Hidden City Philadelphia 2013 Festival to Conclude This Weekend


Germantown Town Hall

— by Andy Gotlieb

The Hidden City Philadelphia 2013 Festival will wrap up this weekend, giving visitors a last chance to explore nine historical sites and the 10 art projects contained within them. The festival presents the largest showing to date in Philadelphia — and one of the largest in the country — of what’s been called “social practice art,” a burgeoning grassroots movement recently spotlighted in The New York Times and also on Philly.com.

The nine Hidden City sites are located in a wide array of neighborhoods, including Center City, Germantown, Frankford, South Philadelphia and University City.

More after the jump.
Some of the highlights this weekend include:

  • City Hall Meeting on an Independent Germantown, 1 p.m. Saturday at Germantown Town Hall, 5928-5930 Germantown Ave. Germantown City Hall will have a number of ad hoc meetings, concerts, discussions, workshops and talks.
  • Behind-The-Scenes Photo Tour of Germantown Town Hall, 9 a.m. Saturday at 5928 Germantown Ave. The tour will include three of the Hidden City Festival’s most visually compelling sites — Germantown Town Hall, Kelly Natatorium and Hawthorne Hall — with Hidden City Daily photo editor Peter Woodall. The visit will include spots only open to Hidden City staff and volunteers. Cost: $40, including a one-day festival pass. Hidden City members will get a $10 discount.

  • Boat Unveiling: Dreamboats for Nightmares. 3 p.m. Saturday at Kelly Natatorium, Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive. A tour of the Bibotorium, including site history, collaborative research with visitors, and an unveiling of the final boat prototypes built during the Hidden City Festival. A three-pool prognostication of Philadelphia’s water followed by iced tea and treats.
  • Sunday Morning Speaker Series: “The SPHAs and Jewish Basketball”. 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, 2015 S. 4th St. Archivist Eric Karlan will discuss the history of The SPHAs and South Philadelphia Jewish basketball. Food and refreshments at 10 a.m., followed by discussion at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets for Hidden City Philadelphia are available in the Festival’s website, or by the phone at 267-428-0575. Tickets cost $20 for a one-day pass, $40 for a weekend pass. Hidden City members pay reduced rates of $15 for a one-day pass and $30 for a weekend pass.

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