Friday, August 22, 2014
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Philadelphia Arts Fest - Again

"Its organizers described it as the most elaborate series of cultural events in Philadelphia history. It was, they asserted, 'an extraordinary coming together of the arts and culture of an entire city around an idea...' It took two years to put together. It lasted seven weeks. Eighty-one cultural institutions and organizations were involved, plus a number of Center City businesses."

Philadelphia Arts Fest - Again

"Its organizers described it as the most elaborate series of cultural events in Philadelphia history. It was, they asserted, 'an extraordinary coming together of the arts and culture of an entire city around an idea...' It took two years to put together. It lasted seven weeks. Eighty-one cultural institutions and organizations were involved, plus a number of Center City businesses."

No, it's not the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which opens this week. It was Festival Mythos, in 1991, the city's last big arts festival. Go down memory lane here.

Interesting thing about Mythos: it cost only $600,000 to produce (about $1 million in 2011 terms, adjusted for inflation) and was attended by a million people. PIFA's budget is $10 million.

Of course, as far as I can remember, Mythos didn't have its own ferris wheel.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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