The New York Times characterizes the International Festival of Arts and Ideas as “a happening hard to top for sheer scale and variety.”
For 15-days each summer, this unique festival brings a broad array of talent and excitement to New Haven, Connecticut, eighty-five percent of it free and open to the public. This year’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas, which will take place June 14-28, 2014, will include five free headline concerts on the historic New Haven Green, 11 ticketed events from major international artists and performers, as well as 15 lectures and conversations from a variety of renowned speakers.
The Festival will kick off with a concert performance headlined by Lalah Hathaway, the Grammy-winning vocalist and pianist whose style effortlessly fuses elements of R&B, jazz and pop, and Rubben Studdard, the winner of the second season of American Idol.
“We’re looking forward to another year of serious fun this June,” said Mary Lou Aleskie, Executive Director of International Festival of Arts and Ideas. “From our signature concerts on the New Haven Green that take every advantage of beautiful summer evenings, to the work of artists and thinkers presented on our stages, this is a festival that speaks to the core of what we do best: engaging, serious work that is entertaining and whole lot of fun.”
A long-standing tradition in the New Haven community, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas draws a global audience of more than 100,000 art-lovers, scholars and families each year. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 888-ART-IDEA, and online at artidea.org. A complete schedule and list of events can be found on the Festival’s website, artidea.org.
Discounts are available for students, youth and seniors.