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Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Intercultural Journeys seeks to promote understanding in pursuit of peace among people of diverse faiths and cultures through dialogue and the presentation of world-class music performances and other art forms.


Homeland: Cultural Migrations Through Artistry

Carly Rapaport-Stein

Intercultural Journeys is pleased to announce its 2016/17 Season, Homeland: Cultural Migrations Through Artistry. The season consists of five diverse, compelling concerts featuring local and non-local artists is the second season curated by Alex Shaw.

The artists featured in the season include two-time GRAMMY nominee and 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Rahim AlHaj; the Philadelphia debut of Brooklyn-based Alsarah & The Nubatones; previous IJ artists Keisha Hutchins, Udi Bar-David, and Hanna Khoury; and South Indian mrudangam master Rajna Swaminathan and her ensemble RAJAS in concert with playwright/actress Anu Yadav.

Intercultural Journeys is also pleased to continue a new programming tradition, Food for Thought. Prior to each concert, guests are invited to join a free community potluck and discussion designed to explore the social themes connected to the concert and the season. Remarks are provided by a local scholar or community organizer, and attendees are encouraged to bring a food item to share with the group. Each Food for Thought event takes place in the East Gallery at International House two hours prior to the show.

All performances are held at the Ibrahim Theater at International House Philadelphia. Season subscriptions are priced at $60. Single ticket prices are: $15 for general admission, $10 for International House members, and $8 for students. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

Homeland: Cultural Migrations Through Artistry

Alsarah & The Nubatones: Ya Watan (O Homeland)

November 6, 2016 @ 7:00pm

We kick the 2016/17 season off with Brooklyn-based Alsarah & The Nubatones. Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter, and self-proclaimed practitioner of East African retro-pop, whose music is deeply rooted in Nubian ‘Songs of Return’ from the 1960s and 70s, and contemplates modern migration patterns and cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. We welcome Alsarah & The Nubatones for their first ever Philadelphia appearance, performing music from their internationally renowned debut album, Silt, as well as from their upcoming new album release.


Udi Bar-David & Hanna Khoury: From Tarshiha to Rabin Center - An Artistic Path to Peace

January 22, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Acclaimed American-Israeli cellist Udi Bar-David and Arab-Israeli violinist Hanna Khoury (2010 Pew Fellow), joined by Syrian-Venezuelan master percussionist Hafez Javier Kotain (2013 Pew Fellow), will recount their recent concert tour of Arab and Jewish communities in Israel amidst the ongoing tensions in the region, while traveling with the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, in partnership with Intercultural Journeys. The trio will perform musical selections from their tour, and will share the challenges and hopes from their experiences through sounds and video that documented their journey of peace.


Rajna Swaminathan/RAJAS & Anu Yadav: Storytellers

February 19, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Accomplished mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist and composer Rajna Swaminathan joins forces with acclaimed playwright/actor Anu Yadav to debut their compelling political and personal performance, Storytellers, against the current backdrop of racially charged conflict and other 'isms' plaguing our society. In collaboration with RAJAS, Swaminathan’s ensemble rooted in the Indian classical perspective and jazz/creative music scenes, Storytellers combines musical improvisation with community-engaged theater that acknowledges our differences, transcends boundaries, and addresses the urgent need for compassion and humanity in these challenging times.


Keisha Hutchins: Going Home

March 26, 2017 @ 7:00pm

In Going Home, classically-trained vocalist and singer-songwriter Keisha Hutchins examines how African-American musical art forms have functioned throughout history and across the Diaspora, and considers what it means to be Black in various homelands, where some of those living the Black experience still do not feel completely at home and welcome.  Audiences will journey through music, dance and poetry to ask “What is home?” and “What is Blackness?“, and trouble the notions both outside of and within the Black Diaspora that try to define us in easily packaged monolithic terms.


Rahim AlHaj: Letters from Iraq

May 21, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Two-time GRAMMY-nominee and 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow, composer and oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj will premiere his latest work, Letters from Iraq. Composed for oud, Arabic percussion, and string quintet, Letters from Iraq is a poignant meditation on war, its aftermath, and its consequences.  Inspired by stories told from the perspective of Iraqi women and children, Letters from Iraq will feature a string quintet of renowned Philadelphia-based musicians, including Pennsylvania Ballet Concertmaster Luigi Mazzocchi.  

IJ welcomes Tim Ward, Jr. to the Board of Directors

Carly Rapaport-Stein

Intercultural Journeys is pleased to welcome Tim Ward, Jr. as the newest member of the Board of Directors. Elected in June 2016, Mr. Ward is a Manager with North Highland Worldwide Consulting and specializes in the design and delivery of digital products.

"We are delighted to welcome Tim to the Intercultural Journeys Board of Directors," said Stacy Maria Dutton, Chair of the IJ Board of Directors. "In addition to bringing his passion for music and commitment to the role that music can play as a tool for social change, he also brings extensive strategic and design experience, both of which are invaluable as we continue to position IJ as the premiere institution working at the intersection of the arts and social change." 

