Kimmel Center CEO Anne Ewers counts down PIFA's can't-miss events.
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The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns this April and with more than 60 shows scheduled from international and local performers, there’s no time like the present to start planning. Kimmel Center CEO Anne Ewers says to begin with Article 13 on April 8, a large-scale production at Penn Treaty Park that uses fire and sand to tell the story of immigration and kicks off the fest’s 15-day run, and then join thousands of revelers at the Street Fair finale on April 23, PIFA’s marquee event on Broad Street. In between check out thought-provoking highlights such as Concerto in Sea Major, performed in select city fountains; Sneaker Suites, a mix of dance, poetry, and theater inspired by the role of sneakers in hip-hop culture; and the visually charged Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, centering on veterans of color from post-9/11 wars. “The last PIFA [in 2013] drew 270,000 people from outside Philly,” says Ewers. “This event beautifully reflects the mission to serve a broad, diverse community.”