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September 2019

26th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

September 26, 2019 - September 29, 2019
Downtown Bloomington, 100 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, 47408
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Save the date for the 26th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival as it returns to the heart of Bloomington, Indiana,  September 26-29, 2019.  We look forward to our 26th year of filling the downtown streets with an eclectic blend of global sound and spectacle. For more than two decades, the non-profit Lotus Education and Arts…

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Free Lotus Festival Events

September 26, 2019 - September 29, 2019

The Lotus Festival schedule is packed! From performances with artists to interactive art exhibits. There’s something for every person of every age. The best part? So many Festival events are free, thanks to donors, sponsors, and all the volunteers that bring it together. Here are some of the free activities happening at Lotus Festival next…

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Cicada Song — A Workshop/Demonstration of Music and Culture of the Dong (Kam) People of Southwestern China

September 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408 United States
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Cicado Song Workshop featuring Yandong Grand Singers of China Thursday, September 26   |  5:00 pm Mathers Museum of World Cultures   |   416 North Indiana Ave. FREE Living in the mountainous areas of Southwestern China, the Dong (Kam) people have developed a unique culture in which music plays a central part. Without a…

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Lotus Thursday Kick-Off Concert

September 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, 47408 United States
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$20 – $25

  Lotus Kick-Off Concert Featuring Çudamani Thursday, September 27   |  7:00 pm (Doors 6:30) Buskirk-Chumley Theater   |   114 E. Kirkwood Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 day of show   Every year the Lotus Kick-Off Concert begins the fun and excitement for Lotus Fest. Don’t miss this year’s opening concert featuring the remarkable Çudamani ensemble…

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Lotus in the Meadow

September 26, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dunn Meadow, N Indiana Ave
Bloomington, IN 47405 United States
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Free

Lotus in the Meadow with 47Soul Thursday, September 26   |  9:00 pm Dunn Meadow   |   Corner of Indiana Ave. & 7th St. FREE Walk down after the Lotus Kick-Off Concert and put on your dancing shoes for a new co-production with Lotus and the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU). Indiana University (IU) Union Board…

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Lotus Festival Arts Village

September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019
6th Street b/w Walnut & Washington, 100 E. 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408 United States
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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…

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Festival Unwind Yoga I

September 28, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 221 E 6th St
Bloomington, IN 47408 United States
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Free

Festival Unwind Yoga I Sat. Sept. 28 10:30am-noon First Presbyterian Church,  Lyman Hall (221 E. 6th St.) Enter from the doors facing the parking lot behind the church on 7th St. Students of all levels are welcome to join these accessible practices and are encouraged to work at their own pace. Sessions contain multiple segments…

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Frontera Bugalú Connecting Borders Community Celebration

September 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, 505 W. 4th St.
Bloomington, IN 47404
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Free

Saturday, September 28 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Far Center for Contemporary Arts | 505 W. 4th St FREE  |  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  |  ALL-AGES Participate in an interactive workshop with Frontera Bugalú, learning rhythms of "border folk" music, along with some choruses to songs touching on social issues experienced by those who…

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Lotus in the Park

September 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Waldron, Hill, & Buskirk Park, 331 S. Washington
Bloomington, 47404 United States
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Free

Lotus in the Park Saturday, September 28   |   Noon – 5:00pm Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park (Third Street Park, 331 S. Washington St.) FREE  |  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  |  ALL-AGES A full afternoon of performances, workshops, and hands-on fun for the whole family!  Bring your lawnchair or blanket and enjoy the festivities.  Lotus in the Park…

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IU Marching Hundred Drumline

September 28, 2019 @ 8:40 pm - 9:00 pm
Monroe County Courthouse Lawn & Kirkwood Ave, 100 W. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington,
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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.

