ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Established in 1994, the Festival is one of the oldest world music festivals in the U.S. and the only festival of its kind in the state of Indiana. Now going into its 24th year, it attracts more than 12,000 people to downtown Bloomington each fall, for four days of music and arts from around the globe.
In addition to the more traditional concerts on Thursday and Sunday, the Festival transforms downtown Bloomington on Friday and Saturday night, creating a 10-block pedestrian-friendly perimeter and filling 6-8 different venues simultaneously with music and dance. Venues include a range of public spaces, from large outdoor tents perfect for dancing, to family-friendly city parks for interactive workshops, to intimate churches and art spaces suited for attentive listening and contemplation.
ACCESSING THE FESTIVAL
The Thursday Kick-Off Concert is a reserved seating event, requiring a paper ticket. To access the festival on Friday or Saturday night, trade your ticket in for a wristband that provides access to all Festival venues, allowing listeners to sample, discover, and relish unexpected encounters. To join the World Spirit Concert on Sunday, flash your 2017 Commemorative Pin at the door instead of a ticket.
In addition to ticketed evening showcases, Lotus presents a free Saturday “Lotus in the Park” event with workshops and concerts, a free and interactive Arts Village displaying community-generated visual arts, as well as parades, processions, and exhibits. Lotus is committed to accessibility and to drawing the widest possible cross-section of participants to become part of the music and arts of the world around us.
For an up-to-date performance schedule and artist details, visit www.lotusfest.org.
TICKET & PASS OPTIONS
The Lotus All-Inclusive Package includes a ticket to Thursday’s concert, a weekend pass, and a Lotus pin for admission to Sunday’s concert.
BUY ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE
LOTUS KICK-OFF CONCERT
Thursday, September 28, 7pm
$23/day-of-show purchase (if available)
The Kick-Off Concert gets you into the Lotus groove, featuring the Swedish string sounds of Väsen. Kick off the Festival with one of Bloomington’s all-time favorite Lotus artists! Please note that this year the Kick-Off concert is a reserved seating event. Doors will open at 6:30pm.
The Thursday Kick-Off concert is sponsored by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design.
BUY THURSDAY CONCERT TICKETS
Friday, September 29, 6:15pm – midnight
$30/advance purchase for child, student (w/ID), senior (62+), active military
$35/day-of-show purchase for child, student (w/ID), senior (62+), active military
BUY FRIDAY ONLY PASS
Saturday, September 30, 6pm – midnight
$34/advance purchase for child, student (w/ID), senior (62+), active military
$39/day-of-show purchase for child, student (w/ID), senior (62+), active military
BUY SATURDAY ONLY PASS
Friday & Saturday Pass
$72/Festival Friday purchase
A wristband is your passport to all 15+ globe-spanning performances on Friday night! Venues across downtown range from the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, to standing-room-only street tents, to churches where traditional music shines. An up-to-date schedule and artist details are available at www.lotusfest.org.
BUY WEEKEND PASS (FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY)
LOTUS WORLD SPIRIT CONCERT
Sunday, October 1, 3pm
A 2017 Commemorative Pin grants you admission to the Sunday World Spirit Concert, the Festival’s beautiful wrap-up event featuring Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic (US/Croatia) and Maria Pomianowska & Reborn (Poland). Pins are available at the BCT Box Office (114 E. Kirkwood Ave.) and other Lotus locations. Pins are not available online, unless purchased as part of an All-Inclusive Package.
The doors will open at 2:30pm for this general admission performance.
The World Spirit Concert is sponsored by Smithville.