

Kimmel Center Celebrates the Holidays with Free Programming, Lobby Festivities, Annual New Year's Day Celebration and More, December 3, 2015

Don Henley Wraps Up "Cass Country Tour" At Kimmel Center's Academy of Music November 12, 2015, 7:30 P.M.

Kimmel Center Continues Summertime Series of Free Performances and Ticketed Events

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Announces Seven New Board Members to its Board of Directors and 2016 Slate of Officers

Kimmel Center Add International Jazz, Brass & Family-Friendly Theater Offerings to Stellar 2015-16 Season Line-Up

Kimmel Center Announces Details of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts April 8-23, 2016