Mr. Ward is a graduate of LaSalle University and has spent most of his professional career providing technology and management consulting services to clients in the Media/Entertainment and Pharmaceutical industries. Outside of his consulting work, he is an avid guitar player and singer with a passion for bringing people together through music. 

My City Needs...

Carly Rapaport-Stein

Students at Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice. Photo by Aidan Un. 

Students at Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice. Photo by Aidan Un. 

In addition to performances, Intercultural Journeys also offers a variety of educational opportunities to youth in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. These engagements can range from one-time performances or discussions featuring our season artists to full-scale arts and social residencies. The goal with our educational programming is to use the arts to inspire and cultivate social consciousness and awareness - something that is often lacking in general education. All too frequently, youth are confronted with challenging issues in their own communities and are left with little guidance on how to process the things they are confronted with as well as their relationships with each other, their community, and the world at large. Our residency program is called Arts and Agency, and you can find updates on our various residencies under the appropriate header on our main website. 

Recently, we completed our first Arts and Agency residency at Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice. The Native Portals Education Project was created in collaboration with our 2015/16 season artist, 2016 Pew Fellow and 2015 Leeway Transformation Award Winner Lela Aisha Jones. During the residency, Lela worked with the ninth grade students to to create pathways and entry points for students to continually explore individual agency, social responsibility, social consciousness, and social action through movement and creative process. You can read more about the residency, including comments from Lela and the students and watch videos documenting the process by clicking on the link below, or by traveling to the Arts and Agency header above, and select "Parkway NW High School." 

IJ Welcomes Two New Members to the Board of Directors

Carly Rapaport-Stein

Philadelphia, PA—Intercultural Journeys is pleased to welcome Renee Garcia, a Senior Counsel for PNC Bank, and Miriam Fisher Schaefer, Interim Director of Finance and Operations for Friends Central School, to the Board of Directors. Both women were elected to the Board in June 2015.

"We are thrilled to have Miriam and Renee join our Board of Directors. Miriam brings extensive non-profit financial and executive expertise and Renee legal expertise, and, both of which will undoubtedly propel IJ forward as we continue to boost our programs and audience in the Philadelphia area," said Intercultural Journeys Board Chair, Stacy Maria Dutton. "Intercultural Journeys is one of the leading organizations in Philadelphia using the arts for social change and to bridge cultural differences. The election of these two talented women is a reflection of our growth and an investment in our future."

Ms. Schaefer currently serves as Interim Director of Finance and Operations at Friends Central School in Wynnewood, PA.  She previously worked at several non-profit and corporate organizations in Philadelphia.  After earning her M.B.A. from Columbia University, Ms. Schaefer held finance positions with the Chemical Heritage Foundation, American Friends Service Committee, American Express, Avon Products, and The Franklin Mint.

Ms. Garcia specializes in mortgage litigation with PNC Bank and serves on PNC Bank's Legal Department Pro Bono Committee.  Ms. Garcia received her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she was active with the Harvard Immigration Project, Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Environmental Law Review, and Women’s Law Association.  Prior to serving as Senior Counsel for PNC Bank, Ms. Garcia was an Associate with Hogan Lovells LLP and handled a variety of litigation and pro bono matters.  She has also held positions at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, Lawyers for Children, Inc. and the Open Society Foundations' Office of General Counsel. 


Announcing the 2015/16 Season: The Artistry of Identity and Transformation

Carly Rapaport-Stein

Since 2001, Intercultural Journeys has been driven by a mission of pairing dialogue with live music performance as a means of promoting greater understanding and peace among communities of different faiths and cultures. Having presented over 150 concerts throughout the U.S. and internationally, Intercultural Journeys has been successfully sharing its message of peace and reconciliation with eager audiences worldwide.

As we refocus our efforts in the greater Philadelphia region, we are broadening our programming to present innovative collaborations and compelling artists from different disciplines who represent diverse cultural perspectives. In addition to featuring these artists in live performance, Intercultural Journeys maintains a commitment to facilitating dialogue and community exchange with our artists throughout the season via workshops, panel discussions, arts residencies, pre/post-concert talks, and other forums. We are also developing new creative partnerships with other local organizations and institutions to expand our programmatic reach, such as our valued partnership with the International House of Philadelphia where we are currently presenting our season concerts.

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming 2015/16 season, The Artistry of Identity and Transformation, in which we consider the relationships between artistic practice, cultural identity, and the role of artistry in social transformation. Below you will find more information about each of the featured artists this season. We will soon be sending out more season updates as we schedule our community engagement activities. We look forward to connecting with you this season through meaningful dialogue and captivating performances.

Alex Shaw, Curator &  Lindsey S. Crane, Managing Director

Click to download the 15/16 Season Postcard