The Blogfest!

The Festival Blog

16 days of great art and big ideas, June 12-27, 2015.

Special Thanks:
Angelique Kidjo with Ibeyi, Box City, Carmen de Lavallade, Cry You One, Dan Zanes, Darlene Love, Kurt Elling with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Lucinda Williams, Machine de Cirque, Magmanus, Moona Luna and Pistolera, Perfect Catch, Plena Libre, Ragamala Dance Company with Rudresh Mahanthappa, the cast and crew of Rodney King, Taylor Mac, the leaders of the Bike, Boat, and Walking Tours, and the entire crew of the 2015 New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Additional Thanks to the Ideas panelists of 21st Century Art and Politics, Africa, Ebola, and Global Health Equity, Carmen de Lavallade In Conversation, Claudia Rankine: How Art Teaches a Poet to See, Cooperation Amidst Crisis: May Day 1970 and Its Lessons, From Artist to Activist: A New Haven Legend, Hong Kong Artists in New Haven, Jelani Cobb: Contingent Citizenship, New Art, New Cities, New Living, Rock ‘n Roll That Heals with Mary McBride, Roz Chast: Cartoons as Family Memoir, Sinatra at 100: Cultural Influences, Backward and Forward, Surveillance and Civil Liberties in the U.S., Town Hall: Justice, Civility, and Active Citizenship, and Waterways and Our Changing Environment In Association with WNPR

Filmed and Edited by Tiffany Hopkins, Brice Shipley, Rachel Lawlor, Eleni Georgakopoulos, and Robert Gagne

Plene Libre is our final concert of 2015 on the First Niagra Stage. Come and join us!

Carmen de Lavallade invites you to come to the Yale Repertory Theater at 2pm today to see her final New Haven performance of "As I Remember It"

New Haven is a vibrant cycling community! See the sights, explore bike trails and paths, and discover a piece of local history.

Machine de Cirque is an exciting new ensemble of young acrobats out of Quebec's vibrant and innovative circus arts scene. The company brings to New Haven a thrilling new show, featuring gravity-defying stunts, jugglers, and hilarious antics. From June 24 - 27. Tickets available now!

Passion for Bach and Coltrane is inspired by the poetry of A.B. Spellman, specifically his book of poems Things I Must Have Known. The poetry speaks to the musical mastery of J.S. Bach, John Coltrane as well as religion and mortality.
1 performance only in New Haven - Tonight June 23 at 8pm!

Angélique Kidjo wants you out on the New Haven Green TONIGHT for a great concert with Ibeyi! 7pm. Be there.

his heart-warming comedy features the expert juggling team of Michael Karas and Jen Slaw.
After the 3:00pm show on Sunday, June 21 Michael and Jen will provide materials and lead a from-the-stage lesson on juggling.

Kurt Elling joins the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in tonights headline concert featuring the music of Frank Sinatra. It may be raining this afternoon, but we are planning on a beautiful concert tonight!

History, poetry and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King—deemed “the first reality TV star”—from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his involuntary martyrdom that ignited the L.A. riots to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. Smith seamlessly fuses facts and friction, motion and emotion into a gripping narrative that poses impossible questions while illuminating his subject with grace and empathy.