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September 2019

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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FREE
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
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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
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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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September 2020

Lotus Fest Thursday-Night Livestream from the Firebay

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Lotus will kick off this year's festival with a Livestream Concert from the Lotus Firebay that will feature fantastic local musicians. This event is ticketed (Friday and Saturday night events are free). Buying a 2020 Festival Pin for $25 gets you "in” to both this event and the Sunday Livestream Concert – purchasers will be…

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Lotus in the Meadow

September 24 @ 9:30 pm
Dunn Meadow, N Indiana Ave
Bloomington, IN 47405 United States
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Free

This event is for IU students only. Please Register here. Kick-off the Lotus Festival with the Indiana Memorial Union! We'll be hosting a pre-recorded set of Nation Beat on our inflatable film screen. So grab a couple of close friends, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and prepare to dance the night away with your…

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Lotus Fest Friday-Night Virtual Festival

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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This event will feature livestream concerts from new-to-Lotus artists. These artists will likely join us in-person for the 2021 festival, so this is like a sneak peak. The event will also feature archived-artist performances from past Lotus Festivals. Many of the performances were selected based on how you responded to our survey about what bands/performances…

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Lotus at the Switchyard, live, physically distanced concert SOLD OUT

September 26 @ 1:00 pm
Switchyard Park, 1601 S Rogers Park
Bloomington, IN United States
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This Lotus event will take place at Switchyard Park and will be a physically distanced LIVE concert on Saturday afternoon. LIVE EVENT PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Featuring: Craig Brenner, Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste, Jenn Cristy Band This is a ticketed event. This…

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Lotus Fest Saturday-Night Virtual Festival

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lotus Facebook and Youtube Pages

This event will feature livestream concerts from new-to-Lotus artists. These artists will likely join us in-person for the 2021 festival, so this is like a sneak peak. The event will also feature archived-artist performances from past Lotus Festivals. Many of the performances were selected based on how you responded to our survey about what bands/performances…

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2020 Lotus Festival Unwind Yoga

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
Free

Lotus is delighted to once again offer our Lotus Festival Unwind Yoga on Sunday of the virtual festival! (Workshop takes places via Zoom)  IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK, PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE About this Event Lotus is delighted to once again offer our Lotus Festival Unwind Yoga on Sunday of the…

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Lotus Fest Sunday Livestream Concert

September 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Lotus will close out this year's festival with a final Local Livestream Concert. This event is ticketed. Buying a 2020 Festival Pin for $25 gets you "in” to both this event and the Thursday Livestream Concert – purchasers will be sent the link to the livestream via email in addition to a 2020 Lotus Festival…

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October 2020

Community Shopping Event

October 20 - November 20

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!!

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November 2020

Lotus Wooden Lantern Workshop

November 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers
Bloomington, IN 47404
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Free

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:

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