Friends of the Rail Park, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter announce the programming schedule for their new collaborative project to take place this fall: Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park. Site/Sound is a free fall festival taking place October 5–19, 2019 that invites Philadelphians and visitors to envision together the past, present, and future of the city’s Rail Park, being developed along the historic terminus of the Reading Railroad. The festival combines large-scale art installations created through sound and light projection by three teams of Philadelphia artists, cutting-edge live performances of new music, discussions on the use of public art in creating great public spaces, and fun and engaging activities and experiences designed by community organizations from neighborhoods along the current and future Rail Park. Across all three sites, the festival will present a diverse mix of Jazz, Folk, World, Contemporary Classical, Soundscapes, and Electronic music, as well as dance and performance art. Like the anchor installations, the music of Site/Sound is shaped by its surroundings, creating a unique listening experience.
Please check the Site/Sound website for final schedule and performers
Saturday, October 5
Installation Performances, Night One
5:30 – 9:30 pm
Rain Date: Sunday, October 6
Kick off the festival with a toast at Roy Pitz, next to the first performance at 990 Spring Garden Street.
· Soon/ Now/ Gone, 990 Spring Garden Street, rear parking lot, Erik Ruin & Rosie Langabeer
· Aspect 281, 990 Spring Garden Street, east parking lot, Carolyn Healy & John JH Phillips
· Moon Viewing Platform, The Cut, between North 17 and 18th Streets, north of Callowhill (viewable from 465 North 18th Street), Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib, & Eugene Lew
Sunday, October 6
Rail Park Specialty Tour
Tuesday, October 8
Taiko Drumming with KyoDaiko
The Rail Park, enter at Broad & Noble Streets, 7 p.m.
Honoring the people of Asian descent who were instrumental in the construction of American railroads, this free performance is an interactive taiko drumming performance from group KyoDaiko.
Thursday, October 10
Chinatown Anti-Displacement Walk
10th & Vine Plaza, 6-8 p.m.
Beginning in the heart of Chinatown, this special tour led by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) is part of a series of walks exploring Race, Protest, and the Built Environment, and the need for anti-displacement measures to protect gentrifying communities. Ends at the YeShi Chinatown Night Market hosted by PCDC.
Community Workshop at the 2019 YeShi Chinatown Night Market
10th & Vine Plaza, 7-9 p.m.
At this Community Workshop, join local artists to make a special object that you can use throughout the festival. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make shadow puppets that bring the world to life.
Friday, October 11
muraLAB: Art-Making and Public Spaces (a Design Philadelphia Event)
Triple Bottom Brewing, 915 Spring Garden Street, 5:30-7 p.m.
Why does public art matter? How does it inspire wonder and create connections in public spaces? Join guests Lucas Cowan from Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway and Miranda Kyle, Arts and Culture Program Manager for the Atlanta BeltLine, as they discuss art as a tool for community and exploration in these unique public spaces.
Saturday, October 12
Folk Arts – Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS)
1023 Callowhill Street, 3–5 p.m.
This fun Family Day includes interactive demonstrations from a Franklin Institute sound scientist and art activities with the Mural Arts Mural Mobile. Build your own 19th-century-style pinhole camera with Tsirkus Fotografika, learn how to capture images, then shoot your first roll of film. Come back for the Saturday night performance at FACTS to drop off the film and have it developed for free. Workshop sponsored by PhotoLounge of Philadelphia and Lomography.
Installation Performances, Night Two
5:30 – 9:30 pm
Rain Date: Sunday, October 13
· Soon/ Now/ Gone, Shamokin Street between N. 11th Street and Ridge Avenue
· Aspect 281, 990 Spring Garden Street, east parking lot
· Moon Viewing Platform, The Cut, between North 17 and 18th Streets, north of Callowhill (viewable from 465 North 18th Street)
Sunday, October 13
Mural Arts Specialty Tour
The Rail Park (Broad & Noble Streets), 11 a.m.
Join Mural Arts Philadelphia for a special walking tour with a notable Philadelphia personality, highlighting murals in the neighborhoods along the railroad corridor.
Tuesday, October 15
Storytelling with Auntie Kym
The Rail Park (Broad & Noble Streets), 7 p.m.
Auntie Kym, created by artist Kymberlee Johnson-Norfleet, will host an evening of personal stories and poetry inspired by the history of the Rail Park and explore how to honor community in adapting it for new uses.
Thursday, October 17
Rail Park Walking Tour
Meet at 21st & Pennsylvania Avenue, 6 p.m.
Join Friends of the Rail Park board members for a street-level walking tour and explore the park’s past, present, and future. This street-level tour will follow along elevated and submerged sections of the former Reading Railroad and will end at the Rail Park (Broad & Noble Streets).
Friday, October 18
Homegrown with Pecola Breedlove & The Freedom Party
Location to be confirmed, 7-9 p.m.
Pecola Breedlove & The Freedom Party is a gathering space for poets, lovers of poetry, and people of color who are simply looking for positive vibes in the city of Philadelphia. For this special event, generations of poets will write and perform poems about the history of their neighborhoods.
Saturday, October 19
Mandala Meditation with the Bethesda Project
Under the Viaduct, 907 Hamilton Street, 3-6:16 p.m. (sunset)
In partnership with the Bethesda Project, watch and reflect as scholar, artist, and former Tibetan monk Losang Samten creates a sacred sand mandala. At sunset, help dismantle it to close out the festival.
Installation Performances, Night Three
Rain Date: Sunday, October 20
· Soon/ Now/ Gone, Under the Carlton Street Tunnel, between North 11th & North 12th Streets
· Aspect 281, 990 Spring Garden Street
· Moon Viewing Platform, The Cut, between North 17 & 18th Streets, north of Callowhill (viewable from 465 North 18th Street)