About Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Bloomington. Our mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts. Now going into its 26th year, the festival attracts more than 12,000 people to downtown Bloomington annually each fall, for 4-5 days of music and arts from around the globe. Through the Festival, Lotus creates a rare opportunity for audiences to experience places far removed from their everyday routines and to broaden their worldview through the arts. Lotus is committed to selecting world-class performers who represent the highest standards of musicianship and professionalism. Lotus is distinguished among festivals by not relying on “headliners”, but rather presenting a non-hierarchical mix of performers and prioritizing discovery and inspiring encounters with the new and often unfamiliar. Lotus is also somewhat unique in considering American music as part of the “world” in “world music”– be that American roots and folk music, or music reflecting our tapestry of immigrant experiences. Each year, the festival typically showcases a roster of 25-30 different artists or groups.