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  • 2014 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • Caribbean Festival

    The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing

    The Caribbean Festival takes place at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

    Travel to the Islands without leaving Philadelphia for the annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. This free festival of Caribbean traditions, music and food is a culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands featuring a collage of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes.

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  • Freedom Repertory Theatre

    A landmark of American theater history

    The “northern anchor” of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.

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  • Hedgerow Theatre

    Challenging theater in an 1840s gristmill

    Hedgerow offers the opportunity to watch emerging actors grow under the mentoring experience of veteran actors and directors.

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  • Jeanne Ruddy Dance

    First positions

    Choreographer Jeanne Ruddy’s troupe stages original works out out of the versatile Performance Garage.

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  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    One-stop multi-culture on the Avenue of the Arts

    The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    The brightest light on the Avenue of the Arts is the dazzling regional performing arts center, whose discreet brick exterior rises to a bold 150-foot glass vaulted rooftop for startling views of the city.

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  • Lantern Theater Company

    Contemporary dramatic works presented with a fresh, non-elitist flair

    The Lantern was created to serve a burgeoning theater-going population in Philadelphia with modern and classical works made accessible for a wider audience.

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  • Merriam Theater

    Broadway touring shows in Philadelphia’s Center City

    Merriam Theater

    The Merriam Theater keeps with the Broadway touring tradition by importing recent hits and long running musicals for runs of varying length in Philadelphia.

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  • Painted Bride Art Center

    A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts

    The Painted Bride Art Center

    A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Pennsylvania Ballet

    More than 50 years of breathtaking performances

    Company Member Caralin Curcio in Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella.

    Captivating and inspiring, The Pennsylvania Ballet ranks as one of America’s foremost regional ballet companies. Each new season brings a combination of classical performances, world premieres and timeless traditions, including the beloved holiday performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

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  • Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker

    Philadelphia holiday tradition with Pennsylvania Ballet

    Pennsylvania Ballet dancers perform

    This holiday season, celebrate with of one of Philadelphia’s greatest family traditions—the Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music.

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  • People’s Light and Theatre Company

    Excellent professional theater offering classical and contemporary plays

    People's Light and Theatre Company

    Located in an idyllic suburban setting, People’s Light & Theatre Company boasts two “black box” theaters, one large and one small, as well as a lovely restaurant in a old farmhouse.

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  • Philadanco

    Pattern is movement

    Dancers of Philadanco perform.

    With a mission to celebrate African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco galvanizes a rich cross-section of Philadelphia’s performing-arts community.

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  • Philadelphia Folklore Project

    Listening is an artform

    Founded more than 25 years ago, the PFP works to sustain the widely varied cultural identities of its West Philly neighbors, a mission that comes to life in the form of concerts, workshops, exhibitions and education.

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  • Prince Music Theater

    American musical theater: Musical comedy, cabaret, music drama and opera

    The Prince Music Theater

    The days when you leave the theater humming a tune from the latest musical are back, but with a contemporary flair.

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  • Shubin Theatre

    A cozy venue hosting regional and touring performing arts shows

    A throwback to South Street’s bohemian origins, the intimate Shubin plays host to live dance, theater, music and every other performing art imaginable.

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  • Society Hill Playhouse

    Theater for all at one of Philadelphia’s oldest theater halls

    A Performance at Society Hill Playhouse

    This is theater for people who don’t like theater . . . or who think they don’t.

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  • The Academy of Music

    The Grand Old Lady of Locust Street

    The Academy of Music

    The oldest known opera house continuously in use in the U.S., the Academy is home to the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and “Broadway at the Academy,” a series of national productions.

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  • The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    Variety programming of established international artists

    Banners on the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

    Since its founding in 1971, Annenberg has been an East Coast leader in presenting a multiplicity of performing arts. Now under the umbrella of Penn Presents it embraces The Zellerbach Theatre, Harold Prince Theatre, and Irvine Auditorium, all on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Its reach has grown far beyond the campus, drawing audiences from the suburbs and surrounding counties.

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