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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 […]

2206, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #4: Rio Mira

June 22nd, 2018|

Named after the river that flows between Colombia and Ecuador, this Afro-Pacific ensemble starts with the marimba at its center, and flows with centuries of musical influence, like its namesake. Much has been made of Afro-Colombian music the past few years… now here’s a different take, with Ecuadorian overtones.

Like so much of global music, you […]

1506, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #3: Hawktail

June 15th, 2018|

As soon as the trio Haas Kowert Tice announced that they had expanded into a quartet and were calling themselves Hawktail, we asked if they were available for Lotus. Now they’ve released a debut album, and, just last weekend, appeared on Chris Thile’s national live radio program Live from Here (where the individual players were already regulars […]

106, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #1: Jupiter & Okwess

June 1st, 2018|

Where to start? How about by fulfilling an essential requirement for any world music festival with an outdoor stage: a high-energy dance band, ideally from one of the music capitals of the African continent. Kinshasa has always been a melting pot of great music, known for its vibrancy and innovation, and Jupiter Bokondji has been […]

1005, 2018

And Behind This Door…

May 10th, 2018|

The Latest Firehouse Renovations
Thanks to Loren Wood Builders’ hard work, the Firehouse Transformation renovations are truly beautifying our entire building from the inside-out.  We can’t stop wowing over our beautiful new front sliding doors, which replaced the garage doors of the firehouse. A big shoutout to Pella for working with Loren Wood Builders to add one of […]

2903, 2018

Be More…Lotus! Congrats to our Award-Winning Volunteers

March 29th, 2018|

Congratulations to the “Powerhouse” Lotus volunteers who received a 2018 Be More Award at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Tuesday night!
Duane Busick, Bob Flynn, Gail Hale, Steve Hedges, LuAnne Holladay, William Itter, Jillian Kinzie, Julie Lawson, Geoff McKim, Crystal Ritter, Lynn Schwartzberg, Michael Shermis, Andrew Simmons, and Teri Watkins
For their commitment to making Lotus a beacon […]

603, 2018

Lee Williams Recognized by IU’s Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

March 6th, 2018|

On February 22, 2018, Lotus Education & Arts Foundation founder Lee Williams received the Indiana University Office of the Vice President of International Affairs’ Distinguished International Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the international mission of Indiana University.

Remarks kindly provided by Shawn Reynolds, who presented the award on behalf of IU’s OVPIA:

 

I am […]

2606, 2017

Growing Up With Lotus

June 26th, 2017|

by Sophie Bird, Guest Blogger

As a child attending the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, I mostly noticed the colors. Lotus was like a kaleidoscope – lively and vibrant – from the bright outfits worn by international musicians to the purple, green, and blue stage lights that illuminated 6th Street after dark. Once a year, I sport […]

1801, 2018

2017 Festival Report

January 18th, 2018|

The 24th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival brought with it award-winning artists, an amazing slew of sponsors, and headlines affiliated with digital, print, and tv outlets.
For more Festival highlights, please check out the 2017_Festival Report.

Until next year ….

 

 

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2305, 2016

Lotus Stars to be displayed at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia

May 23rd, 2016|

Lotus woven stars to be displayed at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia

Just announced! More than 10,000 eight-pointed stars woven by Bloomington residents will be on display at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, when the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation’s “One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project” […]

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