2022 Festival: CONNECT

May 4 – June 26, 2022

Rethink community. Honor the Earth. Embrace your roots. Meet new neighbors. Baila en la calle. Break the fourth wall. Learn something new. Connect with the Festival, and connect it all.

Explore how artistic genres connect to one another, and how our roots intertwine across generations, planting seeds for the future even as we embody the legacies of our past. Our city and community connect us all through shared space and vital issues. The Festival embraces the multi-faceted nature of all of us by finding ways to connect performance and workshop, new skills and old, and strangers through the arts.

Festival 2022 in the news


Music

Global Jazz Sampler: Thabisa

Presented with support from Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay

Soul has never sounded as jubilant as it does with singer-songwriter Thabisa, which is no surprise given that her name quite literally means, “to bring joy.” Watch her kick off her 2022 tour here!

Global Jazz Sampler: The Guy Mintus Trio: A Gershwin Playground

Presented with support from Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay

Enjoy a romp through Gershwin and original compositions by Israeli pianist Guy Mintus and his trio.

Sun Ra Tribute Concert

In partnership with Best Video Film & Cultural Center

FREE. Travel through space on a ship flown by acolytes of Sun Ra's Arkestra in this outdoor tribute concert hosted by Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Harolyn Blackwell, Albert R. Lee, & Brian Stokes Mitchell

FREE. Kick off the 2022 in-person Festival in style with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra!

The Split Coils & Carrie Ashton

FREE. Enjoy an evening of rocking Americana on the Green.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra Young Composer Project

In partnership with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra

See the next generation of composers fill the stage with their works.

Orquesta Afinke & Alex Cuba

FREE. An evening of Latin dance on the Green

Liraz

FREE. Experience the allure of catchy electro-pop music that carries a message with Israeli-Persian singer, songwriter, actress, and cultural activist Liraz.

¡Cuba Vive! Nachito Herrera & His Havana Jazz Club

FREE. Nachito Herrera is “explosive, crowd-pleasing. rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

Arabiqa with Karim Nagi

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Karim Nagi has spent the last 30 years teaching Arab music and folk dance to audiences throughout the world.

Gospel on the Green

FREE. Get in the spirit Sunday, June 19 at the second annual Gospel on the Green.

Gregory Porter

FREE. Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter injects his passion for jazz, gospel, and blues into live performances with soul-drenched lyrics.

The Symphony Goes to the Zoo

Presented in Association with New Haven Symphony Orchestra

FREE. Meet some animals from the Beardsley Zoo and heard songs like "Flight of the Bumblebee" from the NHSO Brass Quintet. 

K. Dub & Okaidja

FREE. An evening of globe-spanning beats and flow.

MAP Entertainment Presents: Cool Breeze on the Green, an Old School Dance Party with Evelyn "Champagne" King, Manny James, DJ Diamond D, & DJ Juan Coon

FREE. Cool Breeze creates a hypnotic meld of sound in a lineup featuring a variety of soul, pop, and R&B performances. Get down and boogie!

Proyecto Cimarron & Las Cafeteras

FREE. ¡Baila! Fusing passion, energy, and dance, Las Cafeteras celebrates their Chicano heritage and showcases traditional Son Jarocho sonic stylings in their “urgent, relevant music.” (BBC)


Dance

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

CONNECTICUT PREMIERE

Virtuosic dancers perform modern, jazz, ethnic, and spiritual dances that get at the heart of the African American experience.

Dance Exchange

FREE. Spend an afternoon learning a variety of dances, from hip hop and modern to street jazz, salsa and ballet.


Comedy

Michelle Buteau

Michelle Buteau has become a household name with her powerful, honest humor about the human experience.


Theater

Felon: An American Washi Tale

Reginald Dwayne Betts explores the experience and lingering consequences of having a criminal record in a solo theater show based on his poetry collection, Felon.

Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: An Opera by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon

Co-presented with the Yale Schwarzman Center

This fully staged opera created by Toshi Reagan in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, brings together more than 30 original anthems drawn from 200 years of black music to recreate Butler’s sci-fi, Afrofuturist masterpiece.

Capsule

Co-presented by Long Wharf Theatre

FREE. Inspired by the past few years, this work-in-progress showcase features original songs written and created by Obie-award winner Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall. The piece is a kaleidoscopic reflection on isolation and longing, about breaking apart and breaking free, the nature of connection and the importance of community.

Exploring Chinese Art Song with Noah Fang

Yale-China Fellow

FREE. Noah Fang is an ethnomusicologist who studies traditional Chinese musical forms and is a musician himself. A 2022 Yale-China Arts Fellow at the Festival, Fang with mezzo soprano Ying Li will present a lecture-recital that illustrates the rich cultural history of Chinese Art Song.


Ideas

These interactive events and conversations with vital thinkers delve into the most pressing topics in New Haven’s community and beyond. Ideas talks are FREE and open to the public. Ensure your seat with an Ideas fast pass–$20 per event or $100 for the full series. More info on fast passes to be added soon!

The History of Graffiti

Virtual Event

FREE. A conversation with James Top, CEO of The Odd Partners Graffiti Crew and New Haven's Director of Cultural Affairs Adriane Jefferson.

Women Navigating the New Normal: Exploring Prison Re-Entry

Virtual Event

FREE. An honest discussion about the difficulties women face when returning home after prison, between Babz Rawls-Ivy and Tiheba Bain, who have been through the experience.

Un(Re)solved Talk

Virtual Event

FREE. In this virtual event, director and immersive artist Tamara Shogaolu, the creator of Un(re)solved, will discuss the installation in conversation with artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris.

Communities of Care: Love & Social Justice

Andrea Jenkins in Conversation

FREE. Hear from Andrea Jenkins, the nation's first out Black trans person elected to office, on love, social justice, and activism.

New Haven Pride Center Day of Action on Racial Justice

In partnership with the New Haven Pride Center

FREE. This mini-conference will directly combat racism in the LGBTQ+ community through discussion, group learning, performances, and artistic perspectives that address the diverse needs and struggles of LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

The Passage: A Research Podcast Project on Identity, Dreams, Age & Race

Virtual Event with HKETONY Arts activator Fellow Hollis Ngai

FREE. A 2022 HKETONY Arts Activator Fellow at the Festival, Hollis Ngai interweaves interviews, stories, and memories into a podcast that presents a fresh perspective on cultural identities, the American dream, hopes, and race in New Haven.

Cultivating Community through Business Entrepreneurship

FREE. Business entrepreneurs Alisha Crutchfield-McLean, founder and owner of BLOOM, Jason Sobocinski, founder and owner of Black Hog Brewing Company, and  New Haven’s newest lifestyle hub, unite for a seminar on how to build a brand and connect with community.

The Age of Humans

FREE. Learn how humans, art, and biology intersect in this talk with pioneering bio artist Suzanne Anker.

Shawn Taylor: The Power of Fandom for Radical Change

FREE. American troubadour Shawn Taylor draws from his expertise in mythology, theater, and pop culture to discuss fandom that radicalizes for change.

The Wisdom in Fashion

Film Screening

FREE. A film screening with Jamaican designer Neville Wisdom, whose self-titled clothing boutique in New Haven has become a local favorite.

Designing Looks & Wearing Culture

A Conversation with Neville Wisdom and Prajje Oscar

FREE. A panel with Neville Wisdom and Prajje Oscar in conversation with Aaron Peirano Garrison on fashion and identity. 

Black Food with Bryant Terry

FREE. Critically acclaimed author, chef, and food justice activist Bryant Terry discusses his 2022 James Beard nominated books Vegetable Kingdom and Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora with food justice activist Tagan Engel.

