About Us

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. Each June, the Festival takes over the theaters, open spaces, and courtyards of New Haven, Connecticut, attracting an attendance of more than 100,000 to its events, of which more than 80% of are completely free to the public.

The mission of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is to to present an internationally renowned festival in New Haven, Connecticut that features the highest quality world-class artists, thinkers and leaders; to attract and engage a broad and diverse audience; and to celebrate and build community while advancing economic development.

Festival events have featured some of the most prestigious jazz, classical music, dance, and theater artists in the world, and the Festival’s free Ideas programs bring inspiring, provocative, challenging and delightful ideas to a wide public.

In 2013, the Festival drove $34 million in economic activity, and the Festival’s programs have an impact throughout the year, including engagement and educational programming such as the Festival Fellowship Program for under-served youth, and the Visionary Leadership Award held in autumn of each year.

Mission & Core Programs
What We Do and Who We Reach
Festival History / Previous Artists, Speakers & Events
Board of Directors
Festival Leadership & Staff

Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal