Fado, the signature musical tradition of Portugal, is embodied in the voice and music of Lula Pena. Elements of Portuguese folk music, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova color Lula’s music, but its heart is in fado. Her deep, sensitive voice and spare guitar work communicate the feeling of powerful longing, or saudade, essential to the genre. Thoughtful, emotional, poetic, stark, mesmerizing: all apply to her unforgettable performances. Lula has rarely toured outside Portugal, and Lotus is proud to present her at this year’s festival. Lula has rarely toured outside Portugal, and Lotus is proud to present her at this year’s festival.

Friday, Sept. 25

First Christian Church, 6:45-7:30pm
First Christian Church, 7:45-8:30pm

Saturday, Sept. 26

First Christian Church, 10:35-11:45pm

Presented in partnership with the IU College of Arts and Science – Institute for European Studies and Women of Lotus.


Lula Pena – “Senhora do Almortão”