New Haven International Festival Of Arts & Ideas

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews


195 Church Street, 12th Floor New Haven CT 06510 USA



Our mission is to create an internationally renowned Festival in New Haven of the highest quality with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience, celebrating and building community and advancing economic development.


We envision a flourishing city and state in which a Festival of arts and ideas plays a vital role in enriching lives and leading people to understand how their futures are intertwined.


The Festival’s staff and Board believe that the following values are central to its identity:

·        excellence in performance and leadership

·        collaboration

·        embracing diversity

·        inclusiveness – bringing people together

·        openness to new ideas, new arts, new cultures, new individuals

·        stewardship

·        integrity

 Fundamental Aspirations:

 ·       attract and present world-class artists

·        provide a wide range of artistic experiences

·        provoke the mind

·        spur economic revitalization

·        attract a diverse audience

·        involve and integrate the community

·        provide enriching experiences for the young

·        aid in the development of new works

·        support regional arts

·        create a celebratory atmosphere with lasting memories

·        showcase the riches of New Haven to visitors

·        enhance the image of New Haven and of the State of Connecticut



Each year the Festival gathers people from all over the region to hear headline concerts free on the New Haven Green.   Headline performers are chosen to reflect the great variety of cultures and individuals in our region.  In 2010 headline performances included the Blind Boys of Alabama (an African-American a capella singing group founded in 1939, winners of multiple Grammy awards); La Excelencia (a 12-piece salsa orchestra from New York City, which The New York Times described as "the real deal")' and Dan Zanes & Friends, a rock-influenced, family-oriented performing group (described by Chris Arnott of the New Haven Advocate as "an examplar of art that doesn't box itself in.")


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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

For me, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas has provided some of the most memorable performances I have ever seen and the variety of indoor and outdoor venues has been terrific as has been the variety of the performances themselves. I've been going to this event evry year since it started and enjoy it immensely. Of equal impact is the transformative nature of those two weeks in June when the City of New Haven is at its absolute best - brimming with visitors, artists, along with the local community and people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying this cornucopia of aural and visual delights. And it truly is not just Arts, but also Ideas, and last year I attended several remarkable Ideas events, most notably perhaps was the Community Poetry Project with Frank McCort, in conversation w/ Rose Styron - McCort simply entranced us and we would have gladly stayed for hours if he allowed us to do so (this Ideas event was SRO, as were others), and a dozen community members aged 14 to 80 were all remarkable reading their favorite poems and capturing us all in their varying expressive ways. New Haven truly felt like a community where the notion of ideas and openly sharing ideas was encouraged and embraced. I look forward to what the Fesival will offer up for 2010. They have set the bar high!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

performance venues and lecture halls in and around new haven

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

exposure to some types of performance arts with which I was not very familiar

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

volunteers to paid staff

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

a cultural destination to rival Spoleto

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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