Living Traditions Festival
Produced by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the Living Traditions Festival is a FREE, three-day cultural celebration that presents the traditional music, dance, foods, and crafts of the ethnic communities that make Salt Lake their home.
More than 70 different cultural groups are represented each year through dance and music performances, craft sales and demonstrations, food booths, and youth crafts—from Bosnian stuffed pitas and West African samosas to Chinese dragon dancing and Scottish bagpipes, the sights and flavors of the Festival cannot be found at any other cultural event in Utah.
The preservation of Utah’s diverse cultural landscape along with the artistic traditions that reflect these cultural perspectives are imperative to sustaining a strong and vibrant community. That’s why the Salt Lake City Arts Council exists. That’s why the Living Traditions Festival matters. The sharing of languages, arts, food, dance, and cultural traditions is one of the most effective ways to bring about a common bond among people. Many of the local participating artists have been involved with the Living Traditions Festival from its first year, including Utah ‘Ko Triskalariak (Basque dancers), Swiss Chorus Edelweiss, and New Zealand American Society and have had several generations participate in the festival. Original performers are now watching their grandchildren and great-grandchildren carry on important cultural traditions. The over thirty-year commitment of these groups illustrates the importance of the festival as an opportunity to preserve and continue their respective cultures.
View The Living Traditions Website