Festivals at The Mann

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ Festival program produces original programming that educates, inspires, and is relevant to Philadelphia's diverse community. 

New Frontiers

A six-month project inspired by the 75th birthday of pioneering NASA Astronaut and Philadelphia native son, Colonel Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr.


The Mann's 2015 festival celebrating Douglass, King, and Mandela and their powerful enduring messages regarding human rights, voting rights, and freedom from slavery.


A five-month celebration of the human spirit's boundless capacity for good, imagination, creativity and freedom.


A seven-month project celebrating the life and legacy of 19th century African American civil rights pioneer Octavius V. Catto and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Curated by Nolan Williams, Jr., Festival Artistic Director for the Mann / CEO of NEWorks Productions, Collaborative Artistic Partner


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