Global Philadelphia Celebrates World Heritage Week, Honoring Philadelphia’s Recognition as The First World Heritage City in The United States

 PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 19, 2023) – Global Philadelphia Association is set to hold a week-long of creative, educational activities and events in honor of World Heritage Week, a city-wide celebration from May 19-28, recognizing Philadelphia’s eighth year as a World Heritage City, and the first in the United States. The 2023 program is centered around the importance of partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society to ensure the sustainable development of communities and cities.

“World Heritage Week highlights the diversity of our region and showcases Philadelphia’s dynamic international communities,” said Zabeth Teelucksingh, President of Global Philadelphia Association. “As the first city in the United States to be named a World Heritage City, the GPA team is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of Philadelphia’s geographical, historical and cultural heritage, and is again thrilled to celebrate our city’s global distinction.”  


World Heritage Week Schedule of Events

Friday, May 19: Public Mural Unveiling

GPA and St. Mary Interparochial School are working together to debut the artwork of Isabelle Cress which highlights SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals. Additionally, this event will kick off GPA’s celebrations for World Heritage Week and will be occurring in conjunction with the 21st annual St. Mary annual Walkathon, occurring right after the walk.

·       Location: 440 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

·       Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

·       To register, please visit


Saturday, May 20:

Revolution Remix Walking Tour

Revolution Remix, organized by The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) will change the way you see Philadelphia and its history. We'll walk down streets you may have walked before and visit sites you may have visited before, but the stories we tell are stories you've never heard. Starting at the Liberty Bell and ending at Race Street Pier on the banks of the Delaware River, Revolution Remix shares stories of South Asians in Philadelphia from the 1780s to the present day.

·       Location: Liberty Bell 526 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

·       Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

·       To purchase tickets, please visit


The Clef Club Presents Helen Sung

The Clef Club presents Helen Sung, she has teamed up with her quartet and a poet, a hip-hop artist/rapper, and an installation artist in a series of interdisciplinary events to celebrate the range and diversity of Asian American artistry. Helen's 2021Guggenheim Fellowship is being applied toward a multi-movement composition for a big band; one of the movements, “Wayne’s World,” won the 2022 BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize.

·       Location: 736 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19146

·       Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

·       To purchase tickets, please visit


Sunday, May 21: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Youth Soccer Clinic

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has orchestrated a world-class compilation of coaches, captains, and players from the Philadelphia International Unity Cup soccer tournament to conduct a fun-filled youth soccer clinic. Youth ages 4 to 14 years of age will participate in skills and drills taught by some of our area’s most talented athletes. In collaboration with Philadelphia250 and Global Philadelphia Association, families can also enjoy fun heritage-themed activities. All participants will receive soccer-themed giveaways.

·       Location: Franklin Square, North 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

·       Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm


Monday, May 22: 19th Annual Global Business Conference (GBC)

The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) and the Temple University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) proudly present the 19th Annual Global Business Conference (GBC). Get the latest insights and strategies for success from industry-leading experts in the fields of exporting, world finance, energy supply, fluctuating international markets, global expansion, and more –all tailored for businesses based in Southeastern PA and South Jersey.

·       Location: Sonesta Rittenhouse Hotel 1800 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19103

·       Time: 7:45 am – 12:00 pm

·       To register, please visit



Tuesday, May 23: Sustainable Development Goals Walking Tour

Walking tour of SDG Murals #5, #16, & #6 hosted by GPA. Join GPA for a free guided tour of 3 of our murals in Center City. This will be an hour-long event to learn about the SDG program at GPA and see the artwork. We will also meet SDG5 artist Barbara Smolen. A light snack of donuts and coffee will be provided by Federal Donuts.

·       Location: 2 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

·       Time: 11:00am – 12:00 pm

·       To register, please visit


Wednesday, May 24:

Career Day at Louis H. Farrell School

Louis H. Farrell School is a public school named after Louis H. Farrell a civic leader and advocate for immigrants in the Bustleton section of Philadelphia. Today, Farrell School is home to students from over forty-two different countries and several diverse languages. We will be celebrating Career Day, inviting professionals from diverse communities to share their passion with the students.

·       Location: 8300 Castor Ave Philadelphia, PA 19152

·       Time: 8:15 am – 10:15am


Discussion Panel: “Defining Success: Asian American Dream”

The 2023 theme for AAPI Heritage Month has been dubbed “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity” by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council. “Defining Success: Asian American Dream” is a signature event that will highlight five Asian American who will share the story of their careers and entrepreneurship journey despite the difficult road they went through.

·       Location: Rivers Casino Philadelphia, North Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

·       Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

·       To purchase tickets, please visit


Thursday, May 25: African Liberation Day Celebration

African Liberation Day was originally created in 1963 by of African Unity (OAU), on May 25 and is celebrated around the world. Dr. Molefi K. Asante will speak on the historic importance of African Liberation Day and its creation. Ambassador Dr. Robin R. Sanders will speak on Digitization and its impact on trade and commerce across Africa.

·       Location: Gladfelter Hall, Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, Room 107

·       Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

·       To register, please visit


Friday, May 26: A Look Back – 2022 World Heritage City Celebration

Look back at the 2022 World Heritage City Celebration! Held on “Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities”, the celebration honored the global impact of MSNBC anchor, Ali Velshi, and support World Heritage partners in Ukraine with 10% of net proceeds being donated to support the World Heritage City of Lviv. To learn more, please visit


Saturday, May 27: Living Well with Pat Nogar

“The Philly Joy” is a great cocktail to enjoy this week to wrap up World Heritage Week. To learn how to make the cocktail please visit The cocktail will also be a featured drink at this year’s annual World Heritage Celebration event.


Sunday, May 28: Schuylkill River Walking Tour

Join the Association for Public Art (APA) and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for a Schuylkill River walking tour in celebration of National Historic Preservation Month. This tour will cover the changes and development along the lower Schuylkill River and the industrialization that followed historical landmarks, and public art spanning the early 18th to the mid-19th century.

·       Location: Lloyd Hall Rec Center at 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

·       Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

·       To register, please visit here.


About the Global Philadelphia Association

The Global Philadelphia Association consists of more than 200 internationally involved organizations, businesses, and individuals in Greater Philadelphia. It was created to assist – and to encourage greater interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the area, and to enhance Philadelphia’s global profile. For more information, visit the website:

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