New Haven’s Arts & Ideas Fest to host concert series on the Green

Starting Aug. 18, New Haven residents will be able to attend biweekly music and dance performances on the New Haven Green during their lunch break.

Rhythm Exchange, a concert series organized by International Festival of Arts & Ideas, will feature music and dance performances from various genres every other Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm, according to a press release from The Festival. Organizers hope the event will help New Haveners pause in their busy day and enjoy the city’s culture.

“This is an opportunity for the New Haven community to make art an intentional part of our day,” Shelley Quiala, the organization’s executive director, said in the release. “We’re asking people to step away from daily life and into an exciting artistic moment to incorporate the healing power of art into their day.”

The seven events will take place on the New Haven Green and will include breakdancing, Indian Vocals, jazz, bachata, Funk and Drum & Tap and a Day of the Dead celebration.

“This concert series will reflect how our community is simultaneously global and local,” Malakhi Eason, director of Programming and Community Impact, said in the press release. “New Haven is home to such artistic variety, from traditional practices like Irish step dancing to more contemporary work in hip hop and funk.”

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is an organization that hosts an annual celebration of performing arts, lectures and discussions each summer in New Haven, CT. The organization invites artists, leaders and innovators from around the globe to celebrate various genres of art and host events on sharing ideas.

The event follows the organization’s 2022 festival, Connect, which ended on June 26 and featured more than 200 in-person programs specializing in arts, fashion and education. Its 27th festival celebrated the global community within New Haven and included headline events such as jazz singer Gregory Porter, comedian Michelle Buteau and Project Runway’s Prajje Oscar.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas aims to utilize the New Haven Green’s space through out the year and allow artists to showcase their work.

“The Green is the one place that we all call home. We are excited to partner with the Festival on this opportunity to enjoy our shared love for arts and culture in our historic city center,” Kika Matos, one of the proprietors of the Green, said in the press release.

The Rhythm Exchange schedule is as follows:

Aug. 18: Indian Music & Indian Classical Dance with the Wesleyan University Ethnomusicology Ensemble & Raina Das

Sept. 1: Jazz & Gospel with the Shannon Trio & Sharli Smith

Sept. 15: Funk and Drum & Tap, with Velez & His Band and Medusa

Sept. 29: Bachata Dance & Musical Storytelling with Baila con Gusto CT & kamrDANCE

Oct. 13: Hip Hop Honors with Tang Sauce, Alyssa Hughes, Marshun Art & DJ Dooley-O

Oct. 27: A New Orleans Second Line

Nov. 1: Day of the Dead with Unidad Latina en Accion (ULA)

For more information on the Rhythm Exchange, visit the New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas website.

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