Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia: A Festival of Culture Community and History

Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia was developed to create new ways of exploring Philadelphia beyond its predominant histories and established narratives. The project achieves this goal with the help of artists acting as as agents of change. Reggie Wilson, Faustin Linyekula, and Marty Pottenger are artists who have a proven ability to foster community and generate awareness of overlooked histories, geographies, and cultural contributions.

Working with these Artist/Thinkers has been a personal, enlightening experience for me. Marty reminded me of the deep connection we have with nature and the earth. Faustin raised my awareness of the everyday spaces we move through and how they can present new opportunities. Reggie made me think about how we each arrived to this city and what grounds us here.  Their presence in this project, as well as that of every person who has hosted and attended a Re-PLACE-ing event, reminds me that we’re all navigating this place as members of a complex and important network of communities—an evolving fabric of Philadelphia.

Join us for these three unique performances and additional events made possible by Philadelphia’s artists and community members. 



Add all three shows to your cart and receive a package deal for just $50 per person.

DSC_0094Thu. – Sat., April 14, 15, 16 | 8pm

Renowned choreographer Reggie Wilson explores how we “physicalize place” in this postmodern work featuring Kristel Baldoz, David Brick, Paul Hamilton, Germaine Ingram, Jumatatu Poe, Maria Urrutia, and Miles Yeung-Tieu. Reggie and the artists create space and opportunity to reveal the physical testimonies and histories in their bodies. The results are poetic, intentional, and dynamic all at once. Location: Painted Bride Art Center

faustinThu. – Fri., April 21 & 22 | 6pm
Saturday April 23 | 3pm


Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula looks at North Philadelphia through movement, storytelling, community, and live music.  The work includes DJ King Britt’s musical mixes with musicians Tim Motzer, Heru Shabaka-ra, Anthony Tidd, and dancers from the University of the Arts.  Scenography by Jean-Christophe Lanquetin.  The performance will take place in a warehouse in North Philadelphia. Location: 2800 North American Street

Raven PrintFri. – Sat.,  April 22 & 23 | 8pm
Sun., April 24 | 6:00 pm


Join theater artist Marty Pottenger and remember the city we already know as we realize there’s another city that’s been here all along. #PhillySavesEarth is a kaleidoscopic tour of Philly history, ecology, and hope as hometown experts explore a City Hall crow’s “inner dinosaur,” Penn’s Weeping Willow chatroom in the Wissahickon, Frederick Douglass’s insights on racism, and how we all may need to learn how to swim. With humor, insight, and heart, you’ll never see Philly the same way again. Featuring Nioka Workman on cello and “The Philadelphia Sound.” Location: Painted Bride Art Center


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Joining us Saturday for You Are Loved: An Interactive Community Conversation? Bring an object that represents love & remembrance to the event so it can be added to the altar they're building in the space. 💛

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