The 22nd Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
September 24-27, 2015
Downtown Bloomington, Indiana

Presenting Sponsors:
Bloomingfoods Market & Deli, Blueline Media Productions,
and Indiana University

Click here for a full list of our awesome 2015 Festival Sponsors!

Tickets on sale now! – Online at; Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office (114 E. Kirkwood), 812-323-3020.  Weekend Passes also available at most Bloomingfoods locations.

Watch for schedule updates, artist descriptions, lodging information, and more!

A complete list of this year’s festival artists can be found here.

*Artists and line-up are subject to change, more schedule information below


Upcoming Festival Events:

August 28 – September 26: Festival Exhibition
“Seeing Red: World Textiles,” Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center (122 S. Walnut)
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Extended hours till midnight on Festival showcase nights Sept. 25-26
September 26: Seeing Red Collectors Gallery Talk, 4-5pm
> Free

Thursday, September 24: Lotus Thursday Kick-Off Concert
Baltic Crossing and Buckwheat Zydeco
A double-header Opening Concert gets you into the Lotus groove, featuring fiery Nordic fiddling from Baltic Crossing (Finland/Denmark/UK) and the hot Louisiana Creole sounds of the legendary Buckwheat Zydeco (U.S.).
7pm / Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood)
> Tickets online at; Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office (114 E. Kirkwood), 812-323-3020

Friday and Saturday, September 25 – 26: Friday and Saturday Evening Showcases
A wristband is your passport to multiple performances each showcase night, at venues ranging from the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, to standing-room-only street tents, to churches where traditional music shines.
6:30-Midnight / Various venues in downtown Bloomington
> Tickets online at; Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office (114 E. Kirkwood), 812-323-3020; weekend passes available at most Bloomingfoods locations

Friday and Saturday, September 25-26: Festival Arts Village
Including Filipino harvest dance and workshop, star weaving and chalk art making activities, and Celebrating the Harvest installation, featuring works created in Lotus summer arts outreach workshops.
6 – 10pm / Downtown Bloomington
> Free

Saturday, September 26: Lotus in the Park
Featuring live performances, interactive workshops, hands-on arts and crafts, artisan exhibits, bicycle parking corral, and more.
Noon – 5:00pm / Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park (331 S. Washington)
> Free
Saturday, September 26: Festival Parade
Led by festival artist Fanfaraï. Community is invited to take part in this procession. Decorate your bicycle with a Lotus-inspired theme and ride along or just come and wave a Lotus flag.
8:30 / Downtown Bloomington
> Free

Sunday, September 27: World Spirit Concert
The 2015 Commemorative Pin gets you into the Sunday World Spirit Concert, the Festival’s beautiful wrap-up event featuring Maarja Nuut (Estonia) and Şimdi Ensemble (Turkey).
3pm / Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood)
> The 2015 Lotus Pin ($5) gets you in!**

**Purchases of this year’s collectible Lotus Pin help underwrite the programming that we offer free to the public. Pins are available for advance purchase at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater box office, Bloomingfoods, and Landlocked music, and at the Festival Store on Lotus weekend.


Festival T-shirt and pin design:
Vincent Desjardins,

 Volunteer T-shirt design:
Jenn Robison,



The Festival needs approximately 500 volunteers, for a wide range of duties and shift times – apply online via
Apply online /  More info



Admission covers just 50% of the costs for Lotus programming – the rest comes from generous donors and sponsors in our community. Check out our Sponsorship info page for details on how you or your business can get involved.