Past Events

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday nights ring out this summer in University City as the Penn Museum presents its third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series. This year's summer lineup features musical styles ranging from Middle Eastern folk/rock to Brazilian Bossa Nova and lively Creole Zydeco to funk fusion. Drinks and light fare will be provided by the Pepper Mill Café’s garden bar, and guests can purchase combination tickets to explore Penn Museum’s many galleries. On August 8, P.M. @ Penn presents Minas. Playing originals from their CD collection, as well as Brazilian classics, this duo displays multiple talents as vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers with an impressive grasp of awide range of Brazilian musical idioms.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - Friday, August 10, 2012

An international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines will explore multiple facets of democratic governance, particularly as they relate to corruption. The two-day conference will feature a keynote address by Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the United States and roundtable discussions including Ambassadors of Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and Botswana.

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 9:30am - Friday, August 10, 2012 - 3:30am

The African Studies Center, Middle East Center, South Asia Center, & Center for East Asian Studies of The University of Pennsylvania present: Summer Institute 2012 -- Teaching Peace & Revolution around the World as a Pedagogical Tool.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm

The Casa Monarca and the Azteca Organization of Atlantic City are thrilled to welcome the 'Guelaguetza' for the first time in Philadelphia. This vibrant folkloric event -- a traditional, Mexican celebration where the eight regions of the Oaxacan state offer dress, dances and products from their respective regions -- will include 60 professional dancers and traditional scenery directly from Mexico. Tickets are on sale for $20 at www.casamonarca.eventbrite.com. For more information call: 215-532-3033.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

The African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA)’s summer cultural festival returns for its fifth consecutive year. Award winning and top selling contemporary Nigerian-style African-pop duo Bracket, will highlight the exciting stage line up. Taking place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, the ACANA Festival brings you a celebrated mix of African immigrant and African-American culture with tons of food, vendors, music and entertainment to go with it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:30pm

This new exhibition at the American Swedish Historical Museum opens on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 5:30pm, and highlights the historic Swedish American Line. Refreshments, including food and drinks inspired by the ships' menus, will be served and collector Torsten Torstensson will give a presentation at 6pm. The opening is free with museum admission.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

At International Visitors Council (IVC)'s First Thursday prime networking events, attendees can expect to meet interesting and lively people from around the world! First Thursday is free for IVC members, and just $15 for non-members in advance, $20 at the door. This is guaranteed to be a friendly evening of citizen diplomacy that will create lasting and positive impressions of the U.S., Philadelphia and of attendees. To RSVP, email Alan Hatfield or call him at (215) 683 - 0992.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Every Thursday from August 2 - October 25, 5-8 pm, Sister Cities Park at Logan Square invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and Milk & Honey Café will have cheeses and other goodies for sale that will pair perfectly with your selection. So, grab a seat and enjoy the light entertainment. In case you are planning to bring the kids, the Children's Discovery Garden will be open until 8pm these evenings.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 4:15pm - Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 10:00pm

The BlackStar Film Festival will take place August 2-5, 2012 in Philadelphia. Its mission is to celebrate the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and to showcase film and video works by and about black people from across the globe.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

The Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce cordially is proud to present the East & Southern Africa Trade and Investment Conference. The conference will highlight: Current Market Trends and Transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa; Mining in Africa - Trading and Investing in the East and Southern Africa Trade Blocks (EAC & SADC); and Private Equity Funds in Africa. Read on for a more detailed agenda.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 8:00pm

After selling out Union Transfer in the blink of an eye in May, French electronic group M83 is returning to Philadelphia to fill the Electric Factory with their booming sound and spectacular light show. Known for their building anthems and stick-in-your head riffs, this is sure to be a spectacular show. The band Big Black Delta is opening, and tickets are $40.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday nights ring out this summer in University City as the Penn Museum presents its third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series. This year's summer lineup features musical styles ranging from Middle Eastern folk/rock to Brazilian Bossa Nova and lively Creole Zydeco to funk fusion. Drinks and light fare will be provided by the Pepper Mill Café’s garden bar, and guests can purchase combination tickets to explore Penn Museum’s many galleries. On August 1, P.M. @ Penn presents Incendio. A Latin world fusion group from Los Angeles, Incendio balances romantic Spanish guitar with rock-style energy and inspired on-stage improvisation.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

