The International Festival of Arts & Ideas brings together the world’s performing artists and thought leaders each June in New Haven, CT. Dynamic programs feature some of the most influential dance, music, and theatre artists of our time.

For more than twenty years, the Festival has remained steadfast in its mission to bring together diverse and distinct communities through arts and ideas. 

As you probably know, our resources to pursue that mission are limited. Our ticket revenue only accounts for 8% of our total annual revenue. Public, foundation, and corporate dollars are vanishing quickly which means contributions from individuals are essential. In a time where so many are divided, I hope that you will join us in working to bring people together in a celebration of community. Your contribution will support the 2018 Festival and lay the groundwork for years to come.

Festival 2018 is Launched!

For 23 years New Haven has had the opportunity to Festival. To see our City come to life with world-class artists, thinkers,and leaders. To come together to celebrate our families, our neighbors,...

Join the Journey to Pepperland

At the 2017 Golden Globes, Donald Glover made the proclamation that the Atlanta rap trio Migos was “The Beatles of our generation.” It was an ambitious statement, one that made...

Visionary Leadership Award Reflection

Claudia Rankine sits on stage. She has just won the 8th annual Visionary Leadership Award. Speaking calmly, taking pauses only to let her words resonate more clearly, Rankine discusses her award...

Announcing Festival Co-Directors!

Tom Griggs, Chad Herzog, and Liz Fisher appointed Co-Directors of the Festival.


The late American playwright August Wilson, whose Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning play Fences premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre, is legend for his depiction of the African-American...

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