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.



January 28, 12pm The Visionary Leadership Award Luncheon is the centerpiece to a New Haven residency that will celebrate Angelique’s work as an artist and as a global humanitarian.
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January 27, 7pm Angélique Kidjo will host this FREE New Haven screening of Mama Africa, a documentary about legendary African music icon Miriam Makeba, a major influence on Ms. Kidjo’s life and work. Ms. Kidjo appears in the film as a commentator, and will stay after the screening for Q&A. Free and open to the public.
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January 28, 4pm At Ezra Stiles College, Yale, hosted by Master Stephen Pitti for a conversation about her work as a musician, and how she used her voice to create change and bring awareness to issues facing her home continent of Africa. Free and open to the public.


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 in March 2015.


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Angélique Kidjo's appearances at the Festival are generously supported by: