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We're Going Virtual!

Co-Directors Liz Fisher and Tom Griggs share the Festival's re-imagined 25th anniversary programming. Starting in just a few weeks, you'll be invited to interact online with Ideas speakers who are...

New Haven Heroes

As we continue to adapt to social isolation, the Festival strives to maintain hope and positivity. Today, we are recognizing four New Haven Heroes who are going above and beyond to help our community...

New Haven Heroes

In these times of social isolation, we appreciate the “helpers" in society more than ever. New Haven is home to the passionate and the compassionate, and as we look for ways to get through the days...

George Takei and Byron Au Yong in Conversation

In this talk, from our 10th Annual Visionary Leadership Award, George Takei, the pioneering actor, social media superstar, Grammy-nominated recording artist, and New York Times bestselling author is...

From Our Couches to Yours: 4 live shows to watch from home this holiday season

If you are a fan of live shows and performance art who is reluctantly saying “I’d rather stay in," here is the official staff list of best live shows that you can stream right to your living room.

Bittersweet News From Our Codirectors

Tom and Liz have decided to lead a two-year plan to ensure a smooth transition of new Festival leadership as they prepare to retire in 2021.

What Mole Rats Have to do with Gender Identity: The Poetry of Stephanie Burt

We talked with poet Stephanie Burt--our 2020 Big Read selection--about how science fiction led her to poetry and her kinship with Mr. Spock.

Let's Make a Dance!

Always dreamed of being onstage? Here’s your shot! 

Do you tap your feet when a good song comes on? Did you perform in school plays? Do you dance around your kitchen? Whether you're a foot-tapper or...

Our New Director of Programming

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas welcomes Bobby Asher!


Join Yale-China Arts Fellows Sarah Xiao (dance) and Nicole Pun (visual art) as they share how their residency in New Haven has shaped their art.

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Improved resilience and health. Enhanced ability to manage stress and anxiety. Through mindful awareness, we can avoid being on “auto-pilot,” and more often consciously choose how we live. And there...

Data Driven Sound

In a lively talk moderated by Nicole Merritt, musicians Kaki King, Spencer Topel, and Jay Alan Zimmerman share how they are using data not just to make sounds but to see and experience music. Kaki...