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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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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 […]

2906, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #5: Spiro

June 29th, 2018|

The final sneak peek is one that I have a special attachment to. I’ve been a fan of the English quartet Spiro for many years (they’ve been around for as long as Lotus), but have been frustrated that they have never toured the U.S. So one of my goals in working with Lotus this year […]

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 […]

706, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #2: Aynur

June 7th, 2018|

About 10 years ago, someone tipped me to a great music documentary about the roots music movement in Istanbul called “Crossing the Bridge.” I found the DVD and screened it one summer night with my family. The film is a fantastic musical journey, and the standout scene was recorded in an 18th Century Turkish bath, […]

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 […]

2408, 2018

2018 Visual Arts Brings Brazil to Bloomington

August 24th, 2018|

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.

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706, 2017

Lotus Launches “One Million Stars To End Violence” Project

June 7th, 2017|

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation officially launches its year-long 2016 initiative, “One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project” on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016.
Weave a star at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, and meet the project’s founder!  Details here.
Visit our Events Calendar for dates & details on […]

2910, 2015

2016 Dates Announced!

October 29th, 2015|

2016 Dates Announced for Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

September 15-18, 2016 | Bloomington, Indiana

**For Immediate Release 10/29/15**

For more information and for high-res images contact Sunni Fass, sunni@lotusfest.org, 812-336-6599  

Bloomington, IN – The 23rd annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival will return to the heart of Bloomington, Indiana in 2016 on September 15th-18th, filling […]

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