Music

"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!

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.

Aaron Jafferis on (Be)longing: Personal stories provide people with a pathway to connection.

“Paying attention to folks who might feel excluded and reaching out directly, and also creating entry points for folks indirectly who we might not know are feeling excluded, that’s one...

A Summer wrap-up: Festival Life meets Anti-Internationalism

Profoundly symbolic in every way, this banner represented what all of us working in the world of festivals strive for every day: to create a pathway through the arts and humanities that brings the...

Festival 21 Video: Celebrate Your Summer

Festival 21 was the best Fest ever! Our artists, premieres, and panelists reached local, national, and global audiences, and you were here. We’re sharing the celebration with this video postcard...

More Applause for "Our Ladies": New York Times & CT Press Reviews Are In!

"Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour" has opened its Festival run in New Haven and critics and audiences are loving this "brilliant," "vibrant," "coming-of-age comedy"!

Rave Reviews for "Our Ladies" Keep Rolling In

Critics have a crush on "Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour," the National Theatre of Scotland's irresistibly irreverent new musical. The girls have been getting wildly enthusiastic reviews on their...

The Story of John Henry - According to Artists, Historians, and Neuroscientists

Why do we feel for or identify with characters? How do our neurons fire when we see the stories of others embodied? How and why could that matter today?

George Clinton on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Funk Buzz

Since announcing Festival 21 a couple of weeks ago it has been so much fun for me to walk around New Haven, show up at events, or grab a cup of coffee and hear to the reactions to everything we...

Arts & Ideas on the Air: Listen In!

Arts & Ideas Chad Herzog and Tom Griggs visited WPKN radio's Steve di Costanzo for an interview about Festival 21 and got “lost in the vinyl”.

Festival 21 In the News: Have you heard? Read all About It!

News is spreading about Festival 21! Both Joe Amarante at the New Haven Register and Chrisopher Arnott of the Hartford Courant joined us Tuesday for the season announcement member party and got...

Festival 21 is Unveiled!

Our 2016 season launched at last night’s kick off party. We’ve come of age. We’re taking our place: in our city, in our state, and on the world stage. Great art meets big ideas addressing pressing...

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