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Festival Unwind Yoga II

September 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut
Bloomington, IN 47404 United States
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Free

Festival Unwind Yoga II Sun. Sept. 29 11am-12:30pm Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Rose Firebay (122 S. Walnut St.) Students of all levels are welcome to join these accessible practices and are encouraged to work at their own pace. Sessions contain multiple segments and participants may drop in or leave as they choose. Multiple…

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Songwriting Workshop with Sofía Viola & Dat Garcia

September 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, 47408 United States
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Free

Sunday, September 29 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Monroe County Public Library | 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Meeting Room 1C FREE | Limited Capacity | Pre-Registration required Learn songwriting from #LotusFest2019 artist Sofía Viola with Dat Garcia. FREE Workshop for women ages 12+. Empower women in music! All women and non-binary people are invited…

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Sunday Closing Concert

September 29, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, 47408 United States
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$5

Sunday Closing Concert with Steam Machine and Jayme Stone's Folklife Sunday, September 29  |  3:00 pm (Doors at 2:30 pm) Buskirk-Chumley Theater  |   114 E. Kirkwood Admission: Your commemorative 26th anniversary Lotus Pin Each year the Sunday Closing Concert wraps-up the Lotus Fest weekend with a celebration of music close to home with a salute…

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January 2020

Ice Carver Artist Talk

January 10 @ 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Dimension Mill, 642 N. Madison
Bloomington, IN 47404 United States
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Ice Carver Artist Talk Promo

Join Lotus and Freezefest for a FREE breakfast and hear from internationally recognized master ice carvers of Bloomington’s inaugural Freezefest 2020. Bloomington’s inaugural Freezefest is a community celebration designed to beat the winter doldrums with fun interactive activities for the entire family to enjoy together. Show that you are attending or interested in the event…

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IU Lotus Club General Body Meeting

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies, 355 N. Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
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Free

Do you love world music, visual arts, or education? Are you a student at IU looking for volunteer opportunities? Join the Lotus Club and take part in spreading cultural awareness and acceptance through the arts. Go to room 1106.

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February 2020

Lotus at the Bloomington Music Expo

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monroe Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave
Bloomington, Indiana 47403
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$5 – $10

The Bloomington Music Expo is a celebration of all things music in Bloomington, Indiana. Join us at Bloomington’s only public vinyl show February 7-8, 2020 featuring a huge sale of vinyl, cds, tapes, art, apparel, food and craft beer plus live music by world-renowned artists.

Tickets are $5, students are free with a valid student ID. Shop and explore an hour before the doors open to the public on Saturday morning for $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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April 2020

Cielito Lindo Lotus Live-Stream Concert

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lotus Facebook and Youtube Pages

Join Lotus and Cielito Lindo for a Lotus Live-Stream Concert! Chicago-based Cielito Lindo features all nine members of the Lucero family, who perform modern, Latino mariachi. You will be able to see this live-stream concert on the Lotus Facebook page and the Lotus YouTube page at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Cielito Lindo was…

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May 2020

Lotus Live-Stream Concert Featuring Aaron Jonah Lewis

May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Lotus Facebook and Youtube Pages

Join us for a Lotus Live-Stream Concert featuring award-winning banjo and fiddle player Aaron Jonah Lewis. Aaron was supposed to come to Bloomington with his group The Corn Potato String Band for our annual, four-week intensive outreach program, Lotus Blossoms, but was unable to because of the virus. The concert will take place on our…

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Lotus Live-Stream Concert Featuring Kardemimmit

May 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lotus Facebook and Youtube Pages

Lotus is thrilled to announce another Lotus Live-Stream Concert featuring Finland-based band Kardemimmit. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. EDT on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Simply navigate to one of these pages at 12:00 p.m. and you will see the live video. Feel free to ask Kardemimmit questions in…

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June 2020

Lotus Lineup Release Party, Virtual Edition

June 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Even though we need to be distant physically, we can still enjoy each other's company, find out the amazing lineup for this year's Lotus Festival, and savor some excellent beer, cider, or non-alcoholic beverages from our event partner, Switchyard Brewing Company. The Lineup Release Party will take place on Thursday, June 25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.…

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