The International Festival of Arts & Ideas was founded in 1996 to gather world-class artists and thinkers from around the globe, showcasing the city and the state as a major arts destination. It was modelled after the great European arts festivals, with the underlying goal of bringing people together in one place to increase international understanding, social cohesion, and celebrate diversity.
The Festival’s 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.
For 22 years, the Festival has delighted audiences with an outstanding mix of entertaining and inspiring programs. Internationally acclaimed dance, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breath-taking circus, ground-breaking theatre and engaging speakers define the Festival as region’s premier arts and culture destination. The June Festival boasts over 170 events and at least 85% are completely free. Year-round programs include special town-hall events, a fellowship program for youth, planning and implementing mini-festivals in inner-city neighborhoods, and the Visionary Leadership Award.
Each year the Festival welcomes artists and speakers from all over the world - Angelique Kidjo, Bristol Old Vic, Handspring Puppet Company, Rosanne Cash, Little Richard, The National Theatre of Scotland, Yo-Yo Ma, Druid Theatre, Kronos Quartet, Spike Lee, and Salman Rushdie have all shared their talents and ideas. New Haven’s walkable historic downtown core and warm June weather forms the perfect backdrop for this highly accessible, international event.
MissionTo 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.
New Haven, Connecticut, USA