Join us on Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 7th and Spring Garden Sts. for the second annual Poe Arts Festival. This event is a ghoulishly macabre celebration of the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe, literary genius and master of mystery, as well as of the lasting inspiration he has provided for generations of artists from Philadelphia and beyond. The event will make use of the German Society's historic building to showcase Poe’s poetic legacy and imaginative flair in a variety of forms, including performances, installations, music, talks, tours and other activities. In conjunction with the German Society's Poe Arts Festival, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site will be providing free, first come, first served "haunting" literary tours of the home from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to come in Poe-inspired costumes and prizes will be awarded for the most creative! For further information visit: www.PoeArtsFestival.com
Lectures in the Library:
Paul Lewis (President, Poe Studies Association and English Professor, Boston College), Matt Murphy (Director of Tours, Eastern State Penitentiary), Jeff Jerome (Emeritus Curator, Baltimore Poe House), Robert J. Phillips (Handwriting Analyst, Vidocq Society Member)
Art and Contests in the Auditorium:
Poe-inspired Art Installation by artists: Beata Szpura, Nancy Doniger, Dave Kopka, Donna Miskend, Anna Rich, Janusz Skowron, Valerie Sokolova, Madeline Sorel, and Judith Wilde; Steampunk Sideshow, including performances by Stilt-walker, Theatrical Belly Dancer Calixta Starr, and Clown Babe MacKenzie Moltov; Iron Age Actors: Scene from George Lippard's Quaker City; Costume Contest; and Recitation of Poe’s the Raven performed by Poe himself!
Movies and Poetry in the Ratskeller:
PoeMovies: The Raven & The Cask of Amontillado & Presentations by Poetry Contest Winners/Poetry Open Mic
Exhibit “Influence of Poe on Latvian Culture” at the Latvian Society
Spectacular vendors on the Terrace by PoeHead.com, Eastern State Penitentiary, Food, Beer, and more!