Lotus is delighted to be working with accomplished illustrator Katie Vernon for this year’s festival artwork and t-shirt design. Katie has created illustrations for Lotus in the past and was thrilled to be asked to design this year’s Lotus t-shirt. During this strange time of feeling disconnected, Katie wanted to make an illustration that was full […]
Ak Dan Gwang Chil, South Korea
Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7) is a multi-award winning Korean traditional music group, featuring six Korean traditional musicians and three powerhouse female folk singers. ADG7 performs repertoire from the sacred, shamanic, and secular gut (ritual music) and minyo (folk song) traditions of the Hwanghae-do region, nowadays a western province […]
Artists participating in Lotus Blossoms share their cultural traditions with school children and teachers throughout South Central Indiana. While they are here visiting schools, many of them conduct workshops or perform at the Lotus Firebay and other community spaces.
Masankho Banda (March 23-27)
Photo: Courtesy Masankho Banda
Performance artist, educator, spiritual healer, and peacebuilder, […]
As the 26th Lotus World Music Festival is set to begin in just a few days, I have been thinking a lot about the event. The staff is working long hours to ensure each band safely arrives, each venue is properly set up and each volunteer knows exactly what to do. This year will be […]
If you’ve been perusing the performer list on our website, you know that Balla Kouyaté will be playing at the 26th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, as part of a duo, with Mamadou Diabate. What you may not know is that Balla has just been awarded a 2019 National Heritage Fellowship Award, an honor […]
Tamara Loewenthal is delighted to be appointed to be the new Executive Director for the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation. In the over twenty years that Tamara has served the Lotus organization, she has had a hand in developing many of the programs that are now counted as jewels in the Lotus crown. From visioning […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]