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 […]
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.
Lotus: What can […]
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 […]
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 […]
Maracatu: Celebration from Brazil to Bloomington
Be part of bringing Brazil to Bloomington! Our 2018 visual arts project focuses on Maracatu, a 400-year old Afro-Brazilian parading tradition with origins in the northeastern city of Recife. Highlighting different strands of history and promoting community diversity, Maracatu acts as an expression of creativity and inclusivity, mirroring social concerns that are significant to society today.
“Celebrations from Brazil to Bloomington,” led by artist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Colleen Haas, will offer FREE, all-ages activity stations and workshops throughout Festival weekend, including at Lotus in the Park and in the Festival Arts Village. Participants will have opportunities to design, create, and use percussion instruments like those commonly played at Maracatu Carnival festivities…and then join Dr. Haas (and local group Women of Mass Percussion) to learn Maracatu rhythms and perform as a community.
This project is supported in part by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s Arts Project Grant Program.