Calling all poetry lovers!
The Philly Youth Poetry Movement is hosting its second annual Dream Big Literary Arts Festival starting Feb. 17 through Feb. 20.
The festival will celebrate literacy, activism and peace; and will feature special guests such as Mayor Nutter and Philly native Black Thought from The Roots.
The Dream Big Festival is a four-day weekend to encourage and inspire youth in Philadelphia to achieve their dreams, reach academic excellence, and become leaders in their communities.
The festival will include workshops, an emcee battle, a spelling bee, poetry slam and open mic, and a day of service.
H.S. Slam League Kickoff begins Friday at The Franklin Institute with a showcase of the schools competing this year.
Black Thought will be one of several judges at the Poetry Slam at West Philly High on Saturday. That's where poets compete to become part of the youth poetry team that represents Philadelphia at Brave New Voices. Right now, PYPM has the #1 Youth Slam Team in the world.
Founded in 2006, the Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) is described like this on their website: "A volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a safe space for Philadelphia teens to discover the power of their voices through spoken word and literary expression. Founded in 2006, PYPM offers literary arts education programming for youth ages 13-19 that promotes creative expression, critical literacy, life skills, and civic engagement."
For more information about the Dream Big Festival visit www.dreambigfestival.org.