Festival Stories

A Closer Look: Whitman, Melville, Dickinson - Passions of Bloom

Conguring three mammoth literary ghosts when their freedom of expression may be most needed, and most imperiled.

Hanan Hameen Leads Free to Dance Workshop on Juneteenth

Deeply rooted within Hameen’s soul is an artist who praises her history through her art, movement and teachings

Festival Fellows Meet Composer and Singer Amir Alan Vahab

Amir, a celebrated composer and singer of Sufi and folk music, brought in some of his native Persian instruments as well as his vast knowledge and insight into many different musical subjects.

Aaron Jafferis on (Be)longing: Personal stories provide people with a pathway to connection.

“Paying attention to folks who might feel excluded and reaching out directly, and also creating entry points for folks indirectly who we might not know are feeling excluded, that’s one of the biggest...

KeyBank Sponsors Headliner Concert on the Green for the 22nd Year!

"There is nothing more inspiring than the fellowship created as the community comes together on a gorgeous summer night on the Green to sing, dance, and picnic with family and friends."

Taylor Ho Bynum: Music In The Moment

“We need to remind ourselves of what it means to be in the moment and not distracted by all the various distractions of the modern age, and what it means to be together and to be human and to be...

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

"sneaker-stomping...so 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

Festival Fellow Blog: Activate (Be)longing

Hi! We are the 2017 Fellows at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. We are a group of 12 (not counting our lovely teacher Sarah Sherban) from all through New Haven. We are banded together by...

Get Ready for a Blog Takeover by the Festival Fellows!

Our high school Fellows are posting about their experiences in the program so far, and giving you a behind-the-scenes look at Festival 2017. Watch here or on Facebook for their latest insights.

On NPR: The message of (Be)longing began with the voices of Blacksburg

'(Be)longing' Explores Gun Violence, 10 Years After Virginia Tech Shooting

“Big Read” Takes Up Immigration

By Lucy Gellman, New Haven Independent

New Haven Register Announces Festival 2017

The newly unveiled June schedule includes a first-time reggae headline concert and a hip-hop oratorio prompted by the Virginia Tech and Newtown tragedies.