5th Annual Visionary Leadership Award

Angélique Kidjo

The Festival is thrilled to present its the 5th Visionary Leadership to singer, songwriter, and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo.

We are honoring Angélique for the extraordinary range of her vision and artistry: In addition to her award-winning music career, she has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002 and is one of the co-founders of The Batonga Foundation, an organization that empowers women and girls by providing access to secondary and higher education.

Join us for this timely recognition of a leader and visionary of unwavering commitment to global health and women’s rights in West Africa and beyond.



This year’s Visionary Leadership Award Luncheon on January 28, 2015 is the centerpiece to a New Haven residency that will celebrate Angelique’s work as an artist and as a global humanitarian.
More information & buy tickets


Ms. Kidjo will perform in a special concert on December 6, 2014, presented by Yale School of Music in association with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The concert will feature the Yale Percussion Group and additional Yale ensembles, with proceeds benefiting the Yale Africa Initiative Student Scholarships.
Information & tickets for this concert


On January 27 and 28, Ms. Kidjo will appear at several events and talks that will be free and open to the public. Schedule and further details will be announced shortly.


Ms. Kidjo will perform and participate in additional residency activities at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in June 2015. Schedule and further details will be announced shortly.


Bank of America/US Trust is the lead corporate sponsor of the 5th Visionary Leadership Award
The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale is the Luncheon Host of the 5th Visionary Leadership Award