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Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

2308, 2013

Twenty Years of Lotus and IU

August 23rd, 2013|

Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures was the very first Lotus venue: On a cool October afternoon in 1994, the festival began on the museum’s front porch, with a set of folk music by Andrew Lazaro, a Puerto Rican doctoral student at the IU School of Music. Afterward, there was a small parade to the new Waldron Arts Center downtown, symbolically linking campus and community, IU and Lotus.

The town/gown partnership that marked Lotus’s first year has held fast for two decades. […]

1708, 2013

Bernard Woma

August 17th, 2013|

Percussionist Bernard Woma is a master of the Ghanaian gyil, or xylophone, which he has been playing since he was two years old.

Founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana, he is a gifted and experienced teacher: from school programs in Brooklyn, to performances for heads of state, Bernard’s work […]

1108, 2013

World Spirit Concert – Sunday, September 21

August 11th, 2013|

Wrap up your Lotus #21 with transcendent music from Mongolia and South Africa. Your 2014 Lotus Pin gets you in!

Arga Bileg fuses jazz improvisation with Mongolian traditional music; Derek Gripper takes genres as diverse as African kora compositions and baroque violin and transforms them, exquisitely, on classical guitar. At the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood, downtown Bloomington), Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood), 3 – 5pm.


208, 2013

September 21: World Spirit Concert

August 2nd, 2013|

With Arga Bileg and Derek Gripper

Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood)

3 – 5 pm

The 2014 Lotus Pin gets you in ($5, available in advance at Bloomingfoods locations, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office, Landlocked Music, at the Festival Store, and at the concert)

The Festival comes to a close with transcendent music from Mongolia and South Africa. Arga […]

2907, 2013

Sancocho Music & Dance Collage

July 29th, 2013|

Dance and drumming of Cuba and Puerto Rico come to Lotus in the Park by way of Sancocho Music and Dance Collage. […]

2907, 2013

Radha Lakshmi

July 29th, 2013|

Radha Lakshmi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work draws on the women’s ritual and folkloric arts of her native Southern India, as well as other aboriginal traditions. She is an expert in the art of kolam, a traditional Indian form that incorporates mythology and symbols of Southern India: it is both a form of artistic […]

1807, 2013

Catherine MacLellan

July 18th, 2013|

Catherine MacLellan’s fine lyrics and pure vocals make her one of the finest young singer-songwriters on the North American roots scene. […]

1807, 2013

Mames Babegenush

July 18th, 2013|

Mames Babegenush comes to Lotus from the vibrant cultural milieu of Copenhagen. Firmly rooted in klezmer, the six-member ensemble nonetheless crosses musical boundaries, blending this classic Jewish music with genres as diverse as tango, rock, cumbia, electronica, and Israeli folk music. Their dynamic, past-meets-present take on klezmer is designed to invigorate one of the world’s […]

1807, 2013

Emel Mathlouthi

July 18th, 2013|

Emel Mathlouthi first took the stage at the age of 8 in the Ibn Sina suburb of Tunis. In her mid-twenties, she moved to France to pursue her singing career, and her song “Kelmti Horra” (My Word Is Free) was sung on the streets of Tunis by Arab Spring revolutionaries. […]

1807, 2013


July 18th, 2013|

Movits! returns to Bloomington with their special Swedish blend of hip-hop and swing. […]