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.

On NPR: The message of (Be)longing began with the voices of Blacksburg

'(Be)longing' Explores Gun Violence, 10 Years After Virginia Tech Shooting

“Big Read” Takes Up Immigration

By Lucy Gellman, New Haven Independent

New Haven Register Announces Festival 2017

The newly unveiled June schedule includes a first-time reggae headline concert and a hip-hop oratorio prompted by the Virginia Tech and Newtown tragedies.

June is Festival Month!

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...

Fellows Enroll at Gateway College as new Festival Partnership Launches

Our annual Fellowship Program for high school students now offers college credits.


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