All members and friends of the United Nations Association of Greater Philadlephia are invited to come to their 3rd annual fundraiser. Non-profits, like the UNAGP, rely on such fundraisers to continue doing great work, and this garden party will not only help them continue their mission, but it will also be a fun and relaxing party for all to enjoy. Food, cool drinks, raffle prizes, hot air, even hotter dialogues and plenty opinions are all promised for a minimum $10 donation.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm

The Vendys are back in Philly! This second-annual food cart cookoff will celebrate the street vendors who bring so much culinary and cultural life to Philadelphia's streets and public spaces. After last year’s very successful first-ever Vendy Awards where Gigi & Big R claimed the winning title, the Second Annual Vendy Awards return to Philly to determine this year’s top curbside chef. Proceeds from the event go to benefit The Food Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a strong, local and healthy food economy. Tickets cost $55 in advance, $60 at the door, with enough food and drinks to leave you more than satisfied.

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Ibrahim Theater at the International House of Philadelphia will host a viewing of Lionel Rogosin's 1959 powerful, political film Come Back, Africa. After witnessing firsthand the terrors of fascisim as a soldier in World War II, Rogosin vowed to fight against it wherever and whenever he saw it reemerging. In an effort to expose "what people try to avoid seeing," he travelled to South Africa and Secretly filmed Come Back, Africa, which revealed the cruelty and injustice suffered by black and colored poples under apartheid. $9 General Admission, $7 Senior / Student, FREE for IHP Members

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday nights ring out this summer in University City as the Penn Museum presents its third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series. This year's summer lineup features musical styles ranging from Middle Eastern folk/rock to Brazilian Bossa Nova and lively Creole Zydeco to funk fusion. Drinks and light fare will be provided by the Pepper Mill Café’s garden bar, and guests can purchase combination tickets to explore Penn Museum’s many galleries. On July 25, P.M. @ Penn presents Magdaliz and Her Trio Crisol. This Latin ensemble is dedicated to the interpretation of folk and traditional music from all over Latin America and the Caribbean, using Puerto Rican boleros, Cuban sones, Mexican mariachi music, Colombian cumbias, Dominican merengues, and much more.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 10:30am - 11:30am

The Summer Wonder Club at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology celebrates cultural diversity through performing arts and live demonstrations. On July 25, Al Bustan Music Program will present an ensemble of musicians playing classical Arab music from Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Al Bustan Music is a program organized by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture--a West-Philadelphia based organization that presents and teaches the Arab language, arts, and culture. Tickets to view the show are included with price of Museum admission. 

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 7:30pm - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 7:30pm

The Russian Opera Workshop presents its second annual free concert series at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Participating artists will arrive to Philadelphia from across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. During the month of July, the vocal artists who were pre-selected by an audition process, will study the Russian language and opera roles, and sing in vocal master classes in anticipation for their public debut. The Opera in Concert of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades directed by Ghenady Meirson is performed Tuesday-Thursday, July 24th-26th. Tickets are FREE.

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:55pm

The Irish Center in Philadelphia (The Commodore Barry Club) presents an evening of Philly Bloco's Brazilian rhythm and dance to support BuildaBridge International's local arts and afterschool programs. Bring your dancing shoes and your friends for a vibrant fusion of samba, funk, reggae, and New Orleans 2nd line while supporting children and families living in transition. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 4:00pm - 11:00pm

IVC's 26th annual 'BBQ' is July 19tht! It's the city's most fun Summer event and IVC's only fund-raiser to support our work of creating positive American experiences. For 25 years the annual BBQ has been a way for the IVC to create an "American experience" for guests from abroad.