The Pygmalion Festival started out simply: a music festival that took place in a wide variety of small venues and clubs in Champaign-Urbana, spread throughout both cities and on the campus of the University of Illinois. Please do check out our history to see who has performed over the past decade.

Now, in our tenth year, The Pygmalion Festival is growing. We’re expanding the scope of the event into a longer weekend, fewer stages, even more relevant artists, more accomplished authors, a lit crawl, a book fair, double the craft vendors at The Made Fest, community engagement, charitable efforts, unique restaurant partnerships, and with an eye towards a Tech Conference in 2015.

We’re excited you’ve stopped by our internet home on your web browser. Yes! The web browser! That was developed and made functional as a result of work that took place right here in Champaign-Urbana.

We promise, this is one of the more inviting and intimate festivals you will ever happen upon. Join us this September, won’t you?

Any questions at all? We’re glad to answer them:

 The Pygmalion Literary Festival

The Pygmalion Literary Festival was founded in 2013 thanks to the vision and the generous support of the University of Illinois’ award winning literary journal, Ninth Letter. Our goal today is the same as it was one year ago: to feature a diverse cross-section of established and emerging authors for The Pygmalion Festival audience in fun, approachable venues throughout Champaign-Urbana at no charge. In our second year, we’re proud to present a group of acclaimed authors whose contributions have been recognized by establishments such as the Lambda Literary Foundation, the NAACP, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters, to name a few. But the authors who appear as part of the Lit Fest are more than the awards they have won or the recognition they have received — they are writers whose work represents some of the most exciting and engaging in publication today.

We look forward to seeing you come September. This is going to be fun.