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Lineup announced for 25th Lotus World Music and Arts Festival


Howard Wiley plays the saxophone at the Pictura Gallery and Old National Bank tent at the 2017 Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. The 25th annual Lotus Festival will take place Sept. 27 to 30. Bobby Goddin

The 25th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival will take place Sept. 27 to 30. The festival features 29 artists from more than 15 countries, including China, Mali, Somalia and France. Festival passes and one-day tickets will be available Aug. 1.

Genres include contemporary string music, Hawaiian hulu, Congolese soukous and Swedish folk rock. A complete list of artists is available on the Lotus festival website.

Lotus Festival is one of the oldest world music festivals in the United States, according to the Lotus press release. 

Established in 1994, the festival attracts more than 12,000 people annually. 

“Through the Festival, Lotus creates — on a grand scale — the rare opportunity for audiences to experience places far removed from their everyday routines and to broaden their worldview through the arts,” according to the Lotus press release.

The festival is the flagship program of the non-profit Lotus Education & Arts Foundation. Its mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures through music and the arts, according to the press release.

Clark Gudas 

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