Announcing…The Hidden City Festival 2013

April 10, 2013 |  by  |  News  | 


Germantown Town Hall, 2013 Hidden City Festival |  Photo: Peter Woodall

Germantown Town Hall, 2013 Hidden City Festival | Photo: Peter Woodall

It’s not like we’ve been sitting around cafes since the 2009 Hidden City Festival ended. We launched the Hidden City Daily in 2011 and later that year a tour, event, and lecture program meant to draw you to places you hadn’t visited before–and into the vital conversation about the city’s future. But there’s nothing like a festival to truly inspire.

And so this morning we are particularly proud and excited to officially announce the lineup for the 2013 Hidden City Festival: eight sites, eight art projects, six weeks to see the city anew.

The Festival, sponsored in part by the Barra Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation, will take place May 23-June 30. We think it’s going to be a fun time you’ll never forget. In addition to art meant to bring new life to hidden and abandoned places, we’re offering related tours, lectures, and special musical performances.

We’ve chosen among the most thoughtful and progressive artists working today to help us all reimagine our urban spaces. And the sites themselves, from South Philly to Germantown, Frankford to the Delaware river bank, will draw you inside the fabric of this city like never before.

All the details, including site and artist information, videos, and a Festival blog, can be found at the 2013 Hidden City Festival website HERE. Log in, find the sites, and projects you like, and check in regularly for updates and program announcements.

Keyword: Participatory

Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel | Photo: Peter Woodall

Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel, 2013 Hidden City Festival | Photo: Peter Woodall

Festival curator Lee Tusman has programmed the sites with art meant to engage you mentally, emotionally, and physically. We’ll take you to places you’ve never been and imagined worlds just waiting for you.

But for the Festival to be a true success, during this run up to May we need your participation. That’s why for the next several weeks the Festival website is geared to the crowdsourcing of volunteer time, artist materials, and money. Together, let’s make this happen!

Members Benefit

We’re offering special discounted deals on the Festival tickets and passes to Hidden City members. The regular price for a one day Festival pass is $20; a weekend pass $40; an all Festival pass $70. Members will pay only $15, $30, and $50 so we encourage you to become a Hidden City member today.

Festival Guide Coming May 9

Look for a special section in the May 9 issue of Grid Magazine for our Festival Guide, filled with site, art project, and ticket and logistical information.

About the author

Nathaniel Popkin is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including the forthcoming Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (Temple Press) and a novel, Lion and Leopard (The Head and the Hand Press). He is the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."

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