27 Thursday / September 27, 2018

Lotus Kick-Off Concert featuring Uncle Earl and Mamadou Kelly

07:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood

Don’t miss the long-awaited Lotus reunion of Uncle Earl (US), the stringband supergroup that is Abigail Washburn, Kristin Andreassen, KC Groves, and Rayna Gellert. An opening set with Mamadou Kelly (Mali) sets the mood. Also, be there to see the first reveal of our new 25th-year stage backdrop!

Entertainment / Festivals / Live Music

28 Friday / September 28, 2018

Festival Arts Village

06:00 pm to 10:00 pm
6th Street between Walnut and Washington

Free all-ages fun and open to the public, Arts Village is located in the heart of the Festival. Enjoy two full evenings of interactive installations, visual arts, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and more!

Featured activities include “Maracatu: Celebrations form Brazil to Bloomington” Carnival-inspired make-n-take ganzas (Brazilian rattles), community banner installation, and demo/performance; Lotus mandala experience; hulu hoopin’; chalk art masterpieces

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28 Friday / September 28, 2018

“Big Tent” Multimedia Experience

06:00 pm to 10:00 pm
4th and Washington Streets (fenced area)

Big Tent, a 360° video and audio projection installation/venue (free, located at 4th & Washington), leverages immersive technology to create a unique, communal viewing experience for Festival attendees. In this age of individual hand-held screens, Big Tent echoes the Festival ethos in creating opportunities for people to interact and share a transformative multimedia experience. Students and faculty from across the IU and IUPUI systems have been artistically challenged to create meaningful, original work for this large-scale, A/V-surround environment, and the results include works with video and sound, experimental film/cinema, game design, real-time video capture, and archival celebrations of the 25-year Lotus journey.

Festival participants will not require a ticket to enjoy this exciting installation — the experience is free and open to the public.

Entertainment / Festivals

28 Friday / September 28, 2018

Friday Evening Showcases

06:00 pm to 12:00 am on Sep 29
various venues in downtown Bloomington

YOUR WRISTBAND is your passport to music and dance from around the globe! Venues range from classic theaters and clubs, to standing-room street tents, to churches where traditional music shines. Single-night or Fri/Sat weekend passes available.

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28 Friday / September 28, 2018

Projection Mapping Display

10:00 pm to 12:00 am on Sep 29
Monroe Co. Courthouse

When it gets dark, be sure to turn your attention to the Monroe County Courthouse dome for for a dazzling 360° “projection-mapping” display celebrating 25 years of the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in Bloomington. The creative team at local Blockhouse Studios, in partnership with Lotus, will light up the Courthouse dome and clock tower with imagery and special effects inspired by the “Lotus vibe” of 25 years as well as the intricate details of this historic building’s architectural features. A visual focal point for the anniversary Festival, the projections will be on display from sundown to midnight on both Friday and Saturday showcase evenings and will be visible from most downtown locations. Viewing is free and open to the public. Also presented in honor of the City and County Bicentennial celebrations.

Entertainment / Festivals

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus Festival Unwind Yoga Part 1

10:00 am to 12:00 am

Restore yourself mid-Festival with a unique yoga experience set inside a special art installation. Students of all levels are welcome to join this accessible practice and encouraged to work at their own level. Sessions contain multiple segments and participants may drop in or leave as they choose. Multiple teachers will be on hand to demonstrate and assist.

Presented by Samantha Eibling Yoga.

All donations support Lotus Blossoms, the educational outreach program of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation.

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29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus in the Park

12:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park

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 is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of Lotus sponsors, donors, and grantors.


