Creative Spirit

  • Art
  • Music
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Culinary

Rated as America’s #1 City for Culture by Travel + Leisure, Philadelphia’s art, music, film, design, fashion, performance and culinary energy is thriving.

Philadelphia has become the “now” place where young artists collaborate to innovate everything from food to fashion, creating a renaissance environment.

International artists are drawn to engage with Philadelphia’s mural arts phenomenon, the largest such community art initiative in the world. Art galleries are accessible, friendly and host monthly First Friday celebrations. Expressive fashion designers and cutting-edge retailers like Urban Outfitters are experimenting and launching new concepts.

“I should have come here (to Philadelphia) sooner. In the short time I’ve been here, it’s been impressive.”

–Anthony Bourdain, Celebrity Chef

Cultural Festivals like the Odunde Festival Highlight the city’s diverse heritage. The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival + Philly Fringe launches annual performances on the edge, while Broadway shows and the Philadelphia Orchestra lead the Avenue of the Arts. Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B, Neo Soul, Latin and Pop are the core of Philadelphia led by bands such as The Roots, the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The Barnes Foundation, sitting along the Parkway with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum, places Philadelphia as one of the premier art desinations in the world.

A vignette from the inspiring video (PHL: Modern Renaissance City) celebrates the city’s Creative Spirit. Discover Philadelphia. Discover PHL. An open source community asset, this video is directed by up-and-coming Philadelphia-based creators Pete Herron and Kris van Genderen for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sharing welcome.

Philadelphia is home to James Beard Award winners Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Jeff Michaud of Osteria, Jose Garces of Amada Greg Vernick and Stephen Starr, as well as famous Iron Chefs Morimoto and (again) Jose Garces and a Top Chef (Nicholas Elmi).

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