(Re)Imagine the Green

Green Programming

The New Haven Green is the beating heart of the Festival's in-person offerings, with free performances featuring both the greatest artists in the world today and the best and brightest from the regional community. The stage is built for each Festival on the historic New Haven Town Green, one of the first planned, publicly available green spaces in the country.

All events on the Green will follow COVID protocols with seating in pods, reserved in advance.

 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The Festival is excited to welcome the New Haven community and other local art-lovers back to the New Haven Green for a limited series of free, registration-only in-person events. It is also committed to centering public & staff health, well-being, and safety as it continues to prepare for Festival 2021. To this end, the Festival has developed a comprehensive safety program that complies with federal, state, and local regulations. The Festival continues to work closely with industry professionals with on-stage experience, public health experts, and with guidance from its COVID Compliance Company, Safe Set LA. If at any point federal, state, or local guidelines become stricter than the safety measures outlined in the safety plan, the Festival will adjust to whichever directives are most strict. Reservations are required for all in-person events—and the majority of the Festival’s in-person events will also be live-streamed. The Festival’s goal is to create an environment that is engaging and welcoming, and as safe as possible for everyone involved.

View Full List of COVID-19 Safety Protocols

 

POD FAQs: 

How many people can a pod accommodate?

  • A pod can accommodate up to no more than four people.

How many pods may I reserve at a time?

  • You may reserve one pod at a time.

Will there be walkup availability? 

  • Walkup accommodation is at discretion of staff and availability day-of. We suggest making reservations! 

Imagine Beginnings

Festival 2021 Opening Ceremony

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Imagine: A mini version of the whole International Festival of Arts & Ideas, complete with musical performances, talks, and a film!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Opening Night

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Our first night of events on the New Haven Green will be silky smooth, improvisational, and freeing, set to the sounds of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Community Class with Shayla Caldwell of EVIDENCE

In-Person Workshop

IN-PERSON EVENT

Participate in an all-ages, all-skill-level workshop with EVIDENCE dancer & New Haven native Shayla Caldwell.

Art & Hair Show

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

This catwalk event will feature never-before-seen hair styles set to a live performance by neo-soul talent Durand Bernarr while hairstyle innovator Shawn Jon crafts ultramodern hairstyles in real-time.

Dawn Tallman

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Dawn Tallman, The Queen of Gospel Energy, has been compared to those of many great vocalists, like Chaka Khan, Karen Wheeler and Oleta Adams, yet her style is completely & audibly her own.

Mwenso and the Shakes

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

The “wild” (PRI) troupe of multi-talents Mwenso and the Shakes throws “intense, prowling, ebullient” live gigs (New York Times) that are as much party as they are performance. Join them on the New Haven Green.

Durand Bernarr

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

A performer who “kills it all the time” (Lena Waithe), Durand Bernarr has worked with some of music's biggest legends, and his 2020 self-titled album DUR& debuted at the #1 spot on the Apple Music R&B charts.

Communal Listening Experience

IN-PERSON EVENT

Join Michael Mwenso for a Communal Listening Experience in the Festival Center.

Gospel Brunch: Kevin Monroe & Devotion with Pastor Danny Bland

with Sandra's Next Generation

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

We’re bringing the prayer and pancakes together in a jubilant moment of harmony and high-energy spiritual connection.

Darrel Walls

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Multi-Grammy-nominated Gospel songwriter and vocalist Darrel Walls brings a strong sense of rhythm and melody to the songwriting process in equal measure.

Open Mic Night

IN-PERSON

Are you a poet, spoken word artist or other type of verbal performer in need of a stage and an audience? Come out to Open Mic Night at the Festival Center for an evening of listening and being heard.

Perform At Open Mic Night

IN-PERSON EVENT

Perform at an Open Mic Night emceed by professional performing artist and mentor Influence.

The Equality of Night and Day: First Glimpse by Ronald K. Brown

IN-PERSON EVENT

Ronald K. Brown and his dance company integrate traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word, resulting in a “flexible, richly expressive and irresistibly kinetic” (The New York Times) performance style.

Perform On Make Music Day

IN-PERSON EVENT

Record tracks and/or participate in a live jam-session on our main stage with music producer Roy Studmire.

Movimiento Cultural

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

This New Haven community-based organization entertains and educates on Puerto Rico’s rich African-based folklore, music, and dance, focusing on the Bomba, an ecstatic expression of Puerto Rican tradition and culture.

Paa Kow

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Internationally acclaimed Ghanian drummer and composer Paa Kow performs on a custom, hand-carved, traditionally inspired Ghanian drum set that is the only one of its kind.

Los Pleneros de la 21

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Grammy-nominated Los Pleneros de la 21, a premier East Harlem-based ensemble, brings the sounds and sights of traditional Puerto Rican music and dance to the New Haven Green.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Performing Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"

IN-PERSON EVENT

New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster will perform a violin solo rendition of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" accompanied by four New Haven poets.

Thabisa Rich

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

New Haven performer Thabisa blends elements of African jazz, Afropop, soul, and funk in a style that is unmistakably her own.

Creating “Magical Musical Moments” with Grace Kelly

Workshop

IN-PERSON EVENT
Musicians are invited to join Grace Kelly for a workshop in the Festival Center.

Madeline Sayet and Jacob Padron in Conversation

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Madeline Sayet will discuss her work with Long Wharf Theatre's artistic director Jacob Padrón, Co-founder of the Artists' Anti-Racism Coalition and Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project.

Long Wharf Showcase

In partnership with Long Wharf Theater

IN-PERSON EVENT

A sneak peek at the Theatre's upcoming season with performances from the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange.

Grace Kelly

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Before the age of 16, Korean American singer, saxophonist, and composer Grace Kelly performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration and was a soloist with the Boston Pops. 

Taking Humor Seriously with Jennifer Munro

Workshop

IN-PERSON EVENT

In this workshop, this master comic will outline some simple but effective techniques to infuse your stories with humor, making them more memorable and successful at communicating your message.

Chillie Willie Groove Band

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

“Shake Your Body Baby” isn’t just a Chillie Willie song title, it’s a lifestyle. Chillie Willie fuses funk, rhythm and blues, soul, smooth jazz, and salsa influences into a dynamite dance floor invitation.

Ladama

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

This band features four women musicians and activists originating from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the US.

Romeo and Juliet

Elm Shakespeare Company and Ice The Beef Youth

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Youth group stars of the Elm Shakespeare Company tackle Shakespeare’s classic tragedy with the help of Ice the Beef, a Connecticut nonprofit committed to gun violence prevention.

StorySLAM

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Join us for a festival storytelling slam, where a group of curated professional performers will battle head-to-head for the title of top festival slammer.

Bassel & The Supernaturals

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Bassel Almadani brings a Syrian heart and a Chicago soul to The Supernaturals' singular, funk-inspired compositions and “captivating” (Paste) performances.

The Legend Drag Show

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Drag royalty are descending on New Haven, ready to WORK this town into a fun-filled and informative tizzy. In this legendary mainstage event, drag performers and educators will display drag performance styles across the decades