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2401, 2019

Lotus Firebay Open House

January 24th, 2019|

We hope you'll join us as we open our newly renovated Firebay venue to our friends and neighbors. Stop by the Lotus Firebay on Saturday, February 23, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for an event packed with free hands-on fun, live performances, interactive activities, and more.

2003, 2019

That’s What She Said …

March 20th, 2019|

A Night With Alash
Tamara Lowenthal has experienced hundreds of Lotus performances yet still finds inspiration in the special “Lotus Moments,” including yesterday when she spent the day sharing the amazing art of Tuvan throat singing with Paoli.  The following excerpt captures so beautifully the moments that feeds the hearts of everyone involved, from audience,  to volunteers, and even Lotus […]

403, 2019

Lotus Hosts Bachata’s Award-Winning “Gold Standard” Artist

March 4th, 2019|

Cure your spring fever with sounds from the Dominican!

Lotus ushers in March with sights and sounds from the barrio during six performances by Dominican artist DREAM (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring) Bachata Academy on Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6, as seven musicians ages 15-20 join award-winning faculty musician Martires De Leon to share their […]

2102, 2019

Meet Interim Executive Director Denise Lessow

February 21st, 2019|

A long-time supporter of the arts and education, local entrepreneur and consultant Denise Lessow has stepped in at Lotus Education and Arts Foundation for the next few months while the Board searches for a permanent Executive Director. Denise is a seasoned administrator, with over 25 years as a non-profit leader, facilitator, evaluator, fundraiser, and university faculty member. She […]

2111, 2018

Thanks for Giving

November 21st, 2018|

When an organization produces an annual event known to attract thousands and thousands of music and art fans to Bloomington every September, it’s easy to forget that the very same organization is a non-profit with just five folks on staff and a very limited budget. We couldn’t do it without the support of so many […]

2410, 2018

First Events In New Lotus Venue

October 24th, 2018|

With the 25th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival resting comfortably in our rearview mirrors, we can’t think of a better time to host the first-ever public events in the newly renovated Lotus venue!  Together with rock paper scissors, inc., we are hosting two events benefitting Lotus on Saturday, November 3.  Both ticketed events will support annual […]

3008, 2018

Festival Sneak Peek: Blockhouse Studios Projection Mapping

August 30th, 2018|

Blockhouse Studios will be presenting a one of a kind display during the Lotus festival. The exhibit will be revealed on the Monroe County Courthouse, once the sun goes down. This will be a unique focal point of the festival, as it will use the architecture of the building to showcase beautiful content.

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2409, 2018

Festival Sneak Peek: Festival Unwind Yoga

September 24th, 2018|

Unwind and restore with a unique yoga experience after an exciting Festival weekend. This is Lotus’s third year offering weekend yoga and in honor of the 25thanniversary Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, yoga offerings will be expanded to two days, on Saturday and Sunday. Students of all levels are welcome to join this accessible […]

1108, 2018

Festival Sneak Peek: “Big Tent” Multimedia Experience

August 11th, 2018|

Big Tent Multimedia Experience is one of several featured 25th Anniversary Spectacles planned for the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. The Big Tent installation incorporates 360° video and audio projection, leveraging immersive technology to create a communal viewing experience. The large-scale A/V-surround environment echoes the Festival ethos by creating a venue for people to interact and […]

2606, 2018

2018 Festival Shirt Artist, Julie Barnett

June 26th, 2018|

When was your first Lotus Fest?
The second year, in ‘95

How many have you attended?
I’ve attended at least one event of about 10 festivals. 

How did you first cross paths with Lotus?Favorite Festival memories?
I first learned about the festival from James Combs when it was still just an idea he was cooking up with Lee Williams and […]

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