Special Programs

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In Toll the Bell, we focus our 23/24 season artist residencies with the Negro Ensemble Company and Rennie Harris Puremovement on exploring the tragedy and trauma of the gun violence epidemic affecting Philadelphia and the entire country.

DakhaBrakha photo, Text: Ukraine: The Edge of Freedom, Feb 25-Mar 3

Ukraine: The Edge of Freedom

With The Edge of Freedom, we focus on artists calling attention to the challenges Ukraine has been facing and uplift the artistry and soul of this country rich with cultural history.

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ListenHear Series

Our ListenHear series profiles significant contemporary musical voices, illuminating artists who are creating new work across the musical spectrum.

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Accelerator Program

Furthering our distinguished history of supporting and presenting new work, our Accelerator Program formalizes this significant investment in our artists and their future.

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Philadelphia Children's Festival

Our annual Philadelphia Children's Festival takes place in late spring and features family-friendly performances as well as hands-on activities and more fun in the outdoor PLAYground.

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Student Discovery Series

Our weekday Student Discovery series allows students to see professional dance, theatre and music artists and make connections to lessons in the classroom.

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INSIGHTS events occur before and/or after many shows and explore the themes presented on stage. FREE for ticket holders, INSIGHTS can feature Penn faculty members or Penn student performing arts groups, and sometimes, the artists themselves. Information about any upcoming INSIGHTS events is included on the specific performance's webpage.