Save The Date: The First Person Arts Festival Returns November 6-16, Featuring More Live Performances In Storytelling, Dance And Theater

Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez is just one speaker not to miss during the First Person Arts Festival this November. (Photo by Erika Vonie)

November is story time in Philadelphia.

Now in its 12th year, the First Person Arts Festival, the only festival of its kind in the world, is a celebration of real life.

Artists and everyday people from both Philadelphia and across the entire country take part in the annual event, First Person Arts’ flagship festival of memoir and documentary art, sharing their stories and experiences.

Over 11 days at multiple venues, the festival includes documentary film premieres, foodie events, live performances, workshops with artists, author readings, art exhibits, and many special celebrations.

Highlights of this year’s festival, perhaps the most ambitious to date, include such highlights as an evening with Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison, alongside Sonia Sanchez, Rita Dove, and Ruth Naomi Floyd. Plus, look for events with master storyteller Mike Daisey, the return of Kevin Allison’s RISK!, and a night with drag diva Martha Graham Cracker.

And that’s only the beginning.

The First Person Festival hub is the Christ Church Neighborhood House, but other venues include the Painted Bride Art Center, Drexel University and the Independence Seaport Museum.

Ticket information is available online, and you can check out a full event calendar.

Stay tuned for more on this celebration of the spoken word.

12th Annual First Person Arts Festival
When: November 6-16
Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House and other venues throughout Philadelphia
Cost: Prices range from free to $125 (most are $15); groups of 10 or more save 15% on tickets
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