After a three-year hiatus, the 2016 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts hosted by the Kimmel Center kicked off this weekend with various awe-inspiring art performances throughout the city.
Article 13, a sand-and-fire installation at Penn's Landing, started the festival off this past weekend and told the story of immigration around the world.
Missed it? Not to worry: The festival runs until April 23 and there are 60-plus art performances and installations you can check out, including the dynamic Kinetic Tree on display at Kimmel Center. It was designed by Mimi Lien, a recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Genius Award and is on display through the entire festival.
Here are 10 truly beautiful and inspiring photos from the festival so far—expect many more.
Kinetic . . . A huge thank you to @urphillypal and @kimmelcenter for giving us an unbelievable preview of #pifa2016 The amount of creativity being showcased is astonishing and you'd be crazy not to take part in all the festivities!! Make sure to check out this #kinetictree, free shows at 7pm and 10pm!!
I'm still breathless over the spectacular preview performance of "Knitting Peace" held at the @kimmelcenter to help kick off Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts; a sixteen day arts celebration with over 60 performances across the city! @cirkuscirkor was so unique, so captivating, and creative on every level. Thank you @cirkuscirkor @kimmelcenter and @urphillypal for such an amazing and memorable evening! #knittingpeace #pifa2016 #arthappenshere #cirkuscirkör • • • #discoverphilly #explorephilly #explore215 #whyilovephilly #savephilly #cityholder #visitphilly #phillyscape #phillyprimeshots #igers_philly #howphillyseesphilly #visualgang #igmasters #shoot2kill #agameoftones #exploreeverything #urbanromantix #moodygrams #visualofstreet #createandcapture #urbanandstreet #teamcanon #opticinstics
Stunning. Haunting. Thought provoking. All words seem inadequate to describe what I experienced at #Article13 There's one more performance of it Sunday at 9 at Penn's Landing. Stop reading this and go to the @kimmelcenter website to get your free ticket. I guarantee you won't be sorry and you won't be able to stop thinking about it! Thanks to @hidden.mickey for rescuing me from the stand-by line and sharing this experience with me. #PIFA2016 #discoverphl #explore215 #howphillyseesphilly #IGers_Philly #jj_philadelphia #pcpotd #phillydotcom #phillymasters #visitphilly #whyilovephilly #arthappenshere
I know it's raining outside in Philly but I'm really hoping it stops so everyone can visit #article13 this weekend at @penns_landing for #PIFA2016. It brings together fire, sand and the story of what it means to search for a better life. As first generation American, I can't ever even hope to comprehend what it took my family to leave China to come to the promised land. The show is free (visit kimmelcenter.org to snag a ticket and don't forget your ) it's literally
Head over to the Kimmel Center's website for a full calendar of the art performances.