A commercial, educational, & cultural center, Philadelphia, PA (the host city of TAKII) was once the 2nd-largest community in the British Empire (after London), in addition to being the social & geographical center of the original 13 American colonies. It was in this city that many of the ideas, & subsequent actions, gave birth to the American Revolution & American Independence, making Philadelphia a centerpiece of early American history. In 2008, the population of the city proper was estimated to be over 1.4 million, while the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area's population of 5.8 million made it the country's 5th-largest. The city is the nation's 4th-largest urban area by population & its 4th-largest consumer media market as ranked by the Nielsen Media Research. It is the county seat of Philadelphia County (with which it is coterminous). Popular nicknames for Philadelphia include "Philly" & "The City Of Brotherly Love".
University City (the exact area where The Rotunda, TAKII's venue, is located) was Philadelphia's 1st suburb & it remains home to distinctive, livable urban neighborhoods of wide porches, tree-lined streets, restaurants & cafes, & shops. World-renowned centers of education, medicine, & technology & residents of diverse backgrounds lend University City its intellectual and international flavor. Its galleries, museums, & theaters feature exhibitions & performances from across the nation & around the world. Although the 6 colleges & universities located here earned the area the "University City" name, just like all cities, it hums 365 days of the year.
TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~ comes at you from The Rotunda (host to every season of TAKII since TAKII 3 ~Video Game Ecstacy~), located at 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. A community gathering place for the promotion of arts & culture, The Rotunda is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change & that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania & the surrounding community. Over 300 events are presented every year, ranging from live music of all types, film, theater, dance, art, spoken word, education, youth events, activist gatherings, & various experimental forms of art & performance (starring, of course, TAKII ^_*). The University of Pennsylvania purchased the building (formerly known as a First Church Of Christ Scientist) in 1996 as a strategic acquisition tied to a large scale community investment strategy known as the West Philadelphia Initiatives. While pursuing redevelopment options, Penn’s real estate officials responded to the ideas put forth in a 1998 Urban Studies seminar led by Dr. Ira Harkavy & Dr. Lee Benson, which called for the formation of The Foundation Community Arts Initiative.
By making space available in a portion of the building, The Foundation held their 1st event in 1999 producing a free, all ages Jazz concert open to the public. Afterwards, The Foundation, led by an undergraduate student, Andrew Zitcer, quickly began programming weekly events & monthly series, showcasing diverse groups of people through arts & culture experiences by utilizing the multi-faceted talents of both students & other West Philadelphia community members. Gina Renzi, a local event organizer, artist, & activist, was hired to become the new Director of The Rotunda while Mr. Zitcer accepted a position at Penn’s Office Of Student Life. As of 2011, TAKII Founder/Lead Coordinator, D-chan, was honored by The Rotunda with his induction to their Board Of Directors.
On February 18th, 1964, the Pennsylvania General Assembly established the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to provide public transit services for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia Counties. Today, SEPTA is the nation’s 5th largest public transportation system, with a vast network of fixed route services. For TAKII fans who already reside in the tri-state area (PA, NJ, &/or DE), or are able to get there by way of like-minded area transit systems (like New Jersey's PATCO, New York's MTA, Delaware's DART, or the nationally-acclaimed Greyhound & Amtrak bus lines), it has become a cost-effective, drama-free, transport alternative to/from the fusion festival:
For those TAKII fanatics out there who insist that public transit just "ain't your thang", then we encourage that you rent a taxi, or carpool to TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~. Do you really want to be carrying all of your swag on a long walk home long after midnight? We didn't think so ^_*. Here are some snazzy places you can get quick & easy-to-follow directions:
Don't let the celebration stop when you leave TAKII....take it back to your hotel/motel with your roomies! If you are looking for a roomie & wanna get to know them, look no further than the social network enigma known as PDNMZ: AMEN! Also, we've compiled some "kawaii" places you can get some good rates, if we don't post them elsewhere. Without further ado: