Culture | 9:57 pm | April 2, 2013 | By Anya Grenier

Arts festival announces lineup

Staying in New Haven for June? The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, taking place June 15-29, announced this year’s lineup at a reception in The Study Hotel earlier today.

The annual event brings together a plethora of thinkers and performers to the Elm City for 15 days in June and is loosely tied together with a fun theme — this year, the theme is “Dreaming New Worlds.”

The 18-year-old festival’s 2013 lineup includes a new adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company in association with the Bristol Old Vic theater. And if you’re not sure how you feel about seeing puppets do Shakespeare, this group’s last collaboration — “War Horse” — won five Tony Awards, including Best Play, and had life-sized horse puppets onstage. (No, these aren’t the Muppets.)

The festival also highlights locally-based groups including the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, A Broken Umbrella Theatre and the Yale Choral Artists, alongside numerous other domestic and international artists.

On the ideas side, the festival will include New Haven-based author Joshua Foer on hunter-gatherer life and panel discussions of race and the global financial crisis.

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