The Festival Arts Village on E. 6th Street is free and open to the public from 6:00-10:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings during the Festival.

Plus, during the first venue break both evenings (8:30pm), we’ll be featuring live demonstrations and bite-sized performances on the street — please join us!

Live demo schedule:

Friday, September 16, 8:30 pm:  “One Million Stars” founding artist Maryann Talia Pau

An artist and practicing weaver from Australia, Maryann Talia Pau is the founder of the “One Million Stars to End Violence” project, in which Lotus is a “Star Weave” partner. (click here for full bio)

Saturday, September 17, 8:30 -8:45 pm:  Ritmos Latinos Indiana

Ritmos Latinos Indiana (image below) dances, teaches, and performs rueda de casino, a group form of salsa that originated in Cuba. Rueda (from the Spanish word for “wheel”) is danced in a circle and is led by a caller who signals the moves. The primary mission of Ritmos Latinos Indiana is to foster a supportive and inclusive social group through rueda de casino for all interested individuals at all skill levels, while cultivating an appreciation for Latino music, dance, and culture. We strive to create a learning environment that is friendly, engaging, and free from pressure.  (Facebook / video)

Saturday, September 17, 8:50-9:05 pm:  The Limestone Beaters Brass Band

The Limestone Beaters (top image) call themselves a “teenage-ish” brass and drum band out of Bloomington, IN who perform original music as well as covers. They meet every week at the Jefferson St. Music Studio and just recorded their first album with Blockhouse Audio and Video Production. Lively and fresh – it’s exciting to see what the next generation of musicians is bringing to the Bloomington music scene.  Join them for a parade to the BCT following their demo! (Facebook / audio)

Friday & Saturday, September 16-17, 8:00 pm: Rainworks display at Arts Village entrance near Walnut St.

Rainworks is an initiative of “rain-activated artwork, designed to make a rainy day better.” Employing a non-toxic substance sprayed through a stencil onto pavement or concrete, Rainworks creates images that are completely invisible when dry, but re-appear when wet. (In partnership with the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art, in celebration of their 75th birthday this year.)

Find Rainworks at these additional locations at the Festival:

  • Fri/Sat, 8:30pm at the Pictura Gallery/Old National Bank Tent entrance near Walnut St.
  • Sat., 2pm at Lotus in the Park near the Art Camp (sidewalk area on the north side of 3rd St. Park, nearer to the Washington side)
Ritmos Latinos Class
Ritmos Latinos Class