New Haven’s Arts & Ideas Festival will host a series of concerts on the green

Beginning August 18, New Haven residents will be able to attend bi-weekly music and dance performances on the New Haven Green during their lunch break.

Rhythm Exchange, a concert series organized by the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, will feature music and dance performances of various genres every second Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Festival. Organizers hope the event will help New Haveners take a break from 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 statement. “We ask people to step away from everyday life and into an exciting artistic moment to integrate the healing power of art into their day.”

The seven events will take place on the New Haven Green and will include breakdancing, Indian chanting, jazz, bachata, funk and drum & tap and a Day of the Dead celebration.

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

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas is an organization that hosts an annual performing arts celebration, lectures and discussions each summer in New Haven, CT. The organization invites artists, leaders and innovators from around the world to celebrate various genres of art and organize events about 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 New Haven’s global community and included headliners such as jazz singer Gregory Porter, comedian Michelle Buteau and Project Runway’s Prajje Oscar.

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas aims to utilize the New Haven Green space throughout the year and allow artists to showcase their work.

“The Green is the one place we all call home. We are thrilled to partner with the Festival to tap into our shared love for arts and culture in our historic downtown,” said Kika Matos, one of The Green’s owners, in the press release.

The Rhythm Exchange schedule is as follows:

August 18: Indian Music and Indian Classical Dance with the Wesleyan University Ethnomusicology Ensemble and Raina Das

September 1: Jazz & Gospel with the Shannon Trio & Sharli Smith

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

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

October 13: Hip Hop Honors with Tang Sauce, Alyssa Hughes, Marshun Art and DJ Dooley-O

October 27: A second line in New Orleans

November 1: Day of the Dead with Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA)

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

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