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PIFA Preview Celebration

May 30 – June 4, 2017

We are 1-year early…but we love a celebration! Join us as we celebrate PIFA 2018 with a week-long celebration to unite and inspire the entire community through free, interactive experiences, a star-studded public arts panel discussion, and a spirit of community.

 Brought to Dilworth Park by Internationally-renowned French visual artist Olivier Grossetete in partnership with the Kimmel Center, hundreds of Philadelphians will construct The People's Tower --  a huge edifice without any cement or bricks! 1,400 cardboard boxes and 18 miles of masking tape will rise into an 88 foot monumental-community-performance-architectural structure evocative of Independence Hall.

Be part of an art project on a scale you’ve never seen!  All events are FREE and fun for all ages. 

Full Schedule of Events:

Create The People's Tower Building Blocks!
May 30 – June 2, Wilma Theater | 3-hour workshops

Help build sections of The People's Tower leading up to the ceremonial Dilworth Park erection and subsequent ceremonial demolition. Register for one workshop or all!




Build The People’s Tower!
June 3, Dilworth Park
9am – 6pm

A new landmark for Philadelphia -- built by Philadelphians! Help build the fantastical, epic, temporary People's Tower and watch in amazement as it soars above Dilworth Park! Come rain or shine.



Art in Public Space: A Public Forum

June 4, the Kimmel Center


Hear a panel of star-studded public artists, place makers, and arts administrators dive into what exactly is public space and what it means to create art within it.  Learn how public art is different from art presented in a traditional theater, and how it connects an audience.



Topple The People's Tower!
June 4, Dilworth Park

Art is fleeting -- come demolish the People's Tower! Normally, audiences are advised not to touch the art, and certainly not to smash it.  But for the ceremonial toppling, touching will be necessary and trampling will be encouraged!