2017 Living Traditions Festival

Starting Friday May 19 and running through May 21, the 2017 Living Traditions Festival officially kicks off its 32nd year in the heart of downtown at the Salt Lake City & County Building and Library Square. The Festival is a free, three-day cultural celebration presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council.


Attendees will enjoy experiencing the many diverse art forms that make Salt Lake City an interesting and culturally rich place to live. The Festival includes dance, music, painting, sculpture, and culinary arts. Attendees can enjoy a Bosnian stuffed pita or West African samosa while watching Chinese dragon dancing or listening to Scottish bagpipes. There will be over 80 performances throughout the weekend showcasing a rich variety of traditional music and dance.


Special Guest Artist

omarA popular artist on the Syrian folk-pop circuit, Omar Souleyman is a wedding singer specializing in a high-octane version of dabke, a traditional style of music performed during line dances at weddings and other celebrations. A prolific artist, Souleyman and his band have recorded over 500 albums – mostly live recordings made at his wedding gigs – that have become a staple of music kiosks in major Syrian cities.


In addition to his diverse style, Omar Souleyman has also been part of a number of collaborations and remixes with such indie/electronic artists as Caribou, Four Tet, the Black Lips and Modeselektor.  His much anticipated new album will be released April 19.


Omar Souleyman will perform at the Living Traditions Festival on the North Stage on Friday, May 21 at 9:00 p.m.


More information about Omar Souleyman can be found on the Festival’s website: livingtraditionsfestival.com/special-guest-artists/


In addition to three live performance stages, the Living Traditions Festival also includes a craft area where more than 30 master craftspeople demonstrate and sell their traditional art forms, while teaching festival attendees the history, process, and cultural importance of their work. The always-popular food market includes traditional ethnic cuisines prepared by 19 local non-profit and community organizations, who use the proceeds earned at the festival to support their year-round cultural programming. Finally, the Living Traditions Kids Area provides youth hands-on opportunities to explore different cultural traditions.


The Salt Lake City Arts Council supports the preservation of Utah’s diverse cultural landscape and the artistic traditions that reflect our cultural perspectives. Sharing languages, arts, food, dance, and cultural traditions is imperative to sustaining a strong and vibrant community. The celebrated and regionally unique Living Traditions Festival is an anticipated event for the community as well as the participating artists. We all come together at Living Traditions.


What:         2017 Living Traditions Festival

When:        May 19, 5:00 -10:00 p.m.; May 20, noon-10:00 p.m.; May 21, noon-7:00 p.m.

Where:       Salt Lake City & County Building and Library Square (450 South 200 East)


For more information on the 2017 Living Traditions Festival, call 801-596-5000 or visit www.livingtraditionsfestival.com or the Festival’s Facebook, Twitter (@SLCLivingTrad) and Instagram (@SLCLivingTrad) sites.