New Haven International Festival Of Arts & Ideas

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Arts & Culture


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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