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Press Releases:

05/23/2019: Lotus Receives Gift From 100+ Women Who Care
05/15/2019: Lotus Announces New Executive Director
04/15/2019: Lotus, FAR, and IU S.E. Asian And ASEAN Studies to Host 15-member Thai Ensemble Performance On Tuesday
04/08/2019: Lotus Hosts Yodeling Workshop and a Capella performance
03/21/2019: 24th Annual Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar Takes Families on a Globe Trotting Adventure
02/28/2019: First-ever Lotus Spring Event Season Opens with Immersive 360º Multimedia A/V Technology and Creative Community Collaborations
02/04/2019: Lotus Education & Arts Foundation Seeks Executive Director

02/08/18: Lotus to Receive $35,000 Grant From the National Endowment for the Arts
02/19/18: Robust Spring “Blossoms” Lineup Shows that Lotus is Much More Than a Festival
07/01/18: Lotus Lineup Released

10/25/17: Lotus Looks to Renovate Space to Bring “More Lotus” to Community
9/6/17:  Lotus Celebrates Diversity Through World Music and Art
7/24/17: 2017 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Preview
3/13/17: Grammy-Winning Pipa Virtuoso to Perform for Free
3/6/17:  Lotus Blossoms Delivers Diversity to Schools, Community
1/19/17: Lotus contributes over 11,500 stars to “One Million Stars to End Violence”

12/13/16: Lotus Receives 2017 NEA Funding Award
8/26/16: Lotus Infuses Downtown Bloomington with Global Music – Complete Event Details
8/17/16: Chef David Tallent Curates Lotus Food Truck Village
7/11/16: Lotus Festival Lineup Unveiled 2016
5/23/16: Lotus Stars to be at 2018 Commonwealth Games
5/9/16: Edible Lotus 2016 Press Release
3/1/16: Lotus Announces Lotus Blossoms 2016 Artists & Events
1/7/16: Lotus Launches “One Million Stars to End Violence” Project

6/16/15: Edible Lotus

2019 Media Coverage:

Limestone Post: 05/21/19 Student Review: Yodeling Group Adilei at Childs Elementary “an Eye Opener”
Herald-Times: 05/16/19  Tamara Loewenthal Named Next Director of Lotus
Indy Star 04/19/2019: It’s easy to find Indiana music festivals, usually at a nice price.
Herald Times 04/14/2019: ‘Sing your own melody’: Adilei brings songs of Eastern Europe to Marlin Elementary

World Music Central 01/05/19: Globalfest Announces 2019 Award Winners

Herald Times 01/09/19: 24th Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar – Family Day
WFIU 01/15/19: Lotus Director Stepping Down After Five Years
sNEWSI01/15/19: Lotus seeks new executive director
Herald Times  01/16/19: Lotus seeks new executive director
Limestone Post 01/30/19: Cure Cabin Fever with a February Calendar Full of Events
Bristol Herald Courier 02/16/19: NEA awards $215,000 to 9 Indiana arts nonprofits, 2 artists
WFIU 02/22/19: Lotus To Open New Headquarters In Renovated Firehouse
The Media School 02/26/19: Big Tent: Replay
Pollstar 03/01/19:  The Business Of Boutiques: How Big Ears And Knoxville Is A Win-Win-Win
Herald Times 03/02/19: World music and more: Lotus Blossoms features events open to the public
Herald Times 03/02/19: Big Tent experience returns to Alumni Hall during Lotus Blossoms
Paoli News Republican 03/27/19: Paoli experiences rich tradition of Tuvan throat singing

