Festival for the People

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Festival for the People

October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 28, 2018

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Presented by Philadelphia Contemporary in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Spread across Race Street Pier and the newly opened Cherry Street Pier, Festival for the People features three weekends of dynamic participatory programs and events, sculptures, installations, videos, and banners from October 13 – 28. The festival celebrates the rich subcultural forms across Philadelphia, from comics to tattoos to internet culture, while also offering a fun and critical perspective on populism.

Festival for the People aims to expand the public conception of what contemporary art is and can be with installations and programming across a range of mediums and subjects. Enjoy interactive sculpture installations, brought to Philadelphia in collaboration with the Montreal-based group Creos: Impulse, an installation of seesaws designed by CS Design and Lateral Office, and Prismatica, a group of colorful spinning prisms by Raw Design. The Festival will also feature a collaboration with Philly Typewriter, specially commissioned banners celebrating Philadelphia’s neighborhoods by Erlin Geffrard, short films by artists including Andrea Bowers, Yoshua Okón, Hiwa K, Jennifer Levonian, and Maider López, an installation of selections from Pledges of Allegiance, an artist-designed flag series originally commissioned by the public art nonprofit Creative Time, and talks by artistic luminaries such as Hito Steyerl and Emory Douglas.

In addition to a range of works and installations throughout the duration of the festival, each weekend will have additional programming tied to a thematic focus, celebrating popular analog, digital, and embodied cultures with fairs, talks, installations, screenings, and other programming, created in collaboration with arts and community groups from across Philadelphia and beyond.

“The Festival for the People is exactly what it sounds like: a festival celebrating the art forms of everyday people. In these fractured political times, it’s important to remember what brings us together as well as to reflect on the forces that divide us,”
— Philadelphia Contemporary Artistic Director Nato Thompson


October 13, 2018
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Cherry St Pier
121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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