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.
2017 Living Traditions Community Partners Application
We invite local non-profit organizations to become a community partner of the Living Traditions Festival and have the opportunity to engage our audience and present them with information and materials relating to your organization. Our local community partners help create a more vibrant and dynamic festival atmosphere! Our community partners receive a 10×10 booth space along with other base equipment (table, chairs, power, lights).
There is a $300 fee to participate and participants must commit to the entire weekend.
2017 Living Traditions Craft Workshops
Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru)
Get your ink on! Ebru is the traditional Turkish art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments onto a pan of oily water and then transferring the patterns to paper. Known as paper marbling, this art is commonly used for decoration in bookbinding. The knowledge and skills of Ebru artists are traditionally passed down through apprenticeships; with our FOLK ART MAKE-AND-TAKE you will receive a fun, free hands-on introduction to this centuries-old art form.
*All materials provided for participants. Space is limited — advance sign-up required. Minimum age 10+.
Elvan Akkaya was born and raised in Turkey. Due to her strong interest from an early age in Turkish Paper Marbling or “Ebru, she attended a professional course and became a certified Ebru Artist in 2011 in Turkey. Since then, she has exhibited her art pieces in Arizona and Utah. She teaches students different techniques of Ebru Art through several courses and private classes.