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27 Jul 2018

Carnival De Resistance introduces performances through Aug 3 & 4 in Philly at Arch Street United Methodist Church

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July 27, 2018 Category: Oasis Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  (Photo:  Tim Nafziger)

The Carnival de Resistance is proud to announce their upcoming residency in Philadelphia until August 7th, 2018. More than 30 artists and activists from across North America will build and animate this traveling arts carnival, eco-village demonstration, and community engagement initiative.

They will have two hubs of activity, and are building their Carnival midway and mainstage at Arch Street United Methodist Church: a historic architectural treasure located in the Center Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, housing one of the most diverse congregations in the city. They are building an eco-village demonstration at Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP): an arts, gardening and Latinx cultural organization that has been bringing the North Philadelphia community together for 45 years.


Presented by Holy Fool Arts, The Simple Way, Circle of Hope, Restoration Village Arts, Temenos Community and The Alternative Seminary, and partnering with myriad of local organizations: (Circle Thrift, Jewish Farm School, Kol Tzedek, PA Interfaith Power & Light, The Shalom Center, Green Justice Philly, Defend Our Future, Earth Quaker Action Team, Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, POWER Street Theatre, Renegade Theater Company, Spiral Q, Art Well and more.


August 3rd & August 4th – 5:00pm @ Arch Street United Methodist Church – 55 N. Broad St, Philadelphia

The Carnival Midway opens at 5pm and invites the public to explore a wonderland of games, sideshows, roving performers, and interactive art installations. Build those resistance muscles by playing “Knock Down the Walls of Oppression” and “Run the Money Changers out of the Temple.” Follow your fancy by fashioning flair in the Creation Station or browse exhibits by local justice groups .

The Carnival Mainstage:

  • Opening acts each night, starting at 7:00pm.
  • Feature productions, beginning at 8:00pm, weave live music, dance, and circus arts.
  • Friday (August 3rd): “Rooted Wind” invokes ancient stories as told by loud-mouthed Raven, grace-filled Dove, and the Spirits of the Forest.
  • Saturday (August 4th): “Wade Through Deep Water” follows the transformative journey of Miriam, Moses’ sister, and John the Baptist, who channel the voice of the water to speak to our current ecological and cultural crises.


  • Eco Village Tours: Monday, July 30th and Tuesday, July 31st, 5:00 pm @ Las Parcelas- 2248 N Palethorp St. This event is co-led by the Carnival de Resistance and Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP). Explore the Carnival’s fossil-fuel free kitchen, solar showers, and eco-village lifestyle experiments. Tour Norris Square Neighborhood Project’s community gardens and cultural monuments, and learn about its remarkable, decades-long commitment to community resilience.
  • Workshops & Community Projects – “Pickles, Pedals, and Paint”: Wednesday, August 1st, 2:00-6:00pm @ Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden – 2251 N Philip St . This afternoon of workshops & demonstrations will focus on homesteading skills, gardening, alternative energy, and street art. Join OKSC, NSNP, the Jewish Farm School, Spiral Q and the Carnival Crew for an afternoon of learning and sharing. Community meal and live music will follow.
  • Parade & Rally – “Power Toward a Just Future”: Thursday, August 2nd, 10:45am gather @ PECO headquarters – 2301 Market St with EQAT // 11:30am parade commences // procession to SEPTA Headquarters – 1243 Market St. to call for Fossil Free Transit, arrive for 12:30pm rally @ City Hall so Mayor Kenney and City Council can hear. This parade and rally will combine the energies of Philadelphia’s artist and activist communities to make a raucous call for local renewable energy systems and green job development that reflects the city’s demographics. In partnership with Green Justice Philly, Philly, Earth Quaker Action Team, PA Interfaith Power & Light, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Voices Rising Philadelphia, Unidos da Filadelfia, and Spiral Q.

All events are FREE! Donations are always welcome. Carnival events are family friendly, with no alcohol but plenty of abandon! To learn more about their programs and partners, and to access the schedule online, visit .

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