GlobalPhilly2015 Exposition at midway point: a global success that keeps going!

Presented by the Global Philadelphia Association, GlobalPhilly™2015 has already attracted over 34,000 people to 74 events during the first half of its two-month exposition. GlobalPhilly 2015 aims to enhance the international stature of Philadelphia. Events and programs are centered on international themes and issues through November 15.

How best to prepare students for a global world? This question will be debated at the Global Education Forum, co-sponsored by Asia Society and Penn GSE on October 15th and 16th - offering once again another great opportunity to explore the potential of the global and international aspects of Philadelphia. This GlobalPhilly 2015 event will occur at the halfway point of a mammoth and ongoing two-month exposition.

In the first half of the expo, over 70 different events were presented. These took place both before and after Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia, “Although the recent Papal visit was not part of GlobalPhilly 2015, the timing of both could not be better for a city that has become a truly global city”, said John F. Smith, III, Chair of Board of the Global Philadelphia Association.
“Global”, that’s the driving principle behind the GlobalPhilly™2015 exposition that has been developed by the Global Philadelphia Association.

The exposition, which began on September 15 and will continue through November 15, celebrates and showcases the global impact of Philadelphia and the region from. Events and programs are presented by member organizations in eight categories: Advocacy, Arts, Commerce, Cuisine, Education, Heritage, Science & Technology and Sports. The audience is as diverse as the number of activities. Everyone can find a shoe to fit: students, families, executives, foreigners, art lovers, and other members of Philadelphia’s diverse and multicultural communities.

“Activities and programs of GlobalPhilly™2015 can enrich lives in the community, foster international dialogue, and instill even greater pride in our international city,” said Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director of the Global Philadelphia Association. “We are dedicated to preserving our diverse heritage and building an even brighter future for our region on the world stage.”

The “GlobalPhilly™2015 Passport” is a booklet of the myriad of events occurring during the exhibition. The passport is designed to give readers a comprehensive guide to the expo and the events that they can attend throughout the region. Many events are open to the public and a number are free. Check the website for updates to the passport and a complete listing of GlobalPhilly 2015 events.

Upcoming GlobalPhilly™2015 Highlights

  • The Innovators Walk of Fame at the University City Science Center (specially celebrating Women Innovators), October 15.
  • A Global Education Conference (The Asia Society of New York and Penn Partnership for Global Learning), October 15-16.
  • The 27th annual Liberty Medal Award Ceremony at the National Constitution Center, at which a representative of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will accept the award, October 26.
  • Shyamaween 2015, Be Bad, Do Good, a costume fundraiser on October 30 for the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, which supports the grassroots efforts of emerging leaders as they work to eliminate inequities created by poverty.
  • The City of Philadelphia’s Diwali Festival & Celebration on November 12.
  • A Sister City event with Philadelphia and Frankfurt, Germany, mid-November.
  • Nation Days highlighting individual countries include: France, October 27th; Mexico, November 1st; Panama, November 7th; Germany, November 13th; and Sweden, November 19th

About the Global Philadelphia Association
In 2009, leaders of nine international institutions located in Philadelphia met to discuss how the Greater Philadelphia Region could make better use of its many international assets. The result was the formation one year later of a nonprofit organization: the Global Philadelphia Association. Since then, the Association has grown to nearly 200 members, including businesses, universities, nonprofit organizations, the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and dozens of internationally-minded individuals.

The mission of Global Philadelphia association is to assist - and encourage greater interaction among organizations and people - engaged in international activity within the Greater Philadelphia region; promote the development of an international consciousness within the region; and enhance the region’s global profile.
For more information about the Global Philadelphia Association and member organizations, visit

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Media can contact the following for comment:
Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director, Global Philadelphia Association
[email protected] 215-851-8112

Dana Wiley, Exposition Project Manager, Global Philadelphia Association
[email protected] 215-851-8112