By Niesha Kennedy
The 12th Annual West Park Arts Fest presented by West Park Cultural Center, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Mural Arts Philadelphia will feature more than two dozen performances on two
stages. On June 8th West Fairmount Park on South Concourse Drive will come alive with everything from funk, jazz, R&B, modern dance, hip hop, Zumba, line dancing, art-making, live superheroes,
book giveaways, an art/craft marketplace, to food vendors and so much more.
With a Call to Action, Spiral Q. puppets, and the award-winning West Powelton Drum Squad will start in the community and proceed along Parkside Avenue to South Concourse Drive near 42nd and Parkside where the official start of the West Park
Arts Fest will begin at 1:00 pm. During the event, attendees can participate in the Spiral Q puppet workshop and join a mini procession through the festival. The event will engage the young and the seasoned in dance, art making, and other activities, including our popular narrated historical trolley tours through the Centennial District at 1 pm and 2 pm.
The Music Stage will feature Philadelphia’s first ‘FunkFest at the West Park Arts Fest’ showcasing an impressive lineup of bands from Philly’s growing Funk scene, and headlined by none other than
Philadelphia’s own “Breakwater”.
“Breakwater is excited to be headlining the first annual FunkFest. Come Splashdown with us as we lay down the funk at [West Park Arts Fest!]” – Steve Green, Breakwater Band Member. “Funk is an
important part of the sound of Philadelphia that deserves to be celebrated.”
FunkFest will include a dynamic range of funkinspired music from Jazz-Funk and Fusion, to Rock and Soul. This years’ lineup includes PhunkyMan, Expansion Project, My Funky Brethren, Terretta
Storm, The Original Groove Circus, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, and Badd Kitti. Badd Kitti (aka Dianne Brieze Thompson) is also the funkfest curator and host. Performances begin at 1 pm and
continue to 6 pm ending with an hour of Breakwater. A large crowd is expected, so come early and bring your lawn chairs.
We are pleased to announce that Park West Town Center has joined this year as one of the Arts Fest sponsors and thrilled they are bringing the very popular pony rides. Jim Burnett of WPFSI will
announce the WesGold Fellows scholarship recipients. From the music stage. Sponsors also include ARTPLACE, BlackRock, Haverford Square Properties, UPS, Brown’s Parkside ShopRite,
Rockland Capital, Zakian, Zerflin, and support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Attendees of all ages will enjoy culturally diverse performances by some of the area’s most talented dancers, musicians, and vocalists. Activities for children and adults alike include the Black Sci-Fi
Comic Book Corner, roaming live Black Super Heroes and Tree House Books will have their book giveaway. Stop by the Global Philadelphia Heritage Booth and share your story in the Heritage
Storytelling Seat, then color World Heritage postcards to mail to friends and families.
Participate in Japanese fan making and origami, and children will enjoy playing with various robotic toys that teach the principles of basic robotics from The Franklin Institute.
Performances on the dance stage include Swing Two, Sound Stage Performing Arts students, Penn Chinese Dance Club, Three Aksha sponsored by The Mann Center, dancer Julian Darden sponsored by the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Little Big Sister Band, and more. The West Philadelphia Senior Community Center will lead an interactive social dance and line dance activity, and Crystal Evans will lead attendees in Zumba. As seen in local
and national media, our West Park Cultural Center danceLogic girls will perform their own choreography.
The festival’s mission is to bring communities together in the park, promote greater awareness of the area’s history and heritage while celebrating the arts and cultural diversity of Philadelphia. The
festival is made possible in significant part to the participation of many arts, cultural, and community partners including The Franklin Institute, Mann Center, Please Touch Museum, The Philadelphia
Zoo, Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, and many others.
Festival Hours: Saturday, June 8th, 2019 from
1:00pm to 6:00 pm
Rain or Shine
For more information about the West Park Arts Fest
visit westparkcultural.org/west-park-arts-fest or call
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