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Each November in Philadelphia, life becomes art when internationally renowned artists and everyday people take to stages across the city to tell their real life stories. From storytelling, to food events, workshops, and more, the one-of-a-kind First Person Arts Festival is the perfect spot for a fun and entertaining time out with friends, and an an arts experience worth telling your own stories about.

Our 14th Annual First Person Arts Festival took place Nov. 4-15, 2015 and featured celebrity musicians Bilal and Freeway, Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate, Sonia Sanchez, popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and more.

Past Festival artists also include Toni Morrison, Janeane Garofalo, Talib Kweli, Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Angela Davis, and lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip Bailey.

To receive information about the 15th Annual First Person Arts Festival (Nov. 2016), sign up here.

Click here to view the 2015 Festival brochure online.

Special thanks to our 2015 Festival Sponsors:

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Upcoming Events
  • 16th Season Grand Slam
  • Date: May 12, 2016
  • Time: Doors at 7PM, Slam at 8PM
  • Venue: World Cafe Live
  • Location: 3025 Walnut St.
  • Portrait of Self Workshop
  • Date: June 20, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
  • Venue: Da Vinci Art Alliance
  • Location: 704 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147