Beyond the Surface: Art & Medical Observation

FREE. How can doctors better serve patients from within challenging systems while our basic understandings of human complexity expands? This interdisciplinary celebrates the true art of medicine — seeing patients — spanning topics of misdiagnosis, LGBTQ+ health, medical teaching, and what the arts and humanities have to do with helping clinicians learn to see beyond the surface.

The Power of Choice in Climate Change

FREE. Paul Greenberg will be talking about the future of our oceans and how we can make changes to help the environment.

Laughing Matters with Funny Asian Women Kollective

FREE. Funny Asian Women Kollective (FAWK) combats the invisibility and dehumanization of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) women using humor and comedy.

The Category Is: BALLROOM

A History of Ballroom

FREE. Strike a pose! Drag performer and Beyoncé impersonator Miss Shalae and ball performer Aishah “Spyder” Murray discuss the roots of ball culture.

El pueblo unido: Voces en activismo latino

Voices in Latinx Activism

GRATIS. Aprende acerca de las voces del activismo latino de la mano de la consumada activista de derechos civiles y organizadora comunitaria Dolores Huerta, fundadora y presidenta de la Dolores Huerta Foundation, en El Pueblo Unido en conversación con Camila Güiza-Chavez, co-directora ejecutiva de Heavenly Treats y miembro de Semilla Collective.

El Hogar que Cargamos: Inmigración y Cultura

GRATIS. Se parte de un seminario en español sobre inmigración narrado a través de la música en The Home We Carry: Immigration and Culture, presentado por la banda Las Cafeteras y la vicepresidenta de iniciativas del Vera Institute of Justice Kica Matos.


Fashion

Cristina Ruales Fashion Workshop

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Learn the ins and outs of fashion design in this hands-on workshop with renowned designer Cristina Ruales.

ICONIC Connections Fashion Expo

High fashion meets the Festival in this premiere catwalk event featuring Project Runway's Prajjé Oscar, Neville Wisdom, Ng2 Studios, LaMoo Designs, and Isalina Sanchez.


Food

We partner with local restaurants to give you unique, exciting cooking classes, tastings, tours, and more! 

&Beer Launch Party at Black Hog Brewing

In delicious partnership with Black Hog Brewing Company

FREE. Savor a sneak peak of our new, limited edition Festival beer- &Beer while mingling with artists and enjoying the flavors of summer at Black Hog Brewing.

Grand Avenue Gastronomy Tour with Lee Cruz

Presented with Chatham Square Neighborhood Association

Sample the cuisines of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico at Fair Haven restaurants while exploring the neighborhood’s eclectic history with Lee Cruz, founder of the CSNA.

BeerFest!

Raise a pint on the Green and enjoy a variety of beer from more than 20 local breweries, including Black Hog Brewing, Back East Brewing Company, Milford Point Brewery, Alvarium, Armada, NEBCO, and more.

Long Table Dinner: Food, Fellowship & Stories

Celebrate food and fellowship among friends and family with music by singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch; stories from Mark Scerra, ChaChanna Simpson, and Laconia Therrio about human commonality; and nourishment from Soul de Cuba Cafe, Olea, Claire’s CornerCopia, and Olmo Kitchen.

Infusion Cocktails with House of Naan & Pataka

Sip, sip, hooray! Sample small bites from fast-casual vegan and vegetarian Indian restaurant Pataka while flavor masters from modern Indian kitchen House of Naan teach home bartenders to take their craft to the next level by adding pops of flavor to their cocktails.

CT Food Launchpad Expo

FREE. Spice up your dishes with a little something extra from local culinary masterminds and fall in love with a variety of flavors at the CT Food Launchpad Expo.

Recipes from the Oldest Cookbooks in the World

In partnership with the Peabody Museum, Sanctuary Kitchen, & RAWA

The Peabody Museum, home of the world-famous Babylonian Collection of over 45,000 artifacts, showcases 3D replicas of 4,000 year old Babylonian recipe tablets while you dine on dishes cooked according to these very same recipes by chefs from Sanctuary Kitchen.

