This week on Artworks, it’s all about the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. This highly-anticipated yearly event brings celebrated artists and groups from the corners of the world to Bloomington, Indiana for a jam-packed weekend of concerts and other creative experiences.
We’ll take you inside the Lotus Festival as it prepares to take over most of the downtown square this weekend. We’ll explore the concept of world music, preview several of the acts, and speak with an artist who will be making her Lotus debut. We’ll also learn about the volunteers who make it all happen and visit an art exhibition on the fringe of the festival.
Stories On This Episode
By Rachel Lyon - Jun 28, 2011
Staples is a legendary performer who's received Grammy nominations in blues, gospel, folk and pop alike.
By Yaël Ksander - Sep 20, 2011
The magic dust that transforms Bloomington into a multicultural mecca for Lotus weekend also converts mere mortals into an elite corps of volunteers.
By Rachel Lyon - Sep 20, 2011
"Each one of these carpets has the effect of calming me. I just love to look at them. I'm sort of mesmerized by them."
By Annie Corrigan - Sep 20, 2011
Her brand of American roots music, with its blues, rockabilly, country and jazz influences, will fit right in at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.
By Michael Kapinus - Sep 20, 2011
The 18th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival will feature performances by 26 groups, including the Creole Choir Of Cuba, the Orchid Ensemble and Dikanda.