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 Food Vendor Application
The Living Traditions Festival food market is a multicultural dining experience, offering the traditional foods of many diverse ethnic communities. For many, the food market is the point of entry to enjoy the Festival, with a broad selection of savory and sweet choices. Audience members (as well as Festival staff) look forward to the opportunity to gather together and share some of the most delectable food traditions the Salt Lake community has to offer.
Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, By 5:00 P.M.
Please read all of the information included in the guidelines document before filling out & submitting an application to ensure you can meet the necessary criteria to be considered.
View The Living Traditions Website