Lotus Fest 2012: A Recap In Pictures

Photographs from the 19th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in downtown Bloomington.

  • Photo of brain sculpture at Lotus Fest

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    Photo: WFIU/Nash Hott

    Lotus Brain unveiled at Lotus Fest

  • A photo of the Lotus Brain sculpture

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    Photo: WFIU/Nash Hott

    Lotus Brain sculpture unveiled at Lotus Fest

  • People drawing a flower in sidewalk chalk

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    Photo: WFIU/Nash Hott

    Sidewalk chalk art from Lotus Fest

  • A photo of the marquee at the BCT

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    Photo: WFIU/Nash Hott

    The BCT marquee from Friday's Lotus Fest

  • a man playing a keyboard

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    Photo: WFIU/Nash Hott

    Taj Weekes and Adowa performing live

  • Belly dancers performing in the street

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    Photo: WFIU/Nash Hott

    Belly dancers perform outside the BCT

  • a woman dances with a glowing hoop

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    A member of the Hudsucker Posse dances for a crowd outside the Buskirk Chumely

  • glowing hula hoopers dance in the street

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    The Hudsucker Posse lights up the night with their glowing hoops.

  • a man plays guitar on the sidewalke

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    Street musicians dotted the walkways between concert venues.

  • a masked woman carries an inflatable fish

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    A procession of flying fish makes its way down Walnut St.

  • a group of drummers on the sidewalk

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    Ivory Coast drummer Dr. Djo Bi leads a drum circle for the passing crowds.

  • a woman draws with chalk on the street

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    A chalk artist adds the finishing touches to her creation on 6th Street.

  • a woman sings into a microphone

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    Vocalist Ana Saboya from the Madrid-based Canteca de Macao.

  • a man plays bass guitar

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    Bass player Pablo Carretero from Canteca de Macao

  • a rock band plays on stage

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    Canteca de Macao energizes the Lotus crowd.

  • a woman sings on stage in a yellow dress

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    Ana Bacalhau from Portugese band Deolinda.

  • a woman sings on stage

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wodo

    The band Deolinda performs for the Buskirk Chumley audience.

  • a man juggles flaming torches

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    A fire-juggling street performer wows a crowd at the corner of Kirkwood and Walnut.

  • a man plays the tuba in the street

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    A street performer plays everything from classical to hip-hop on his solo tuba.

  • a slight of hand artist

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    A slight-of-hand artist displays his talents for passersby in front of the Buskirk Chumley.

  • a dixieland band

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    Bloomington-based Mr. Taylor's Dirty Dixie Band performs on Kirkwood Ave.

  • a man operates a lighting board

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    One of many Lotus staff members operates the light board at the Buskirk Chumley Theater.

  • a woman sings and a man plays guitar and sings

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    (right to left) singer and guitarist John Doyle and singer Karan Casey, formerly of the Irish-American band Sólas.

  • a band plays on a stage

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    Photo: WFIU/David Wood

    (right to left) Irish musicians John Doyle, Karan Casey, and the Vallely Brothers close Lotus Fest's Saturday night at the Buskirk Chumley.

The Lotus World Music And Arts Festival celebrated its 19th year in Bloomington September 21-23. The festival featured live performances of musical artists from around the world alongside a wide range of local and traveling street performers. WFIU’s photographers were on hand to capture the mood of the weekend.

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