12:00-12:45pm — GLOBAL VOICES: Aynur (Turkey), Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (Hawaii), and Anandi Bhattacharya (India)
2:00-2:45pm — AMERICAN ACOUSTIC: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (US), Sam Amidon (US), and Hawktail (US)
2:30-3:15pm — Bicentennial Song with Jeff Cannon
4:15-5:00pm — Orquesta el Macabeo (Puerto Rico)
1:00-1:45pm — Gao Hong & Issam Rafea (US, China, Syria)
3:15-4:00pm — Maracatu Brazilian Rhythm Workshop with Colleen Haas and Women of Mass Percussion

Hands-on art activities inspired by global traditions and local partners
City of Bloomington Latino Outreach – fold Mexican paper flowers!
Indiana Limestone Symposium – try your hand carving Limestone with local artists.
Lotus – Brazilian Carnival Maracatu instruments, including ganzas (shakers) to use in the Lotus Parade! Contribute to a collaborative circle weaving project too.
Mathers Museum of World Cultures – make crafts featuring hats, animals, and instruments relating to the museum’s current exhibitions Heads and Tales, and Playing with Animals: Musical Instruments.
Newfields – create masks! Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition Making Faces: The Remarkable Masks of Master Bidou Yamaguchi.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site – paint a mural inspired by this celebrated Indiana artist.
Park your bicycle in the Salt Creek Cycles Bike Corral – Lower your Festival footprint by cycling to the Park! Cyclists receive a 15% discount coupon for a purchase at Salt Creek Cycles. With maps and info from the Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety’s Commission.

Located on Lincoln Street near the park playground. Cash and credit cards accepted. Vegetarian and meat options available.

La Poblana Mexican Food Truck: Burritos * Tacos * Tortas (Mexican Sandwich) * Chips & Queso * Nachos Poblanos * Tamales * Quesadillas * Taco Salad * Special Platters * Variety of sides * Beverages (Horchata, Jamaica Hibiscus Tea, Mexican Coke, Jarritos, Water, Sodas)
Pili’s Party Taco: Burros / Burritos * Tacos * Tortas (Mexican Sandwich) * Nachos * Elotes (Grilled Mexican Corn) * Gringas (Flour tortilla filled with cheese, al pastor (meat), and pineapple; grilled like a quesadilla)
The Chocolate Moose: Ice Cream (Variety of homemade ice cream flavors including vegan options) * Beverages (Water, Boylan’s soda, STIR Mobile drinks, Teavana tea, Circle City Kombucha)

Entertainment / Festivals / Live Music / Outdoors

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus Festival Parade

08:30 pm to 09:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington

Meet at 4th & Washington; ends at Buskirk Chumley Theater.

Follow the big brass-band sounds of Festival artist Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada) and join in as the procession takes over Walnut Ave. Grab a flag, shake a tail feather, and be part of the celebration!

Entertainment / Festivals / Outdoors

30 Sunday / September 30, 2018

Lotus Sunday World Spirit Concert

03:00 pm to 05:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

The 2018 Commemorative Pin ($5) gets you into the Sunday World Spirit Concert so that you can wrap up your Festival weekend with a celebration of music close to home with a salute to Indiana musician Quinten “Lotus” Dickey. Features film, stories, and songs with Dillon Bustin & Bob Lucas (US) and a performance by 2018 Lotus Dickey artist Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (US).

Sponsored by the IU Kelley School of Business.

Your pin purchase supports our free programming . . .and is your ticket to Sunday’s World Spirit Concert. This year’s pin design is based on artwork by Julie Barnett. Purchase your pin at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office, at the Festival Store (during the Festival), and at the World Spirit Concert.

Festivals / Live Music

6 Saturday / October 6, 2018

BCGC Grand Opening and Glass Pumpkin Preview

05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
229 W. Grimes

Come join BCGC as we open our doors to the public for the first time! Get a tour of the classrooms, the gallery and the glass blowing studio. Ask questions of our staff and sign up for a glass class.

Can’t wait for a scheduled class? We will have a drop-in fused glass suncatcher workshop from 5-8 in our classroom. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

This is also our Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Preview! Come for a sneak peak of the pumpkins that will be featured at the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch October 13. In addition, any supporter who makes a tax exempt donation of at least $50 may purchase up to two pumpkins at their marked price at the preview.

We will have food trucks on hand and wine provided by Oliver Winery. Come help us make an evening of it!

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