“Across Borders, Beyond Time” is the theme of the 2011 International Festival of Arts & Ideas,” presented June 11-25 at various sites in New Haven. The event is in its 16th year, and this season opens with The Silk Road Ensemble with artistic director and fabled cellist Yo Yo Ma, a free concert being held on New Haven Green June 11 at 7 p.m. It is the group’s Connecticut debut and Ma’s first appearance in the state since 2007.
There are a number of free performances throughout the festival, including Cosmic Jibaros and Jose Conde on June 12; Natalie MacMaster on June 18; The Deedle Deedle Dees and Ebony Hillbillies on June 19; and Mandingo Ambassadors and Freshlyground on June 25.
Family events include “Box City,” June 11 and 12, where families can apply the basics of design, urban planning and sustainability by building a model city from cardboard and recycled materials, a free event. There is also “Baby Loves Salsa” on June 12, for kids up to seven years old to take part in bilingual song and dance (admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children).
The festival receives major sponsorship support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Foxwoods, New Haven Register, WTNH, and Yale University, and provides an eclectic range of dance, music, theater and story-telling in a variety of venues. For ticket prices and information, visit www.artidea.org or call 203-562-5666 or 888-736-2663. Tickets are also available at New Haven’s Shubert Theater, 247 College St.
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