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Connecticut arts and ideas festival has its lineup for summer 2019

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Officials announced the 2019 lineup for a two-week June festival of arts and ideas Thursday evening.

According to Associated Press (, the event lasts from June 8 to June 22. Officials said New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas will be two full weeks on the Green, with three weekends of events including five free Green concerts.

Co-executive director of the festival Chad Herzog said that this year’s lineup features “the most diverse group of artists and thinkers” they’ve hosted this year.

“It doesn’t look like anything we did even five years ago. Putting it bluntly, you don’t see a white guy on our stage during the weekends. Our stage looks like New Haven.” Herzog said.

The lineup includes Australian contemporary circus company Circa, Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq, and a Green concert/dance event called Garba360, based on a form of dance that originated in the state of Gujarat in India.

It will also feature a ticketed music event called “Quantum Sound,” which will be a live performance of music created from the sound of energy and radiation frequency.

The ideas program will be at Alexicon Pharmaceuticals on College Street with several events throughout the week to promote awareness on our surrounding and culture.

“I’m excited that we’re able to continue to make this festival happen here in this city,” Herzog said. “A couple of years ago, it was really hard.”

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