2018 Media Coverage:

People’s World 11/20/18:The importance of WOMEX and other cultural summits
IU 11/12/18: Aynur Performs at Lotus
WFHB 11/03/18: More Lotus Benefit with Moira Smiley and DJ Kyle Long, Lotus Global Arts Center, 105 S. Rogers Street, Bloomington, IN
Nuvo 11/03/18: More Lotus Benefit with Moira Smiley and DJ Kyle Long
Hossier Times 11/03/18: More Lotus Benefit, with Moira Smiley and DJ Kyle Long
Tunend up 10/31/18: 2018 Lotus Fest Celebrates a Quarter of a Century of Bringing in Acts From All Over the World to Bloomington.
Herald Times 10/29/18: Lotus kicks off year-round programming initiative with concert
WFHB  10/26/18: More Lotus Benefit with Moira Smiley and DJ Kyle Long, Lotus Global Arts Center, 105 S. Rogers Street, Bloomington, IN
Nuvo 10/23/18: More Lotus Benefit with Moira Smiley and DJ Kyle Long
IDS 10/18/18: Windfall Dancers Inc. allows people to dance, share love for the creative arts
IDS 10/17/18: Gallery: The process of performance
Expedia 10/15/18: Looking at cities that have a lot going on
IDS 10/01/18: News you need to know for Monday, Oct. 1
Herald Times 10/01/18: Swedish band gets Fairview students up and dancing
IDS 09/29/18: Gao Hong and Issam Rafea blend two ancient cultures of music  09/29/18: This is Lotus, Come and go as you are
IDS 09/29/18: Rio Mira brings marimba music to Buskirk-Chumley Theater
IDS 09/28/18: In churches and on street corners, Lotus Festival blooms
IDS 09/27/18: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Through the Years
IDS 09/27/18: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival kicks off 25th year
IDS 09/27/18: No ticket to Lotus World Music and Arts Festival? No problem
WFIU 09/27/18: Bloomington’s Lotus Festival Will Celebrate 25 Years
IDS 09/26/18: Q&A: Needmore Coffee Roasters owner talks coffee roasting and business running
WFYI 09/26/18: Cultural Manifesto
IU Podcast 09/25/18: Ep.97 Lotus World Music and Arts Festival with Executive Director Sunni Fass and Interim Artistic Director Rob Simonds. 
IDS 09/25/18: 25th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival begins tonight at the Buskirk
Herald Times 09/25/18: Lotus will feature band that can play on stage and in the streets
Limestone Post 09/25/18: Guest Column: Lotus Artists Follow Hearts, Challenge Social Injustices
Broadway World 09/24/18: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Celebrates 25 Years
Bloomington Latino 09/24/18: Rio Mira en Bloomington @ Lotus Festival
Herald Times 09/24/18: Puerto Rican ensemble brings salsa with a message
Herald Times 09/23/18: Voice of Lotus Various Vocal Styles from Around the World
Herald Times 09/23/18: Lotus T-shirts and Pins through the years
Herald Times 09/23/18: Designer’s Lotus Shirt Honors Festival’s Years of World
Btown Lowdown Podcast 09/23/18: Lotus!
Herald Times 09/22/18: 25 years of Lotus: Festival kicks off Thursday with American, African music
IU Media School 09/18/18: Big Tent at Lotus will Immerse Festival Goers in 360 Degree Faculty Student Work 
IDS 09/18/18: Geoffrey Bradley has been blooming with Lotus Festival for over a decade
News at IU Bloomington 09/17/18: IU volunteers help make Lotus World Music and Arts Festival a Bloomington institution
Americans for the Arts 09/16/18: Lotus Festival Parade
Herald Times 09/16/18: Padma Potion is a collaboration in celebration of upcoming Lotus festival
Indy Monthly 09/13/18: Lotus World Music Festival
World Music Central 09/09/18: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Announces 2018 Program
WBIW 08/31/18: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Celebrates 25 Years With Largest Lineup Of Artists And Spectacles To Date
Chicago Tribune 08/30/18: Take in a music and arts festival in Indiana, celebrate Route 66 in Springfield and more
Visit Bloomington 07/30/18:Experience The World Without A Passport in Bloomington, IN
NEA 07/26/18: Sunni Fass and LuAnne Holladay
Herald Times 07/10/18: County grants OK’d for Planned Parenthood, All Options, many other agencies
WBIW 07/05/18: More Than 25 Artists To Perform At 25th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival In Bloomington
IDS 07/03/18: Lineup announced for 25th Lotus World Music and Arts Festival
Herald Times 07/02/18: Lotus announces lineup for 25th festival
Bloom 06/27/18: Lotus Festival Celebrates 25 Years of World Music
Herald Times 06/22/18: Bloomington Arts Commission announces 2018 arts project grant recipients
BIW 06/18/18: Bloomington Arts Commission’s 2018 Arts Project Grants & Reception Wednesday
Herald Times 04/22/18: Arts district continuing to develop west of downtown Bloomington
Herald Times 04/05/18: Photos: ‘Just Whittlin’ Around’
Brown Co Democrat 04/04/18: PHOTO GALLERY: Dance of Hope visits Brown County High School
IDS 3/30/18: Dance of Hope inspires Monroe County Public Library audience
Herald Times 3/29/18: At the Library: March 29-April 4
IDS 3/26/18: Dance of Hope seeks to educate, inspire
WFIU 3/18/18: A year of firsts: Lotus Blossoms hosts robust lineup of international artists
WFIU 2/23/18: Lotus Blossoms lineup announced
WBIW 2/20/18: Robust Spring “Blossoms” Lineup Shows That Lotus Is Much More Than A Festival 
IDS 02/16/18: Indiana arts organizations receive NEA grants
IN Arts Commission 02/07/18: Nine Indiana arts programming providers to receive NEA grants

