The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a year-round organization that culminates in an extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven, Connecticut each June.

Welcome to YOUR Festival

There’s so much to experience. We hope you are empowered through the rhythms of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, healed through the communal music of (Be)longing, and surprised by our international premieres from China, cutting-edge, retro-tech experiences of Manual Cinema, and LEO’s gravity defying theatrics! Add to that more than a dozen new performances and experiences in ALTAR’d Spaces surrounding the New Haven Green, the Big Read, The Wailers and Rusted Root, and SO much more.

Festival Countdown: 15 days!

FIFTEEN DAYS until the Festival, and we only have 15 seconds to share ALL of our Ideas Events with you. Get your IDEAS FAST PASS today to be sure you don’t miss a thing!

A Closer Look: Camille A. Brown & Dancers' BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

"sneaker-stomping...so elastic, so intricate that the sense of candence and rythm is as visual an experience as it is an aural one."- The New York Times

It's 20 days until the start of Festival 2017!

There are only 20 days until the start of Festival 2017 and Chad Herzog, our Programming Director, is here to tell you all about our signature headline concert series in 20 seconds.

25 days until Festival 2017

25 Days. TWENTY FIVE until new programs start at Festival 2017. Chad's back with an even faster countdown to introduce our ALTAR's Spaces performance series.

Festival Fellow Blog: Activate (Be)longing

Hi! We are the 2017 Fellows at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. We are a group of 12 (not counting our lovely teacher Sarah Sherban) from all through New Haven. We are banded together...


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