Lotus Announces Details of 2021 Festival

(Bloomington, IN) The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is happy to announce the details of our 28th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival that will bring diverse voices from around the globe to Bloomington from Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26, 2021. This special edition of the Lotus Festival is designed to be accessible to all during a time of continued uncertainty and concern for the health and safety of our global community.  Lotus invites attendees to safely enjoy multicultural music, art, food, dance, workshops, and more! Find more information at lotusfest.org    

Lotus recently released the 2021 Lotus Festival Lineup featuring a plethora of dynamic, multicultural artists. The artists include Blato Zlato (Balkan/US), Bohola (Ireland), Doctor Nativo (Guatemala), Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers (Zydeco/US), Hargreaves • de Groot • Gareiss (Old Time/US), Jenn Cristy (US), Maria de Barros (Cape Verde),  Martha Redbone Roots Project (Native American/US), Matixando (Costa Rica/US), Nation Beat (Brazil/US), Nohe & Sus Santos (Honduras/US), Pajunen & Skrede (Norway/Finland/US), Pamyua (Inuit), Rayna Gellert and Kieran Kane (US), San Salvador (France), Saraswathi (India), Thornetta Davis (Gospel/US), Tuvergen (Mongolia), and Yacouba Sissoko and SIYA (Mali).  

Lotus is also pleased to release the following information regarding this year’s unique Festival. 

Events and Venues

All plans are contingent on current COVID-safety protocols. At the moment,  Lotus is preparing for a Festival that will include two large tents on 4th Street and 6th Street, the full use of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, a church or other intimate venue, Lotus in the Park at Switchyard Park, an Arts Village, and Sunday morning yoga at the FAR Center. Masks will be required to be worn at all times, inside venues. Guidelines for our outdoor venues will follow the latest CDC and Monroe County Health Department policies; at the present time, we would highly recommend masks at outdoor venues as well.

For those who  cannot be here in person, Lotus will host one Lotus Livestream event on Friday of the Festival. The event will include two live performances by visiting Lotus artists and one pre-recorded set from a new-to-Lotus band. Purchasing a pin for the in-person Sunday Closing Concert will also allow access to the livestream concert, which will remain available for a full week to any purchaser  who wishes to see the  live stream but doesn’t want to miss anything live.

On Friday and Saturday evening, Lotus will host the Food Truck Village in downtown Bloomington. Lotus encourages its fans to support the local food vendors they’ve come to know and love at the festival, as well as other local restaurants within the Festival footprint.


Ticket prices are reduced for 2021! Lotus recognizes that many have been economically challenged by the pandemic. We want our patrons to come back to live music and this Festival is for the community.  There will be two ticket options sold for the weekend showcase nights: An indoor/outdoor ticket will allow the purchaser into all venues. An outside-only ticket gets them into the tents. Anyone entering an indoor venue will be required to wear a mask. Outdoor venues will be mask-optional, unless local guidelines are in place to require everyone to use masks. 

Find more information about ticket prices at lotusfest.org/tickets/

Buy tickets:

Online: https://bctboxoffice.org/lotus/

By Phone: 812-323-3020 (Visa or Mastercard)

Walk-Up: Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office 114 E Kirkwood Ave

 (12:00 – 5:00 P.M. Tuesday – Sunday)

Festival admission is also available after 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (Sept 24-25) at Festival Headquarters (E Kirkwood), as long as supplies last.

Remember to exchange your ticket for a wristband at Festival Headquarters (E Kirkwood).


The volunteer application is now live at lotusfest.org/volunteer/. Lotus will require that all volunteers be vaccinated, for their safety and for those they come into contact with. Volunteers who work at an inside venue will be required to wear a mask.

Lotus Festival T-shirts

Festival T-shirts can be pre-ordered during two separate ordering phases. With an enchanting design by Jade Leyva, the sale of these T-shirts helps to support the work of free outreach at the Festival. 

Find more information and order t-shirts at  lotusfest.org/2021/2021-lotus-festival-t-shirts/

Full Festival Schedule

The exact times and venues for each artist’s performance will be available soon. Find updated information on lotusfest.org or on our social media pages. 

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