Pan Asian Fusion with Blue Orchid

Discover the many flavors of Asia with Michael Flora and Natthawut Tipjak of Blue Orchid, who will serve dishes that showcase curries, spices, and textures from throughout Asia, including its New Haven famous Khao Soi.

Brunch at Pistachio

Let there be brunch! Join us at Westville’s gem of a coffee shop Pistachio for a brunch featuring a variety of Syrian dishes, from cardamom-infused brews to flaky, favorful baklava.

Cocktail & Oyster Kayak Tour of the Quinnipiac River

Kayak from Dover Beach launch along the Quinnipiac River, discovering oyster farms and birdwatching spots along the way. Then stop at Fair Haven Oyster Company, where you’ll sample local oysters and sip tasty drinks.


Public Art

Un(re)solved

FREE. Who are the men, women and children whose cases were re-examined under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act? The Un(re)solved installation uses augmented-reality, mixing art and technology with investigative journalism, to investigate racist civil rights-era killings and right wrongs of our country’s past.


Tours

Boat, bike, or walk a new path in New Haven in these guided tours. 

Libraries of New Haven

Presented by Elm City Cycling

FREE. How many different kind of libraries can one city have? 

Exploring Westville

Westville Village Renaissance Alliance

FREE. Throughout the last several years, Westville Village has been expanding with new restaurants, a variety of quaint shops, and unique galleries.

The Adopted Flavors of New Haven

Presented by Elm City Cycling

FREE. Culturally diverse and teeming with flavor, New Haven soaks up the cuisines of its population.

Connecting Community to the River's Natural Resources

FREE. Take a guided walking tour of the Mill River Trail with Steve Hamm, local filmmaker and creator of Mill River’s documentary, ""A River Speaks.""

Shoreline Greenway

Presented by Elm City Cycling

FREE. Ever wish there was a way to travel Eastward on the shoreline by bike?

Sports New Haven Style

with Elm City Cycling

FREE. There are a million and one ways to get exercise, why not explore a few of the interesting sports New Haven has to offer?

Preserving Palestinian History & Culture

FREE. Explore the Palestinian experience and cultural and artistic achievements through this guided tour of the Palestine Museum with its founder Faisal Saleh.

Scientist-led Tour of New Haven Museum exhibition “The Quantum Revolution: Handcrafted in New Haven” 

In partnership with the Yale Quantum Institute

FREE. Join quantum scientist and New Haven Museum guest curator Florian Carle for a tour of his exhibition to discover how quantum computers were handcrafted in New Haven by generations of researchers.

Bibliophilia & Taphophilia for a Quasquibicentennial

In partnership with the Yale Beinecke Library

THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Lost in New Haven

FREE. Remember the old Anchor neon sign, or the Rubber Match’s distinctive fonts? These iconic New Haven artifacts aren’t lost forever!

Super Moon Paddle Tour

In Partnership with the New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

The supermoon, or Strawberry Moon, will light up the sky, and you can experience it firsthand from a kayak!

Island Yoga

with Friends of Outer Island

Join a relaxing and reflective morning yoga session on Outer Island National Wildlife Refuge located in the Thimble Islands of Branford. Bring your own mat! 

Historic Bridges of New Haven

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. We’ll get an inside perspective on what it takes to maintain New Haven's bridges, and how decisions to rebuild them are made with the recently re-opened Grand Avenue Bridge as a model of successful city planning.

Tapping the Possibilities

In partnership with the Regional Water Authority

FREE. Learn how an element as seemingly simple as water can have a major impact on the community by touring an innovative water treatment plant.

America’s Oldest Agricultural Experiment Station

FREE. Established in 1875, this is the oldest agricultural experiment station in the country and is still in use by researchers studying mosquitos, invasive aquatic plants, ticks, and soil, among other agricultural issues.

From Canal to Railroad to Greenway: Celebrating 200 Years of History on the Farmington Canal

FREE. Celebrate 200 years of history at the Farmington Canal, which dates back to the early 19th century.

