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

The 2016 Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar will take place on April 1-2!
School Day:  Friday, April 1 (featuring Sylvester Makobi)
Family Day:  Saturday, April 2 (Free)

The Friday edition of the Bazaar is open only 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.

Grab your passport at the door, and go! Visit our Facebook photo albums for snapshots of Bazaar fun.

2015 Bazaar planning committee: Nancy Boatner (co-chair), Patty Callison, Sarah Hatcher, LuAnne Holladay, Deb Hutton, Tamara Loewenthal, Loraine Martin (co-chair), Samantha Sandusky, and Ann Woods. 

2015 BAZAAR PRESENTERS INCLUDED:

All About Belly Dance
Binford Ambassadors
Binford Elementary School
Bloomingfoods
Bloomington Community Orchard
Bloomington High School North Japan Club
City of Bloomington – Latino Outreach
Council on International Educational Exchange
The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology
Fiddle ‘n’ Feet & the Foot Squad
First Book Monroe County
Giving Back to Africa
Harpa Hungarica
Hoosier Hotcakes
Indiana Limestone Symposium
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 Department of Central Eurasian Studies
IU Dhar India Studies Program
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
LuAnne Holladay, Artist
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Molly Jeon & Masatomo Yonezu, Artists
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Monroe County Public Library
Natalie Kravchuk, Artist
Nur Festivals for Children
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

Lotus sincerely apologizes for any inadvertent errors or omissions.