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AMERICAN CUISINE, NEW ENGLAND CUISINE, NEW HAVEN CUISINE

Paul Freedman, author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America shares a history of American eating preferences and how we got to where we are. From New England’s culinary identity created by the...

We thought it was about the economy?

Since the inauguration, we've seen executive orders on immigration, controversies surrounding Russia, and tweets about crowd size and wire tapping. But hold on—wasn't it supposed to be about the...

A CONVERSATION WITH TAYLOR MAC AND BASSEM YOUSSEF

One is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, and producer. “A critical darling of the New York scene” (NY Magazine), TimeOut NY has called Mac, “One of the most...

Cheers to our Festival Volunteers!

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who give so generously of their time to make the Festival a success for all!

Learn more about Volunteering at the Festival and submit a 2018...

"Festival" is a verb.

We know it; you showed it. Thank you - to our audiences, artists, thinkers, volunteers, and staff - for making Arts & Ideas the "Crown Jewel" of the arts in Connecticut!

Human Library Sparks Dialogue Between Diverse Community Members

Sociologists Billy Bromage and Virginia Spell have worked with Arts & Ideas to coordinate a Human Library event on the New Haven Green.

Gospel Fest: Soul Stirring Music and the Woman Behind It All

Every community has its ray of light, its mother, the person to whom they look up to for faith and for hope, the New Haven community has Ms. Mae Gibson-Brown.

A Closer Look: Whitman, Melville, Dickinson - Passions of Bloom

Conguring three mammoth literary ghosts when their freedom of expression may be most needed, and most imperiled.

Hanan Hameen Leads Free to Dance Workshop on Juneteenth

Deeply rooted within Hameen’s soul is an artist who praises her history through her art, movement and teachings

Tim Snyder: On Tyranny

Author Tim Snyder discusses his guide to identifying and understanding the frightening parallels between our current reality and that of 20th century Europeans.

Festival Fellows Meet Composer and Singer Amir Alan Vahab

Amir, a celebrated composer and singer of Sufi and folk music, brought in some of his native Persian instruments as well as his vast knowledge and insight into many different musical...

We are building the Keybank Stage on the New Haven Green!

Doug Harry (Festival Production Manager) and Rebecca Bombero (Director of Parks, Recreation & Trees for New Haven) give a sneak peak of the construction of the Key Bank Stage on the New Haven...

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