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Photo: Shawn Theodore
It’s your last chance to celebrate Independence Day, as only Philly can: With free public art. Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition, curated by streetsdept.com’s Conrad Benner for Visit Philly, will be up at locations around Independence Mall until Tuesday. The 13 selected street artists who include Kid Hazo, Michelle Angela Ortiz and Shawn Theodore each offer their own interpretation of “revolution” and how that concept might challenge the social and political status quo. Catch Revolution for its last few days to put a cap on a perfect Fourth of July Weekend. Free, at select locations near Independence Mall, through Tuesday July 4th.
It was bound to happen: First the Internet recreated life in all its furry cuteness, and now real life is taking notice. Next weekend Kittydelphia brings three days of cat-themed pop-up shops to Northern Liberties, featuring art, animal welfare organizations, and even famous internet cats. Proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia Animal Welfare society. Cat-lovers, this one’s for you. July 7 – 9, free ($5 donation suggested), The Gravy Studio, 910 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.
Photo: HIAS Pennsylvania
Diversity and inclusion are buzzwords these days, but they are also the (beautiful) story of Philadelphia. On World Refugee Day this year, that notion is especially important to acknowledge. The Philadelphia Regional Refugee Provider Collaborative hosts the World Refugee Day Festival on Saturday, with ethnic cuisine, performances, crafts, and refugee storytelling. Check out the PRRPC’s website to learn more ways to support refugees in our community. Saturday, July 8, 11 – 3 p.m., free, City Hall.
Photo: El Concilio
After a weekend spent celebrating America’s history of refugees old and new, make sure to leave room for a little samba with immigrants. PECO’s Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing is a summer-long series of festivals from diverse countries and cultures. This Saturday and Sunday, it’s Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta. This celebration of Latino culture and community will feature music, dance, food and artisan crafts from a wide range of Latin American countries. The event draws more than 15,000 every year, and you’ll want to be one of them. Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2 – 8 p.m., free, Penns Landing.