2017 Media Coverage:

Herald Times  11/18/17: “Hello, City Life” — from SoMax to SoHo
WFIU 11/01/17: Lotus Meets $50K Crowdfunding Goal For HQ Building Renovation
WFIU 10/27/17: Lotus Goes Beyond Festival With New Headquarters
Tuned Up: 10/3/17: Indiana’s Best Kept Secret, Lotus Fest Brings World to Bloomington
Indy Monthly 10/3/17: We Just Saw Music Unite
IDS 10/2/17: Monday Rundown
Inside Indiana Business 9/30/2017: Bloomington’s Culture
IDS 9/30/17: Lotus Festival Promotes Inclusion, Unity
Herald Times 9/29/17: Danish Knitter Isabel Berglund Brings Social Art Project to Lotus
Herald Times 9/29/17: Music to God’s Ears? Churches Become Music Venues for Lotus
IDS 9/29/17: Väsen Brings Spirit and Noise to Lotus Festival
We Are IU 9/28/17: What You Need to Know to Have the Perfect Lotus Fest
Herald Times 9/28/17: Lotus Fest Gets Off to a Cranky Start
Herald Times 9/28/17: Good Morning Bloomington, Things to Know for Thursday
IBJ 9/28/17: Five Things to Keep in Mind If You’re Attending Lotus Festival
IDS 9/28/17: Lotus Fest Activities Include Yoga, Poetry
IDS 9/28/17: Lotus Fest Honors Tradition and Diversity
Nuvo 9/27/17: Lotus Fest Smashes the Patriarchy
WFHB 9/27/17: Meklit – WFHB Interview Lotus 2017
Indiana Public Radio 9/26/17: Social Art: Isabel Berglund’s Handknit Sculptures
WFHB 9/26/17: Making Movies WHFB Interview Lotus 2017
WFHB 9/25/17: WFHB Lotus Festival 2017 Special Programming
IDS: 9/25/17: Four Activities to Make You Feel Like Fall Has Arrived
IBJ 9/25/2017: Priority List Includes Bloomington’s World Class Lotus Fest
Herald Times 9/24/17: 2017 Lotus festival includes old favorites, new appearances
Herald Times 9/24/17: Iranian artists bring their music, heritage to Lotus
Herald Times 9/24/17: Preteen siblings to strum and sing at Lotus
IDS 9/23/2017: Big Tent Coms to IU
9/22/17: Lotus Live: Kaia Kater
WFHB 9/22/17: Lotus Live: The Outside Track
WFHB 9/22/17: Lotus Live: Trio da Kali
WFHB 9/22/17: Lotus Live: Lo’Jo
9/22/17: Lotus Live: Sahba & Nagmeh
WBIB 9/13/17: 24th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
Depauw 9/13/17: Performing Arts Series Presents Singer-Songwriter Rachel Sermanni, Sept. 27
IDS 9/2/2017: Aural Arts to be Performed at 4th Street Festival
Nuvo 8/30/2017: Ten Fall Festivals Perfect for Leaf Pile Jumping
Limestone Post 8/24/2017: World Music Trailblazers Bring Innovative Sound to Lotus
IU Newsroom
8/21/2017: Art Museum Update
Herald Times 7/28/2017: BTown is an Arts Paradise
Limestone Post 7/25/2017: Two Lotus Fest Trios Offer Twists on Traditional Music
MAAF 7/14/17: Southern Exposure 2017-2018 Grants Announced
Herald Times 7/9/17: Lotus lineup features past favorites, new performers
Limestone Post 7/5/17: Lineup for 24th Lotus World Music Festival Announced
WBIW 6/26/17: Bloomington Arts Commission’s 2017 Arts Project Grants & Reception
Herald Times 6/15/17: Taste of Bloomington, Arts Fair on the Square this weeken
WFHB 5/31/17: Lotus Live: Rahim AlHaj
WFHB 4/28/17: Lotus Live: Wu Man
Limestone Post
4/27/17: Rahim AlHaj: Lotus Blossoms Visiting Artist
WBIW 3/24/17: Grammy-Winning WuMan to Perform at Buskirk-Chumley
IDS 3/23/17: Grammy-Nominated Musician Returns to Bloomington
Indiana Statesman 3/22/17: Students Shine While Making Stars to End Violence
IDS 3/21/17: 22nd Lotus Blossoms Event Unites International Artists 
Herald Times 3/19/17: Lotus Blossoms Lets Children Hear Music From Around the World
WBIW 3/17/17: Lotus Blossoms Delivers Diversity to Schools & Community
WFYI 3/8/17: Cultural Manifesto: WuMan
NUVO 3/6/17: Cultural Manifesto: Pipa Virtuoso WuMan
Herald Times 2/4/17: Lotus officials say travel ban could affect festival
IDS 1/16/17: Lotus, Mathers Museum team up for final One Million Stars public weaving event
IDS 1/13/17: Mathers Museum plans community star weaving event
IU Newsroom 1/4/17: Indiana University campuses hosting several activities celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Inside Indiana Business 1/4/17: NEA Boosts Indiana Art Projects