Canoe West River

In partnership with New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

This expedition will follow the 14-mile West River, a freshwater stream that flows through Bethany, Woodbridge, New Haven, and West Haven before ending at Haven Harbor.

Canoe Mill River

In partnership with the New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

A roundtrip water excursion along the historic 3-mile Mill River.

Celluloid New Haven

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. New Haven has had a colorful role as the backdrop to many movies.

Riding on Mixed Surfaces

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. New Haven has its share of mixed surfaces often creating a challenge for even the most seasoned rider.

New Haven's Closet: 400 years of Queer History in the Elm City

FREE. Walking tour among New Haven's nine squares that reveals the region's hidden queer history.

Juneteenth Ride

Presented by Black & Brown Soul Cyclists

FREE. Focusing on New Haven’s foundational history of Black creativity and innovation, this ride takes bikers through key historical landmarks.

A Walk with Handsome Dan

In partnership with the Yale Visitor Center

FREE. Yale University mascot Handsome Dan XIX is excited to take YOU for a walk on a tour of Yale’s campus...from a bulldog’s point of view.

Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboard

with New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

Awaken your balance and core muscles in this structured class.

Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga

with New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

A Natural and Cultural Journey: Outer Island National Wildlife Refuge

Presented by Friends of Outer Island

Visit Outer Island National Wildlife Refuge, the only public island in the famous Thimble Islands of Branford, Connecticut.

Your Passport to City Parks

with Elm City Cycling

FREE. Granite rubbing stones are scattered throughout New Haven Parks.

Growing Together! Gather New Haven's Urban Farm Tour

FREE. Gather New Haven will discuss the seasonal production cycle of the Ferry Street urban Farm along with the programs that the farm supports.

District New Haven

FREE. Tour the vibrant ecosystem within District New Haven.

New Haven's History through the Meetinghouse & Crypt Presented by New Haven Crypt

In partnership with the New Haven Crypt Association

FREE. In 2012, a tree toppled by Hurricane Sandy led to the discovery of the Colonial burial ground.

East Coast Greenway South

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. Travel South on the East Coast Greenway to Silver Sands State Park in Milford.

Wheel of Fortune

with Elm City Cycling

FREE. Let fate and trivia decide the ride.

Historic City Point: A Hidden Gem on the New Haven Waterfront

In partnership with the New Haven Preservation Trust

FREE. Trace the City Point Historic District’s evolution from a 19th-century oystering village to a hidden beauty packed with charm on New Haven’s modern waterfront.

Jaigantic Studios Tour

FREE. Go behind the scenes and learn how to make movie magic during this tour of Black-owned and operated Jaigantic Studios.

Jazz Orbit – A Mobile Music Platform & Encounter

An initiative developed by Waillis Lee, Yale China Fellow

FREE. A mobile music and relationship-building ride to bring joy to the New Haven community.

Screening: A River Speaks by Steve Hamm

FREE. A River Speaks is a beautiful, deeply bioregional film that weaves together the human and natural history of a watershed.

NXT Stop: NXTHVN

In partnership with NXTHVN

FREE. A gallery space and creative hub nestled in the heart of New Haven, NXTHVN is devoted to intergenerational mentorship, collaboration, and incubation.

East Coast Greenway / Farmington Canal Trail North

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. Travel North from New Haven to Cheshire and learn about plans to connect the former rail trail to Northampton, Massachussetts.


Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free (two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation). The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order; but with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Juneteenth: Full Circle

FREE. Celebrate Liberation Day with the Festival in this concert highlighting jazz and the internationally recognized Jesse "Cheese" Hameen.

Elder Honoring Ceremony

FREE. The Elder Honoring is an annual tradition and trademark of the Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven.

Juneteenth Village

FREE. The Juneteenth Village, represented by vendors in that section of the Green, symbolizes thriving towns like Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, often referred to as "Black Wall Street".


Kids

These events, designed for our youngest Festival attendees, are fun for the whole family! 

