The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar is a free multicultural arts and education event for kids and families. Volunteers from the Bloomington community (and around the world) present arts, music, language, and international crafts that let kids get their hands on the world with more than 30 vibrant, high-energy activity stations.  Grab your passport at the door, and go! Visit our Facebook photo albums for snapshots of Bazaar fun.

Save the date for the 22nd annual Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar!
March 31 – April 1, 2017

The Friday edition of the Bazaar is open only to area 4th-graders, but Saturday’s Family Day is free to the public.  If you are interested in having your school participate in Friday’s students-only Bazaar (offered free to schools), contact Outreach Director Loraine Martin at 812-336-6599, or loraine {at} lotusfest {dot} org.

Created in 1996 with the help of area teachers, the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar has become a tradition in Monroe County schools — public, private, and charter — as well as in our community.  Special thanks to Binford Elementary School staff and teachers for hosting the Bazaar since 2002.

2016 Lotus Blossoms programming was presented by the Raymond Foundation with support from Bell Trace,  IU African Studies, IU East Asian Studies, IU Funding Board/Ethnomusicology Students Association, Macy’s, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, ReMax Acclaimed Properties, Solution Tree, Sophia Travis Community Service Grant, Star of Indiana, St. John Associates, and Sylvan Learning Center.

2016 Bazaar planning committee: Loraine Martin (chair), Sean Benolken, Patty Callison, Sarah Hatcher, LuAnne Holladay, Deborah Hutton, Tamara Loewenthal, Laura Plummer, Genevieve Pritchard, Emily Stern, and Ann Woods.


11:00-11:20am – Nihon Minyo
Japanese Folk Song and Dance

11:30-11:50am – Ritmos Latinos Indiana
Salsa Dancing

12:00-12:20pm – Ryan Academy of Irish Dance
Traditional Irish Dance

12:40-1:00pm – Jungle Joe’s Flea Circus
Theatrical Performance

1:15-1:35pm – Fiddle ‘n’ Feet & the Foot Squad
Clogging & Percussive Dance

1:40-2:00pm – Seydou Kone
African Drumming from Mali


All About Bellydance
Binford Ambassadors
Binford Elementary School
Bloomington Community Orchard
Bloomington High School North Japan Club
Bloomington High School North Spanish Society
City of Bloomington – Latino Outreach
Council on International Education Exchange
Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology
Fiddle ‘n’ Feet & the Foot Squad
First Book of Monroe County
Giving Back to Africa
Harpa Hungarica
Hoosier Hotcakes
Indiana Limestone Symposium
IU African Studies
IU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
IU Center for the Study of Global Change
IU Center for the Study of the Middle East
IU Chinese Calligraphy Club
IU Chinese Flagship
IU East Asian Studies Center
IU Ethnomusicology Student Association
IU Folklore Student Association
IU Germanic Studies
IU Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center
IU Institute for European Studies
IU International Outreach Council
IU Russian & East European Institute
IU Southeast Asian Studies
IU Speech Perception Lab
IU Swahili Flagship Program
IU Turkish Flagship Program
Jungle Joe’s Flea Circus (Joe Lee)
LuAnne Holladay, Artist
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Molly Jeon, Artist
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Monroe County Public Library
Play 360
Playground Productions
The Rebels, Spinners & Weavers Group
Ritmos Latinos Indiana
The Ryan Academy of Irish Dance
Seydou Kone, Artist
Sue Westhues, Artist
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center
T.C. Steele State Historic Site
Ukrainian Cultural Association of South Central Indiana

Lotus sincerely apologizes for any inadvertent errors or omissions.