An Inside Look into Chestnut Hill’s Witches and Wizards Festival

On October 20, I spent the day at the Witches and Wizards Festival (formerly Harry Potter Festival) in Chestnut Hill. The Witches and Wizards Festival is an annual festival that celebrates the mystical and spooky, with a lot of elements from the Harry Potter series incorporated, by lining the streets with a ton of fun activities! Missed out on this year’s event? Check out Campus Philly’s inside look in our blog post, and be sure to add the Witches and Wizards Festival to your calendar next year, because this is one event you do not want to miss! Here are our recommendations for having the best time at the Witches and Wizards Festival: Continue reading “An Inside Look into Chestnut Hill’s Witches and Wizards Festival”

How to Get Unlimited Access to Philadelphia Orchestra Shows for just $25

The Philadelphia Orchestra is legendary. It’s been around for more than 100 years (founded in 1900!), was the first orchestra to appear in a radio commercial, the first orchestra to appear on television, and the first major orchestra to give a live performance on the internet, way back before YouTube streaming and Instagram Live was even a thought.

Our city’s orchestra is iconic, and with its concerts taking place right in the middle of the city at the Kimmel Center, it’s never been easier to see a show, and make a night of it…especially when an annual membership for Philly college students is just $25. That means unlimited access to more than 80 concerts all season, the ability to reserve student tickets in advance to secure your seats, and the option to purchase additional student tickets for just $8 (your friends will thank you, trust us).

Looking for some recommendations on things to see, places to eat, and the best spots to take a selfie with City Hall? Check out our Center City itinerary, ending with an evening at the Philadelphia Orchestra, below:

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Raising Artists While Growing a Business – An Interview with Dave Silver, Co-Founder of REC Philly

You’ve probably been to a small underground show around your campus, where on-campus artists can get a taste of the spotlight and have the opportunity to introduce the greater community to their art.  Have you ever thought about the person whose job it is to execute those events? The one organizing every. single. little. thing for the shows to make sure the audience is having a good time, and the talent is getting their music heard by as many people as possible? 

Meet Dave Silver, co-founder of REC Philly, a space and community for creatives who want to turn their passion for music into a sustainable career. Dave found his passion for helping local artists while attending Temple University, and since his time there, he’s built a company from the ground up, working with well-known artists such as rock/soul singer Zeek Burse (“The Experience”) & folk artist Rachel Andie.  Dave sat down with me for an interview in Parliament Cafe right beneath the Campus Philly office.  Building a brand means you’re always working, but Dave was as welcoming to the idea of sitting down with Campus Philly as ever.  That’s because, as he’ll explain, Campus Philly had a hand in beginning his journey… Continue reading “Raising Artists While Growing a Business – An Interview with Dave Silver, Co-Founder of REC Philly”

Campus Philly’s 5 Steps to Writing a Resume

Finalizing your résumé for that perfect job? That dream internship? That once-in-a-lifetime scholarship? It can be intimidating to try and capture the essence of all your years of experience on one page, but it’s certainly possible.  All you need to know is how to structure your resumé and exactly what to include, but of course, that’s easier said than done.

Our team at Campus Philly has the tips, tricks, and advice to help you make your resume as polished as possible.  Here are the 5 steps to building your best resumé!

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Did You Know Philly Has Its Own World Cup?

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In Philadelphia, sports unify people across all cultures and demographics. The Philadelphia International Unity Cup, presented by Goya, is no exception. The tournament has been uniting the city’s neighborhoods and celebrating its diverse immigrant communities through soccer for the past three years. This year, the Unity Cup had a record 52 teams representing countries from around the world compete in the tournament, which kicked off in August and runs through October. Continue reading “Did You Know Philly Has Its Own World Cup?”

Being an Advocate for Yourself – An Interview with Jennifer Kurowski, VP, Creative Director at Digitas Health

Inside Parliament Coffee on 15th Street, just around the corner from the Campus Philly office, I sat down with Jennifer Kurowski, VP, Creative Director at the Philadelphia-based advertising agency, Digitas Health, a member of the Publicis Health healthcare communications group.

Jennifer will be a panelist at this year’s Create Philly, Campus Philly’s networking event taking place on October 23 at WeWork to show students the creative opportunities waiting for them in a Philly career.  With thriving sectors of theatre, art, advertising, writing, and marketing, there are infinite possibilities in Philly for utilizing a creative degree in a professional setting!

Jennifer was kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about her Philadelphia college experience, her transition into a career in copywriting, and thriving in her creative work at Publicis.  Tea in all of our hands, we began to talk about our college experiences, and Jennifer’s story is by far the most interesting… Continue reading “Being an Advocate for Yourself – An Interview with Jennifer Kurowski, VP, Creative Director at Digitas Health”

Here’s How You Can Catch the Best Skyline Views… from a Boat on the Delaware River!

