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No stranger to the sights and sounds of Bloomington’s Lotus Festival, the Finnish folk group Frigg made a notable mark on the weekend-long event’s musical lineup.

Celebrating the New Year

Gulhayo Kobilova, April 2014

Cemil Kurt is a visiting Turkish lecturer in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies during the 2015 fall semester.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Turkish Language and Literature and a master’s degree in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language from Ankara University.  His term at IU is jointly sponsored by American Councils and IU’s Turkish Flagship Center. The following is a write-up by Cemil’s students, Neeli Southwick and Caroline Stokes.


Baltic Crossing:

With driving guitar and bass beats accompanying a fiery fiddle and the odd-looking, but lilting, Northumbrian smallpipe, the quartet of Baltic Crossing kicked off the Lotus festivities on Thursday and Friday. The members, who were English, Danish, and Finnish, each showcased unique talents and tunes that had audiences doing everything from sitting in cozy silence to clapping along joyously.

In February 2013, I was in Kyrgyzstan as a Fulbright scholar when newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry made his first major slip when he invented the country of “Kyrzakhstan”.