Sponsor a Lotus Event

Festival tent crowd

Every year, Bloomington comes alive for the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival — the flagship event of the nonprofit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation.

Established in 1994, Lotus is the oldest world music festival in the U.S. and the only festival of its kind in the state. Now in its twenty-first year, it attracts more than 12,000 people to downtown Bloomington annually, for four days of music and arts from around the globe. Fans come from across the country and throughout the state, generating an estimated local economic impact of more than $500,000. Downtown restaurants and businesses, including hotels, report a significant uptick in business on Lotus weekend.

The Festival includes both free and ticketed events at multiple venues — providing a wide range of performances and other events for all ages, as well as offering Festival sponsors diverse opportunities for recognition.

Festival admission sales cover just over 60% of the cost of the Festival.  Lotus raises the rest through generous sponsors like you. We invite you to be part of our tradition, and help create the magic of Lotus.


For further information, contact us at 812-336-6599. To support Lotus with an annual gift as an individual donor, visit our Friends of Lotus page for full information.

Image: 2013 Lotus World Music Festival performance tent; photo by Nana Zheng