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The Biggest Festival In New Haven History. 15 Days Long. Over 200 Events.

May 14, 2019

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For 15 days, June 8th - June 22nd, New Haven, Connecticut will be hosting the biggest festival it’s ever seen...and we thought it was worth a share. Learn all you need to know about the 2019 Arts & Ideas Festival below...



The Arts & Ideas Festival is a 15-day long event full of world premieres, theatre, dance, music, talk, and tours that takes over New Haven each summer. The mission is to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience, celebrating and building community, and advancing economic development.

For 23 years, the Festival has delighted audiences with an outstanding mix of entertaining and inspiring programs. Internationally acclaimed dance, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking circus, ground-breaking theatre and engaging speakers all define the Festival as our region’s premier arts and culture destination.

The 2019 Festival is from June 8th - June 22nd with over 200 events!



When Anne Calabresi, Jean Handley and Roslyn Meyer founded the Festival in 1996, their aim was to gather world-class artists and thinkers from around the globe, showcasing the city and the state as a major arts destination. They believed, as does Compass, that when great ART and big IDEAS come together, we heighten our ability to understand and imagine.

The Festival was modeled after great European arts festivals including Edinburgh Festival, which was founded in the ashes of World War II. The underlying goal of the festival and those worldwide is to bring people together in one place to increase international understanding, social cohesion, and celebrate diversity.



If you’re're invited to come visit one of the most diverse, creative and welcoming small cities in New England. New Haven has a rich history and outstanding academic institutions including Yale where many events take place. New Haven is a walkable “human-scale” city with shops, outstanding restaurants, museums, boutique hotels and several parking areas. There is public transportation from Metro North train station and we are off I-95 and I-91.

Click here to read our blog about the top 10 things you need to know before moving to New Haven.

Set in the beautiful hills and estuaries of Connecticut, New Haven is home to the Quinnipiac tribe, a storied colonial history and a long tradition of welcoming immigrants from all over the world. One out of every eight residents is foreign-born and our students speak over 100 languages at home. Although immigration is a complex issue, residents widely agree that our diversity is the primary source of our cultural, social and economic health. We think that’s something we should all celebrate. Join here for 15 days each June and see what makes this city sparkle.


Experience It!

Our ARTlab apartments are different from any other living experience you’ve had.  Your apartment has been transformed into its own personal art gallery! Your walls are full of inspiration and art of local emerging artists. This is the time to take advantage of the community right outside your door! Live like a local and experience all your new city has to offer. We promised you a curated stay in the heart of the you an experience, not just an apartment. The Arts & Ideas Festival is the perfect opportunity to amplify your stay.


Staying Already?

Great! Then you already know that the best of New Haven is just steps outside your door. Don't miss out on this event! Make sure to tag @compassfurnapts on IG with all your festival pictures - we'd love to feature you on our social media! See you there!  


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