There’s no getting around it – Philadelphia has a pretty incredible skyline. Whether it’s from a vantage point on the South Street Bridge, one of the new skyscrapers in University City, or taking PATCO into the city, it’s almost impossible to not be in awe of Philly’s skyline views.

There are so many great spots for snapping a selfie with the Comcast Center in the background, but what if we told you that the best views of the city (and we mean the whole city) could be spotted from the Delaware River… on a boat?

We’ve put together a crawl through the historic Old City District below, hitting all the must-see sites representing Philly’s history you might have missed on your field trips, the must-eat treats you HAVE to try, and the BEST way to catch the city’s skyline views – on the Spirit of Philadelphia, a cruise that leaves from Penn’s Landing year-round. Continue reading “Here’s How You Can Catch the Best Skyline Views… from a Boat on the Delaware River!”

Three Fringe Festival shows to fire up your weekend

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By: Claire Shoyer
Photo credit: Ian Douglas


The 2018 Fringe Festival is in full swing! With 180+ curated and independent shows across 17 days and 8 neighborhoods of Philadelphia, it’s the perfect time to join in this celebration of contemporary performance. Here are 3 don’t-miss performances happening this weekend:

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd

Until his death from AIDS in 1988, multidisciplinary choreographer John Bernd stood at the forefront of New York’s experimental dance scene. Bernd’s onetime friend and collaborator Ishmael Houston-Jones and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez have mashed up Bernd’s work into a wholly new piece which explores the question: What would contemporary dance be like if the gay/dance communities hadn’t lost a whole generation of creators to the epidemic?

Variations on Themes is accompanied by a visual exhibit in the Christ Church Neighborhood
house lobby focusing on the AIDS crisis in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia chapter of ACT UP,
and local initiatives like Shut Up and Dance.

Sept 14 at 8pm, Sept 15 at 8pm, Sept 16 at 2pm
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American Street

Caen Amour
Choreographer Trajal Harrell uses the origins of modern dance to create an entirely new performance piece informed by the ritualized moves of dance-floor voguing and the Japanese dance-theater tradition of butoh.

Led by a cast of (mostly) male dancers performing as women, Caen Amour explores the line between artistic and erotic dance of the past, and imagines how erotic dancing of previous eras would look like today, exoticism and spectacle remaining intact.

Sept 13-14 at 7pm and 9pm, Sept 15 at 5pm and 7pm
FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Boulevard

The undergird
Choreographer Meg Foley’s seven-year development of improvisational performance practice culminates in a viscerally affecting new work about death and grief as bodily experiences. The undergird is a rhythmic and persistent celebration of where memory and imagination live inside the body and how they are remade real through moving ritual. The performance builds an intimate, highly physical space that undoes our understanding of time and loss and proposes that together we can bear almost anything.

Sept 13 at 8 pm, Sept 14 at 6 pm, Sept 14 at 9 pm, Sept 15 at 3:30 pm, Sept 15 at 6 pm, Sept 16 at 3:30 pm
Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American Street

If you need another reason to join in the fun, all Festival shows with prices higher than $10 will be offering student discounts! You can download the FringeArts app (available on the App Store and Google Play) to build your Festival schedule, see a map of all the performance venues, and take a look at our recommended partners. The Fringe Festival is an incredible opportunity to engage with Philadelphia’s performing arts scene, with such a wide range of financially and geographically accessible performances across the city and online! See the full line-up of shows here.

CollegeFest: All-Day Festival in Dilworth Park on September 8!

CollegeFest 2018 is, without a doubt, Campus Philly’s biggest event of the entire year.  Registering for CollegeFest and picking up your wristband at the Campus Philly booth in Dilworth Park will get you FREE museums all day on September 8th!  With over thirteen museums free to explore, you’ll have plenty to do, but don’t forget all the CollegeFest activities taking place in Dilworth Park….for FREE, and exclusively for Philly-area college students!

We’ll have prize wheels with cool swag from companies all over the city, free drinks (including Dunkin’ Donuts iced-coffee), and fun activities like giant inflatable Bubbleballs and Nerf Football!  After you pick up your wristband for free museums, be sure to explore all the booths and free stuff provided by our local Philly sponsors!

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CollegeFest: FREE Philly Museums on September 8th!

CollegeFest is quickly approaching, and we’re beyond excited!  On September 8th, experience your BEST five hours in Philly.  This year, we’ll have the biggest festival yet in Dilworth Park, featuring exhibitors with prizes and giveaways, pop-up performances, outdoor games, and so much more

CollegeFest is all about introducing you to your extended campus, the city of Philadelphia, so in addition to the huge party at Dilworth Park, we’re also partnering with museums and attractions all over Philly that you’ll get to discover for FREE.  That’s right!  If you’re a current college student, register today for Express Check-In  so you can skip the line at Dilworth Park (next to City Hall) on September 8, grab your wristband and check out these attractions for F-R-E-E! Continue reading “CollegeFest: FREE Philly Museums on September 8th!”