2016 Media Coverage:

IDS 12/6/16: Collins Philanthropy weaves stars to promote awareness of interpersonal violence
IN Dept of Tourism 11/9/16: 2016 Award Winner: Best Music Festivals
Ivy Tech Community College 10/28/16: Ivy Tech Waldron announces Community Arts Award winners
IDS 9/19/16: Lotus bands highlight diversity from around the world
Herald Times 9/17/16: Lotus Festival: ‘You never know what you’re going to see’
Herald Times 9/16/16: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival off and running
IDS 9/14/16: Founder of One Million Stars to End Violence speaks at Mathers today
IDS 9/14/16: Award-winning chef updates Lotus Festival’s Food Truck Village
NUVO 9/14/16: Lotus artist 2016: Palenke’s Soultribe’s Afro-Colombian vibes
NUVO 9/12/16: Lotus artists 2016: Alsarah’s futuristic Sudanese sound
IndyStar 9/7/16: Five reasons to visit Bloomington: #1 Go International at Lotus Festival
WFYI Indianapolis 9/2/16: Cultural Manifesto / Indiana’s Lotus Fest (artist interviews and more)
IDS 9/1/16: Eskenazi to celebrate collections after hours during First Thursdays (Lotus One Million Stars project)
IDS 8/30/16: Professor introduces Lotus Festival artists’ talent and backgrounds
#Enthuse Afrika 8/20/16: African Artists To Perform At American Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
IDS 8/19/16: CultureFest After-Party allows students to explore museum (Lotus One Million Stars project)
Lafayette Journal & Courier 8/18/16: Festival highlights world music, arts
IU Bloomington Newsroom 8/17/16: Indian classical master Amjad Ali Khan returns to IU for residency
Inside Indiana Business 8/15/16: Funding Aimed at Marketing Bloomington Events
Bloom Magazine 8/12/16: 100 Reasons to Love Bloomington
Music in Africa Magazine 8/4/16: Mokoomba, Alsarah, Dawuni and Fendika for Lotus Festival in USA
Songlines Magazine 7/29/16:  International Festival Guide 2016-2017
Herald Times 7/19/16: Lineup announced for annual Lotus Fest
IDS 7/13/16:  Lotus Fest 2016 lineup announced
Herald Times 6/8/16: City arts commission to award 17 grants
Inside IU Bloomington 5/4/16: IU interior design students get real-world experience with Lotus Foundation project
Bloom Magazine 4/11/16: Bloomington Open Studios: Visit Artists Where They Work
IDS 4/12/16: Bloomington has sixth annual craft beer festival (covers Lotus as charity partner)
Herald Times, 4/11/16: Teachers learn origami at Lotus Blossoms workshop
Herald Times, 3/31/16: Lotus Blossoms provides cultural learning for kids
IDS 3/21/16: Lotus Blossoms bring arts to community
USA Today 2/7/16: 7 fun, quirky things Bloomington, Ind. has to offer
IDS 12/10/15:  2 Bloomington organizations receive arts grants


