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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts launches 25 days of arts and culture with a gala at the Kimmel Center tonight.

The Commonwealth Plaza has been transformed into a Parisian Streetscape. An 81-foot high Eiffel tower is covered with 6,000 light bulbs that will be switched on twice a night in a dazzling light and sound show.

PIFA executive director Ed Cambron says there will be free concerts, free French lessons, trapeze lessons, Jazz Tuesdays, family fun weekends, and a lot more.

“The Kimmel Center itself in its transformation is a place where people can hang out who normally don’t come into our space,” Cambron says. “It’s really about exciting the whole community. Philadelphia is an amazing place for art and culture.”

In all, there are 135 events across the city, involving 1500 artists. PIFA runs through May 1st.

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Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio

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