Book Review

Bringing the World to Our Neighborhood: The Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

by LuAnne Holladay

Quarry Books; $29.95

A most enjoyable retrospective of "the little festival that could." What began as a "daring, modest" venture in Bloomington, Ind., in September 1994, 20 years later is still daring but hardly modest. Named in honor of the beloved balladeer Lotus Dickey of Paoli, Ind., the book's final paragraph captures the essence of "a collective effort... hoping to promote cultural exchange...Lotus is not just good music, or dancing in the street, or visits to schools. It is a belief that we can transcend language and express ourselves clearly through the music and other arts. It is a cultivation of curiosity, insight, and understanding...a gesture that brings people together in the celebration of a broad, beautiful view of humankind."

The layout and photographs are truly lovely, the text reads like a story in wonderment over how it all happened over and over. You'll savor moments and personalities. If you haven't ever been to Festival these performance-packed pages definitely will entice you to show up.

Alas, nowhere in the book is there any contact information for the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Nor is there an index. Either or both would make it easier for the public to attend and look something up for sharing with a friend. To order: Call 1-800-842-6796 or log onto http://iupress.indiana.edu.

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