The 215 Literary Arts Festival Returns After A Two-Year Absence, Landing In Callowhill November 1-4

There’s a new event on the fall festival circuit this year, the revitalized 215 Festival, hitting Callowhill November 1-4.

Founded in Philadelphia in 2001 and returning after a two-year absence, the 215 Festival is a celebration of the written, spoken and visualized word.

Sponsored by and Philly Homegrown, this year’s 215 Festival is curated by Philebrity in partnership with Mural Arts, WXPN, the Free Library, Next American City, Mighty Writers and Shindig.

Headliners include authors John Hodgman, Buzz Bissinger, Jon Roson and J. Robert Lennon, as well as performers like John Wesley Harding, Alec Ounsworth, This American Life’s Starlee Kine and stars of Philly’s burgeoning new comedy scene Doogie Horner and Juliet Hope Wayne.

But that’s not all. For the 2012 resurrection of the fest, Mural Arts has created the Mural Arts Mobile Campfire, a light installation/glowing orb designed to mimic a campire’s glow, around which author readings will be staged.

Other non-traditional happenings include a yoga class with noted humorist/215 godfather Neal Pollack, Literary Speed Dating, a Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party, Lovingly Bound Book & Record Fair and a full day of YA Lit programming.

Where’s it all going down? Venues include Underground Arts, PhilaMOCA, Vox Populi, The Trestle Inn and more spots in the “Eraserhood” neighborhood.

Opening Night is this Thursday, November 1, 9 p.m. at Underground Arts, a Balkan Party with the West Philadelphia Orchestra. And it’s non-stop from then on.

We’re pumped for the return of the 215 Festival, and what it represents: Philadelphia creativity uniting and breeding local talent.

Check out the full festival schedule online.

215 Festival 2012 — Back after a two-year hiatus!
When: November 1-4
Where: Callowhill neighborhood
Cost: Varies by event
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