Big Tent, a 360° video and audio projection installation/venue (free, located at 4th & Washington), leverages immersive technology to create a unique, communal viewing experience for Festival attendees. In this age of individual hand-held screens, Big Tent echoes the Festival ethos in creating opportunities for people to interact and share a transformative multimedia experience.   Students and faculty from across the IU and IUPUI systems have been artistically challenged to create meaningful, original work for this large-scale, A/V-surround environment, and the results include works with video and sound, experimental film/cinema, game design, real-time video capture, and archival celebrations of the 25-year Lotus journey. As a venue, Big Tent will also include free, live performances/interactions with Festival artists using multimedia enhancement. Festival participants will not require a ticket to enjoy this exciting installation — the experience is free and open to the public.

Big Tent is a creation of Benjamin Smith, D.M.A. and Robin Cox, D.M.A., both faculty of the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, IUPUI.  Content development on the IU Bloomington campus is led by Norbert Herber, Ph.D., of the IU Media School.

Support for Big Tent at the 2018 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival was provided by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology. Funding to commission original work for Big Tent at this event was made possible by the IU College of Arts & Sciences Ostrom Grants Program and a Public Art Grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University.