812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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Lotus Thursday Kick-Off Concert

Presented by: Lotus Ed. & Arts Foundation

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Advance: $USD 20.00

Day of: $USD 25.00


Thursday, September 26th 7:00 pm Buy Tickets


two costumed performers on stageThis year’s opening concert features the remarkable Çudamani ensemble of musicians and dancers, based in the village of Pengosekan, Bali. The district is known for its traditional arts, craft, and dance. Çudamani’s full gamelan orchestra (including metal gongs, xylophones, metallophones, drums, and bamboo flutes) accompanies dancers whose expressive, precise movements often mirror or answer the music. Performances bring to life tales of gods and heroes in Balinese myth and history. Everything about Çudamani – music, dance, highly decorated brass instruments, and the dancers’ elaborate costumes – provides a vivid look at ancient traditions. At intermission, a short film made by Jim Krause about the history of Lotus will be shown.

Artist details available at www.lotusfest.org.

Doors will open at 6:30pm for this general admission show. Prices will increase to $25 on the day of the performance. Click here to purchase advance discounted tickets for groups of 20 or more.

Following the concert, head to Lotus in the Meadow, presented by the Indiana Memorial Union. This free concert in Dunn Meadow will feature 47Soul, a Jordanian Palestinian group that translates traditional dabke rhythms (an Arabic folk dance) into a relentless, beat-driven “Shamstep,” electronic dance music with analog synth, hypnotic guitar, and powerful vocals in a mix of Arabic and English. You won’t want to miss these amazing performers.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts. All Lotus programming supports the institutional mission: the annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival,  Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach, and Edible Lotus, as well as a vibrant Visual Arts program.  Lotus also offers special programming and events with community partners throughout the year.

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