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Life becomes art each November in Philadelphia when renowned artists and everyday people take to stages across the city to tell their real life stories. Through storytelling, dance, puppetry, theater, 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 arts experience worth telling your own stories about.

Our 15th Anniversary First Person Arts Festival features:






Plus! The premiere of Commonspace, a new collaboration with WHYY, which has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, new works from emerging artists, the return of the Grand Slam, and more.



Photo credits: Ntozake Shange by Adger Cowans; Dave Hill by Mindy Tucker; Ky Mettler by Erika Lee Vonie; Yolanda Wisher smiling by Mark Palacio; Yolanda Wisher in doorway by Ryan Collerd; Paul Zaloom courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Tricks or Treats
  • Date: October 25, 2016
  • Time: Doos at 7:30PM, Slam at 8:30PM
  • Venue: L'Etage
  • Location: 624 S. 6th St.
  • Culture in the Courtyard
  • Date: October 26, 2016
  • Time: 12PM
  • Venue: City Hall Courtyard
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA