Intercultural Journeys Wraps Up Successful 10th Anniversary Season

 Philadelphia, PA (May 23, 2013) Intercultural Journeys, a Philadelphia-based cultural organization that presents world-class musical performances in an effort to promote dialogue, wrapped up its 10th anniversary season at this year’s Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts (PIFA). The season was a success in many ways.

From an artistic perspective, the season was one of IJ’s most ambitious. It began with a concert as part of Peace Day Philly’s celebration in September and included IJ’s first Carnegie Hall appearance in November 2012. This was followed by a triumphant collaboration with Tony and Emmy-Award winning performer Mandy Patinkin in March of 2013. Intercultural Journeys continued its collaborative efforts with the Arabic, African-American, Asian, and Latino communities and artists with performances including Charlotte Blake Alston, John Blake, Jr, Jiebing Chen, Ricardo Morales, Rolando Morales-Matos, and the Dalí String Quartet.

Organizationally, Intercultural Journeys achieved its 2012 Annual Giving fund-raising goals.. The generosity of IJ’s supporters has allowed IJ to grow its work in the community. Co-founder and Board member Carole Haas Gravagno was honored with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Individual Leadership Award. This award recognizes an individual who has contributed to our region’s cultural landscape and “exhibited dedication above and beyond their professional responsibilities.”

Board chair, Majid Alsayegh, congratulates IJ staff, board members, and supporters on the great season and thanks everyone for their continued efforts over the past 10 years to ensure that IJ’s message of tolerance, respect and harmony between cultures, shines brighter and brighter.