Peabody Museum Presents: Dinos to Birds

FREE. Watch the Green turn into a museum as staff from the Peabody showcase the four-billion-year intertwined evolution of dinosaurs and birds in an interactive exhibit featuring fossils, bones, feathers; and other artifacts.

Recycled Reflections: Collage Art Made For & From the Community with Faustin Adeniran

In Collaboration with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Learn collage with Faustin Adeniran, a contemporary sculptor from Lagos, Nigeria, now working in New Haven. You’ll use newspapers, cardboard, cans, and other items to create treasure from trash in this session.

Huneebee Project – Native Bee Hotel Making Workshop

FREE. Give bees a place to sleep and hear what all the buzz is all about from the Huneebee Project, who will teach us how to make hotels for native bees.

CANning Hunger with Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

FREE. View team-built sculptures that use cans to raise awareness about our shared connection to food and the issues around hunger and food scarcity in our community.

Sirius Coyote Music and Sounds of the Americas Music

with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Travel across North America with Sirius Coyote, whose traditional, contemporary world music is renowned for its upbeat rhythm featuring guitar, sax, clarinet, flutes, kalimbas, drums, keyboards, ocarinas and a variety of other eclectic instruments made from materials found in nature.

Peabody Museum Presents: Drawing on Nature

FREE. Sharpen your pencils and get close to nature in this figure drawing session. Drop in and draw inspiration from butterflies, bird feathers, seashells, and other natural materials as staff from the Peabody guides participants in creating masterpieces worthy of Audubon.

Arabiqa with Karim Nagi

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Karim Nagi has spent the last 30 years teaching Arab music and folk dance to audiences throughout the world.

Cristina Ruales Fashion Workshop

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Learn the ins and outs of fashion design in this hands-on workshop with renowned designer Cristina Ruales.

Storytelling at the Cross Roads

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. In this captivating storytelling event for kids, award-winning storyteller and mime Antonio Rocha showcases stories from around the world with character movements, sound effects and voices.

Masem Enyong West African Dance Workshop

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Eli Whitney Museum Presents Marbles in Motion

FREE. Staff from the Eli Whitney Museum will show how we can use marbles to learn about our world in a community-built marble run as well as with take-home kits.

Mario the Maker Magician

FREE. Mario the Maker Magician has appeared on Sesame Street, NBC’s Universal Kids, and HGTV, and has toured with illusionist David Blaine, who called him “the best kids’ magician in the world.”

Air Temple Arts: Steal the Stars

FREE. When the court of the moon is invaded by ruffians, and the stars are stolen out of the sky, the queen of the night sets out to find out why in this circus showcase.

Air Temple Arts: Intro to Circus

FREE. Air Temple Arts performers will teach fundamental circus skills like partner acrobatics, weight sharing, learning how to base and fly simple poses, and more—suitable for all ages and bodies!


Drag

DRAGtastic Journey

In partnership with the New Haven Pride Center

FREE. Get ready to WORK and SLAY on the DRAGtastic Journey featuring some of New Haven’s local drag royalty!


One City, One Read

Join the Festival, the New Haven Free Public Library, the Yale Schwarzman Center and partners across the city in celebrating the magnificent work of Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower as One City, One Read. Featuring events citywide inspired by and related to the core themes and values of Parable, there will be something for everyone: from performances and screenings to lectures, panels, and guided discussions.

Find a Book Club in New Haven!

Dig deeper into Parable of the Sower with fellow readers from across the city.

New Haven Free Public Library Parable Film Festival

In Partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library

FREE. The NHFPL will be featuring screenings in every branch!

Film Screening: Zerzura

In partnership with Best Video & Sahel Sounds

FREE. Watch a hero's journey unfold in this African acid western with an introduction by the film's director.

Sun Ra Tribute Concert

In partnership with Best Video Film & Cultural Center

FREE. Travel through space on a ship flown by acolytes of Sun Ra's Arkestra in this outdoor tribute concert hosted by Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

Film Screening: Space is the Place (1974)

In partnership with Best Video Film & Cultural Center

FREE. Transport yourself to an out-of-this-world experience for an outdoor screening of the Afrofutusim sci-fi film Space Is The Place (1974) at the Spring Glen United Methodist Church. BYOChair! 

