From the Festival Staff

A Closer Look: Camille A. Brown & Dancers' BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

" elastic, so intricate that the sense of candence and rythm is as visual an experience as it is an aural one."- The New York Times

We're Getting Hungry for Restaurant Week

Check out these Festival Staff Picks ahead of the festivities Oct 30 - Nov 4.

One Paper, Many Moments - Alex Ripp, Ideas Program Manager

Every time I look at the large sheet of paper still hanging on my office wall, different memories spill into my consciousness, but today, these are the ones that surface.

Thank you for being part of the extraordinary experience that was Festival 21!

Save the dates for Festival 22!

Finding Peace in Movement and Adventures in Stillness: An Interview with Pico Iyer

As previously mentioned on this blog, I am a podcast junkie. While scrolling through the past episodes of one of my favorite shows, Krista Tippett’s On Being, I came across an interview with Pico...

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...

Workin’ It: A Crash Course Via Podcasts ahead of Festival 21

I’m embarrassingly late to the party, but I recently discovered that NPR’s Serial is in fact not the only great podcast out there. And now I’m obsessed with listening to podcasts whenever possible.

"Girls: Who Run the World" Not all women believe in the same path to gender equality.

Hillary Clinton seems poised to accept the nomination of the Democratic party, but it isn’t as clear as it may seem what this, and her potential presidency, means for feminism in the U.S.
While the...

Big Announcements, Smart Fun at Our Downtown Festival Kick Off Party

First Niagara Bank’s Church Street branch was transformed into a downtown after-hours hot-spot May 10!

From Pop-Ups to Artists' Contracts, our "German Sensation" Interns Impact Festival 21

That’s us, Anna and Kathrin, two interns from Germany working in the community and behind the scenes at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
We joined the staff for three months, before the...

Live Long and Stand: Why A&I Staff Are Up On Their Feet

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is more than just performances and lectures. Across the 15 days of each Festival, numerous programs promote healthy living through active lifestyles, food...

Q&A with Associate Artistic Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: Janet Wong

How does the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company encourage art and ideas within the community of education?

Bill says that making art allows him to participate in the world of ideas – and it is...