Friday, September 28, 2012
The Lotus Festival: From a First-Time Volunteer's Perspective
Categories: The IU Student Perspective
The Lotus Festival turns Bloomington into an international music and cultural experience. Located in the downtown area, you can walk to all the venues and the 15 minutes between performances is plenty of time to change venues. Some of the streets are even closed to vehicles, which makes it even easier to walk around and not have to wait on traffic. The performances I attended this year were energetic, making me feel like I should get up and dance. In between performances there were magic tricks to watch, fire jugglers, improv bands and dancers that made the atmosphere feel festive. The performances are very diverse and come from a large variety of countries. For example, Friday shows that ended the night were: gypsy jazz fusion, world a capella, New Orleans brass and world music, Swedish hip-hop and swing, and choro.
On Saturday, I was a volunteer at the Festival Store. This let me also see how the festival is from the worker's perspective instead of an attendee. When performances finished, the store would get extremely busy with people buying CD's of the artists they just watched which made it crazy at moments but all the people were very nice and enthusiastic from watching a great performance they loved. At the end of the night, Movits came to the store to sign autographs which was another plus to see. I'm so glad I volunteered to work one of the nights. It added to my experience at Lotus making it unforgettable. People who have never been before definitely must go to the festival. I can't wait to see the line up for next year!
A special thank you to our student Information Specialist, Steffi, for this guest blog post. Steffi is a Tourism student at Indiana University.