2015 Media Coverage:

IDS, 1/11/15: Lotus Education and Arts Foundation receives grant
Herald Times, 2/20/15: The show must go on: Artist brings Japanese folktales, storytelling to kids
Indiana Public Media, 2/24/15: From A Lotus Field In Osaka, To A Spring Festival In Indiana
Visit Bloomington, 2/24/15: 11 Sure Bets in B-town for March, 2015
Herald-Times, 3/23/15: Lotus events for kids help understanding blossom
WGCL, 3/23/15: Glass in the Morning
WBIW, 5/11/15: Bloomington Arts Commission Announces 2015 Arts Project Grant Award Recipients
Business Insider 5/12/15: The 10 best small cities for educated millenial
Indiana Public Media, 7/15/15: Ask the Mayor: Bloomington’s Mark Kruzan
Herald Times, 7/16/15: City gives old fire station to Lotus Foundation
Indiana Public Media, 7/16/15: City Partnership Establishes Lotus Headquarters, Art Center
IDS, 7/22/15: Lotus Festival line up announced
World Music Central, 7/26/15: Lotus World Music Festival Announces 2015 Lineup
All Access, 7/27/15: tUNe-yArDs Headlines Lotus World Music & Arts Festival In Bloomington, IN, September 24th-27th 
IDS, 8/28/15: 13 Bloomington events receive grant funding for 2016
IDS, 9/2/15: Lotus Festival will return with worldwide talent, spectacle
Nuvo, 9/2/15: Bloomington facts and events, 9/9/15: Nano Stern leads his “Mil500 turns” to the US
Visit Bloomington, 9/10/15: Blog – home Lotus Festival 2015
JC Online, 9/16/15: Lotus festival highlights global grooves
Inside IU Bloomington, 9/16/15: IU alum Sirin Pancaroglu brings Simdi Ensemble to Lotus Festival, IU residency, video here
Herald Times, 9/19/15: Lotus brings an international sound to Bloomington’s downtown
Herald Times, 9/19/15: B-town native Brenner returns to rock Lotus stage
Indy Star, 9/20/15: Fall Arts Guide 2015: Arts Journalism Fellow name their top picks
Chicago Tribune, 9/20/15: Polka time in Galena just one of the Midwest fests
Fresh Figs Marketing, 9/21/15: What’s There Not to Love About the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
IDS, 9/23/15: Lotus Festival Preview
Nuvo, 9/22/15: Lotus artist Ester Rada navigates identity
Adire African Textiles, 9/23/15: “Seeing Red: World Textiles” in Bloomington, IN
IDS, 9/24/15: The history of the Lotus Festival
Indiana Public Media, 9/24/15: Lotus Foundation Brings Food Trucks To Annual Festival
Herald Times, 9/25/15: Opening Lotus concert has fans singing, dancing
Herald Times, 9/26/15: The language of Lotus: Festival musicians speak to audiences in magical ways
Herald Times, 9/27/15: Lotus goes from day into night
IDS, 9/27/15: Lotus Festival offers lively, multicultural experience
Indiana Business Journal, 9/27/15: Visit Bloomington helping fund unique events
Limestone Post Magazine, 9/28/15: Dancin’ in the Streets (and Much More)
Indiana Public Media, 9/28/15: Lotus 2015 Celebrates Local Legends And Welcomes The World
Bloom Magazine, 9/29/15: Lotus Festival 2015 (Video and Photo Gallery)
Indiana Business Journal, 10/22/15: LOU’S VIEWS: Combining the best of indoor and outdoor festivals
IDS, 10/29/15: Tune-Yards bassist goes solo
IU Textiles Department student blog: Caravan – A Student Blog for the IU Textiles Department 2015 Lotus Festival Art Installation
Videos of Festival performances: Duane Busick’s You-Tube Channel

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 Lotus is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. In addition to the Festival, it annually offers concerts, arts events, community workshops, and Lotus Blossoms educational outreach. Every Lotus event supports our mission: To create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts.