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Orchid Ensemble Performance

Meadowwood Retirement Community 2455 N Tamarack Trail, Bloomington, IN

The Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. Since 1997, Lan Tung (Taiwan/Canada) on the erhu/Chinese violin, Xiaomei Zhu (Canada/China) on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion have developed a bold, wide-ranging repertoire that includes traditional and contemporary music of China, […]

Firebay Event: Adilei Yodeling Workshop & Performance

Lotus Firebay 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN

Stop by the Lotus Firebay to learn how to yodel with the men of Adilei (Republic of Georgia) and stay for a performance by Adelei.  Both the workshop and the performance are free events, though donations are welcome. About the Artist Though the six vocalists of Adilei hail from diverse backgrounds, the art of choral polyphonic traditions […]

FREE / Donations Welcome

Adilei at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN

Adilei offers the students of Indiana University a chance to learn more about the Republic of Georgia with Georgian choral polyphony. Presented by the Russian and East European Institute, the event takes place in the Shreve Auditorium at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Affairs. About the Artist Though the six vocalists of Adilei hail from […]

Adilei at Eskenazi Hospital

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital 720 Eskenazi Ave., Indianapolis, IN

Though the six vocalists of Adilei hail from diverse backgrounds, the art of polyphonic traditions binds them together. Adilei’s music is rooted in the western Georgian province of Guria, the home to the most intricate and colorful form of Georgian polyphonic folk singing. Gurian song devotes equal attention to all vocal elements to create unique melodies that come together […]

Sin-Isan Performance

FAR Center for Contemporary Arts 505 W. 4th St., Bloomington, IN

Lotus joins FAR Center for Contemporary Arts and IU Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies to present an evening with Thailand's Sin-Isan.  Sin-Isan performs Northeastern Thai music and dance. The Isan region in northern Thailand has its own distinct culture and language.  Considered the “rice bowl” of Thailand, Isan shares important heritage with neighbors Cambodia and Laos. […]

Fourth and Rogers Block Party

4th & Rogers 201 S Rogers St, Bloomington, IN

All are invited to celebrate the beginning of Bloomington summer with a First Friday block party on the evening of Friday, June 7 from 5–9 PM. West Fourth Street will be closed for a block on either side of Rogers Street with plentiful art, food, music, and activities for all ages. The event is organized […]

Lotus at Arts Fair on the Square

Lotus will be onsite at the 39th annual Arts Fair on the Square with an interactive booth featuring “A Light in the Dark” Luminaria and Lantern Traditions of the Southwest Border Regions and Beyond. Make-n-take Lotus luminary. A Community Luminaria installation is planned during the 26th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival (Sept. 26-29, 2019). […]

Free

Lotus Lineup Release Party

Switchyard Brewing Co 419 N Walnut St, Bloomington, IN

Join us for the first-ever Lotus Lineup Release Party for your first chance to listen to and learn about the artists performing during the 2019 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival!  The special evening will include Switchyard's brews, Pili's Party Tacos, and special introductions featuring some of Bloomington's most well-versed music advocates. You'll also have first dibs on pre-sale […]

“Blindstitch Bloomington” Community Quilting Bee

Lotus Firebay 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN

“Blindstitch Bloomington” community quilting bee with textile Artist Molly Evans,  in partnership with the NOISE Project, will result in an installation at the Arts Village (Sept. 27-28, 2019) during the 26th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Date: Wed. July 24th Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. (drop-in event) Location: Lotus Firebay, 105 S. Rogers St. All […]

Free

Lotus Festival Arts Village

6th Street b/w Walnut & Washington 100 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN

FESTIVAL ARTS VILLAGE Friday, Sept. 25 & Saturday, Sept. 26 | 6:00 – 10:00 pm each night 6th St., between Walnut & Washington | FREE Enjoy two evenings of engaging activities for the whole family! Create chalk-drawing masterpieces, get your hula-hooping on, make a Lotus luminaria, and take a stroll through the installation, make a mandala, be part […]

IU Marching Hundred Drumline

The Indiana University (IU) Marching Hundred Drumline makes a welcome comeback to this year's 26th Lotus Festival. The Drumline functions as an integral part of the IU Marching Hundred. Expect a top-notch performance bridging beats from gown to town. The Drumline Director is led by Ben Handel.

Community Shopping Event

If you want to get started on holiday shopping, here's a great way to support both Lotus and artisans around the world. Shop online at https://www.globalgiftsft.com between 10/20 and 11/20, use the code LotusFest10, and 10% of your purchase amount will go to Lotus!!

Lotus Wooden Lantern Workshop

Lotus Firebay 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN

Limit of five family/individual stations per workshop.
Craft tables will be stationed six feet apart.
Wooden frames, glue, and additional supplies will be provided.
Age five and up.
Must wear masks for the entire workshop.
Lotus will provide hand sanitizer and keep sliding doors cracked open, to allow for fresh air.
The Lotus Wooden Lantern Workshops are part of the Lotus Lantern and Luminaria Project, an initiative to bring the glow of lanterns to our Bloomington community, as the days shorten and the nights get longer. To celebrate lantern traditions from around the world, Lotus is working with a few lantern artists to create templates for building lanterns that can be used decoratively in homes and businesses, or on walks, to light the way.
Find more information about the Lotus Lantern and Luminaria Project HERE:

Free

Lotus Light up the Night

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On the longest night of the year, we’re hoping to light up downtown Bloomington with a variety of handmade lanterns and luminaria! Since we can’t gather together, we welcome Bloomington residents and business owners to beautify and brighten the city on the night of December 21st. Simply display a lantern of your choice in your […]

MLK Day “On” Food Drive for Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Lotus Firebay 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN

Make it a day “on” this Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 18) by bringing food donations to the Lotus Firebay for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.  Click for the Hoosier Hills Food Drive Wish List. Lotus employees will be listening to our Lotus Winter Playlist with the doors open to the Firebay and […]

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World Premier: They Still Want To Kill Us

Find the links to the world premiere of “They Still Want To Kill Us” Below. Lotus Education & Arts Foundation, in conjunction with arts organizations from around the country, presents the world premiere of “They Still Want to Kill Us,” an uncensored aria performed and composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, featuring mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and directed by […]

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First Friday Lotus Workshop

Lotus Firebay 105 S Rogers Street, Bloomington, IN

Free to the community! Come enjoy a preview of the activities for the Lotus Festival in September. You get to make some fun designs created by our Lotus Festival Visual Artist Shelley Qian, community member Marlen Rust, and Lotus Operations and Visual Arts Program Manager Amanda Hutchins. Just a small detour from the First Friday […]

Free

First Friday Lotus Workshop

Lotus Firebay 105 S Rogers Street, Bloomington, IN

Free to the community! Come enjoy a preview of the activities for the Lotus Festival in September. You will get to make some fun designs created by our Lotus Festival Visual Artist Shelley Qian, community member Marlen Rust, and Lotus Operations and Visual Arts Program Manager Amanda Hutchins. Just a small detour from the First Friday Gallery Walk located on Rogers and Kirkwood. Our Firebay doors will be open with volunteers at tables eager to show you our fun activities.

Free

Lotus Latin Night

Lotus Firebay 105 S Rogers Street, Bloomington, IN

Join us on October 14th for the first of our monthly, Lotus Latin Nights, taking place on the second Thursday of every month from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the Lotus Firebay, 105 S Rogers. Dance to salsa, bachata, cumbia, timba, and merengue, curated by DJ Maria.

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