Past Events

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 4:00pm

MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, a world premiere exhibition, begins with fanfare, and an opening weekend celebration that features Maya music and dance, arts and crafts and cultural traditions from Mexico and Central America. On Saturday May 5, His Excellency Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of the Republic of Honduras, joins Penn Museum Director Richard Hodges to cut the ribbon and open the MAYA 2012 exhibition to the public at 10 AM. All celebration activities are open to the public with MAYA 2012 tickets or with general admission to the Penn Museum.

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Explorers Sans Frontières (ESF), in partnership with SCI West, The Partnership CDC, Penn Medicine, People's Emergency Center, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and other community organizations, present a day filled with workshops, FREE medical screenings, entertainment, and of course, food! Read more about the many wellness workshops and health-education opportunities available at this Spring into Health event, here in the ESF newsletter.

Thursday, May 3, 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, May 3, 2012 - 11:14am - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 11:14am

The Global LGBT Summit celebrates the cultural and political legacy of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. This four-day event includes includes 25 panels, International Equality Dinner, SundayOUT! at The Piazza, six parties, 13th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit, theater, and special events all in collaboration with regional, national and international organizations. Each year, the Summit features one nation. This year this global LGBT summit is highlighting the achievements of the State of Israel in giving equal opportunities to all sexual orientations. There is no registration fee and all panels are free.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 10:00am - Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 5:00pm

The 28th annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival will be held Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 5. Enjoy family-friendly music, theatre and dance performances, as well as a host of fun and interactive activities in the FUN ZONE. The oldest festival of its kind in the United States, the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival serves as a model for children’s festivals around the world. Bringing performance artists from around the world to the Delaware Valley, the Festival is known for providing insightful, enlightening and provocative entertainment for children and their families. The Festival has gained a reputation for programming performances of superior artistic excellence, provocative artists, and diverse international art forms.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:00am - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 5:00pm

The Philadelphia International Cricket Festival is an annual sporting charity event staged during the first weekend in May to promote cricket in the region, encourage national and international sporting ties, and support youth development through charitable donations. Members of the public are invited to join in the festivities on Sunday May 6th starting around noon for the Event Final being staged at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. A celebrity guest (to be announced) will be in attendance at the 2012 Event.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 11:45am - 2:00pm

The German American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, in cooperation with the American Council on Germany, is pleased to present a discussion and luncheon with Dr. Wilfried Prewo, Chief Executive of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Hannover. Dr. Prewo will shed the light on the Euro Crisis and discuss what is required of the European Central Bank to save the euro.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forums presents Niños de la Memoria, a documentary film by Philadelphia-based filmmaker, María Teresa Rodríguez. Ms. Rodríguez will be on hand to meet attendees beginning at 6 PM, in a pre-screening reception sponsored by Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association. The 64-minute film, which tells the story of the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War, screens at 7 PM. Following the screening, a panel of experts in human rights struggles and Salvadoran politics will discuss the film and answer audience questions.

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The final CENFAD event of the spring semester will be presented by Mike Hammer, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs from the U.S. Department of State. The program will consist of a short presentation followed by a Q&A session. Contact Dr. Richard Immerman at [email protected] for further details.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is pleased to launch a concert series presenting a resident music ensemble performing classical Arab music repertoire that features a different guest soloist for each program. This month's guest artist is flutist Maron Khoury. Maron will perform Western and Arab Classical Music with an amazingly talented trio: Hanna Khoury on violin, Kinan Abou-afach on cello, and Hafez El Ali Kotain on percussion.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 3:00pm

Lyric Fest concludes its 9th season by presenting Once Upon A Time, a Family concert. The annual program for children is an engaging and interactive introduction to opera for young audiences, with a cast of professional artists hailing from opera companies across the USA. Featuring mini-versions of three semi-staged operas: Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck. Q-and-A immediately following the program. All ages welcome, most appropriate for ages 6-13. Adults $15, students/children $5.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Grammy-nominated South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train -- and special guests -- present an Afro-Rock-Folk-Jazz-Fusion benefit concert and luncheon fund-raiser to help educate children living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Sharon Katz & The Peace Train are known as the band that worked for Nelson Mandela to end apartheid, and they've been using their concerts and CD sales ever since to promote human rights, end poverty, build schools and feed the children. Purchase tickets online at this link, or by making a tax-deductible contribution of $50 for concert & luncheon payable to their non-profit organization: Friends of The Peace Train, 7207 Bryan St., Phila, PA 19119.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Welcome Spring in typical Swedish fashion, with a lively bonfire and a performance by the Swedish Museum Singers. The best hot dogs this side of Broad Street, drinks and dessert will be served. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children under 12. Register by phone (215-389-1776), online at this link, or pay at the door.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

As the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia wraps this year's Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo are preparing for their first visit to the U.S. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of the cherry blossom trees to the United States. On their first U.S. tour, the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo makes their debut in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center with conductor Thierry Fischer leading the orchestra in the music of Mozart and Beethoven, including Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major with soloist Yu Kosuge, and Beethoven's ''Eroica'' Symphony. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to music activities in the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join WHYY on Friday, April 27th for a conversation between Owen Bennett-Jones, host of the BBC Newshour and Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. During this event, the two journalists will discuss the challenges and nuances of covering the Middle East and will take questions from the audience. Chris Satullo, WHYY's Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue, will moderate. This event is FREE for WHYY and NewsWorks Members and one guest. Non members can attend for $15 per person.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a fun-filled night that includes an eight-course Chinese meal,
performances by artists affiliated with our programs, raffle prizes, and an exciting Silent Auction!

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 8:00am - 10:00am

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia cordially invites audiences to an exclusive breakfast meeting attended by HRH The Prince Edward, KG GCVO. The Honorable Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter, will welcome Prince Edward and formally thank Dan Phelan, Senior Advisor to the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline. GSK recently contributed $5 million to the youth of the City of Philadelphia, including a $500,000 designation to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Philadelphia Program. Click here to access registration for this event. Registration is open unitl April 26.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 8:00am - Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 10:00pm

De Pueblo a Pueblo (From Town to Town) is an eight-week celebration from April 27-June 16 honoring the local Mexican community by promoting a greater understanding of the traditional arts, language, and history. The citywide festival will connect one of the nation's largest growing populations and their customs with a broader Philadelphia audience.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

An Arab Palestinian Christian who is a citizen of Israel, and leader of the Melkite Catholic Church of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, and All Galilee, Archbishop Chacour grew up walking the hillsides where Jesus lived. He has worked tirelessly for reconciliation and peace in the Middle East, especially by building high-quality schools—preschool through college—in the Galileean village of Ibillin, where the students and faculty include Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Druze. On April 26, the Middle East Study Group of the Diocese of Pennsylvania will award Archbishop Chacour the "Passion for Peace Award."

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Throughout April, International House Philadelphia presents a month of themed programming celebrating the people, culture and heritage of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden. This closing event, co-presented by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Philadelphia presents a special vodka tasting with hors d’oeuvres at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Production of this unique spirit dates back to the 15th century in the Scandinavia Region.