RUBBER DUCK BRIDGE PARTY Launches Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's 'Festival of Firsts' Today

To launch the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will be closing the Roberto Clemente Bridge to welcome The Rubber Duck Project to Pittsburgh and to the United States for the first time. THE Rubber Duck BRIDGE PARTY is set for today, September 27 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.

Festivities for the evening include the appearance of the 4-story high, three-story wide Rubber Duck, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's largest Night Market on the bridge with food and art vendors, and special guest appearances that are to be announced. Opening the event will be hosts Mikey and Big Bob from KISS FM with DJ Scottro playing tunes into the evening.

The Rubber Duck Bridge Party will run in tandem with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District - a free quarterly showcase of art and entertainment.

This year's Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (September 27-October 26) features companies and artists representing a vast array of countries from The Netherlands, Quebec, Belgium, Australia, Switzerland and Nova Scotia as well as the United States. The Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, offers an eclectic mix of theater, dance, puppetry, music and visual arts handpicked from around the world. Join us for some of the most exciting new works begin created in the international contemporary performing arts and visual arts fields. Be first in line to experience art never before presented in the United States. For more information regarding the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, visit

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses "curated" by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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