SOURCE: Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

May 01, 2012 17:18 ET

PECO Multicultural Series Continues at Penn's Landing

Explore the World Without Leaving Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Another season of free programming continues on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's premier Delaware River waterfront entertainment destination. The 2012 Program Season will showcase an assorted schedule of events including eleven different multicultural festivals that comprise the PECO Multicultural Series. The annual PECO Multicultural Series will begin on May 20th with the Israel Independence Day Festival and continues throughout the event-filled 2011 summer season, ending on September 16th with the Mexican Independence Day.

The PECO Multicultural Series offers a culturally rich outing with a chance to explore the world without needing to travel. These festivals celebrate the diverse ethnic heritages that make Philadelphia unique.

A centerpiece of this year's series will be the newly expanded Global Fusion Festival. Now in its 6th year, this year's event will be a co-production between the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and the Multi-cultural Affairs Congress of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The Global Fusion Festival celebrates the "cultural fusions" of the world with the LARGEST, one-day festival in Philadelphia, featuring Grammy award-winning headliners, ethnic performers, vendors, and kid's activities all for FREE!

Past headliners of Global Fusion have included Guyanese Grammy award-winning R&B singer Melanie Fiona, Salsa singer Brenda K. Starr, R&B quartet En Vogue, Puerto Rican Bachata artist Toby Love, and more.

Admission is FREE for all PECO Multicultural Series events. KYW Newsradio and NBC 10 are proud media partners of the series.

The 2012 PECO Multicultural Series festivals include:

May 20 Israel Independence Day 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Great Plaza
June 2 Irish American Festival 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza
June 9 Islamic Heritage Festival 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza
June 17 Portuguese Festival 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza
July 14, 15 Hispanic Fiesta 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza
July 21 Global Fusion 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza
August 4 ACANA African Festival 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza
August 11 Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza
August 18 Festival of India 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza
August 19 Caribbean Festival 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza
September 16 Mexican Independence Day 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza

PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia region's most active corporate citizens, contributing about $5 million in grant support annually to leading educational, environmental, arts and culture and community development organizations. The company's employees volunteer thousands of hours of time and talent each year as board members, volunteers, fundraisers, coaches and mentors.

The company has a strong tradition of community leadership and puts its energy into programs that have a meaningful, measurable impact on the Philadelphia region.

To learn more about PECO's contributions and programs, visit

Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of corporate partners such as PECO, Verizon, Pennsylvania Lottery, Coca-Cola Refreshments-Philadelphia, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.

The 2012 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the RiverStage on the Great Plaza, Philadelphia's premier waterfront entertainment destination, and at Philadelphia's newest park, the Race Street Pier.

DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009 exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.

For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit: This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play, and stay all day at Penn's Landing.

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