NHFPL Presents: One City, One Read Explores Science Fiction: A Night with Tochi Onyebuchi

An author talk presented by the New Haven Free Public Library

FREE. Hear local, best-selling science fiction author Tochi Onyebuchi speak in this library event.

Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: An Opera by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon

Co-presented with the Yale Schwarzman Center

This fully staged opera created by Toshi Reagan in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, brings together more than 30 original anthems drawn from 200 years of black music to recreate Butler’s sci-fi, Afrofuturist masterpiece.

Youth Programs

FREE. One City, One Read includes teens and kids too!

Find a Copy of PARABLE OF THE SOWER

Just some of the places you can find a copy of PARABLE in the Elm City


Stories

Hear the power of the spoken word through poetry, storytelling, slam, and more in these events.

WordFest Youth Poetry Slam Finals

Co-presented with the Word

FREE. See rising stars of the spoken word world and cheer on the next generation of poets.

WordFest Invitational Poetry Slam

In partnership with the Word

Returning to the Festival with a $1000 prize at stake, WordFest brings together a number of the Northeast’s hottest slam poets in heated competition. 

Historias inmigrantes con Nestor Gomez

Un evento en español

GRATIS. Néstor “The Boss” Gomez trae las historias de inmigrantes y refugiados de todo el mundo en su espectáculo de narración de cuentos 80 Minutes Around The World.

Story Workshop with Nestor Gomez

FREE. Learn how to craft engaging stories with veteran storyteller Nestor Gomez, three-time Chicago Grand Slam Champion and author of Your Driver Has Arrived

Stir the Style: A Storytelling Mashup

Storytellers Nestor Gomez, Shawn Taylor, Nick Baskerville, Terry Wolfisch Cole, and Motoko Dworkin will take the stage for 10-minute performances, each bookended by the indie folk stylings of musical guest Lys Guillorn.

A Funny Thing Happened the Other Day: Comedy Workshop with Nick Baskerville

Nick Baskerville’s elaborate stories intertwine humor with legacy and memories to generate an experience centered on creating deep-rooted human connections.

Pecha Kucha

How much can you share in 20 slides, 20 seconds each?

How much can you share in 20 slides, 20 seconds each? In PechaKucha, performers tell a story on a subject of their choosing in a unique presentational format.

SheSpeak

In this interactive storytelling event featuring SheSpeak, a collaborative of creative women from throughout Connecticut, audience members will share a personal story inspired by the theme of “connection.”


High School Fellows

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas High School Fellowship Program offers New Haven public school sophomores, juniors, and seniors a unique, fully funded opportunity to learn about the arts in a semester-long college level course that immerses them in all things Festival.

High School Fellows Graduation Ceremony

FREE. Congratulations to our 2022 High School Fellows!


Neighborhood Festivals

Neighborhood Festival Committees, local arts and business partners, and Festival staff and volunteers host local talent for one-day festivals celebrating New Haven's historic and culturally rich neighborhoods. These festivals would not be possible without the incredible leadership of each neighborhood's committee chairs.

Fair Haven

FREE. This Neighborhood Festival is organized for, of, and by Fair Haveners!

The Hill

FREE. All roads lead to the Hill- and to an amazing Neighborhood Festival! See musician Manny James, Bridgeport-based rapper Famous, multitalented artist Nbs Malay, the incredible Donny Wright and the InnerVizion Band, and more.

Newhallville

FREE. This Neighborhood Festival is organized for, of, and by folks from Newhallville!

West Rock/West Hills

FREE. This Neighborhood Festival is for, of, and by folks from West Rock & West Hills!

Dixwell

Celebrating Stetson Branch Library

FREE. This Neighborhood Festival is for, of, and by the people of Dixwell!