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.

160520-dv_-lt-6340-1024x1024More 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.

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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.

Photo Credits: David Vogel Photography  and Photo Collective Studios


Coming soon: How to participate in the
2020 Living Traditions Festival!

There are many ways to get involved with the Living Traditions Festival. From performing one on of the four stages to presenting and selling traditional crafts or food, this unique community event showcases the diverse communities that make Salt Lake City their home. Sign up to get involved today! (Volunteer Applications will be available around March 2020)

160520-dv-lt-1030Food Market   The Living Traditions food market is a multicultural dining experience and one of the highlights of the Festival. 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.

Community Partner Booths  We value and appreciate our community partners! Our work could not happen without all of the other arts and cultural organizations that make Leo Booth at FestivalSalt Lake City a vibrant place to live. Spread the word about your program or upcoming events or host activities at your booth. If your organization is interested in having a booth at the 2020 Living Traditions Festival, please read through the guidelines and fill out an application today! Check back in early 2020 for the Community Partner Application & Guidelines.

2014 Living Traditions FestivalPerforming Artists   Music and dance are often at the heart of cultural expressions found in every community, developed for celebratory, sacred and daily occasions. The traditional performances of music and dance at Living Traditions provide a rich array of rhythm, movement, instruments, and vocals that engage the audience. With four stages at the Festival, performing groups can share their culture and artistry with audience members through dazzling costumes and energetic performances.

160520-dv-lt-4721Craft Artists   Exceptional examples of traditional crafts are created on-site at the Living Traditions Festival by masters of their respective art forms. These craft artists have acquired the skills and techniques that are passed down through generations or learned through apprenticeships. Craft items sold and presented at the Festival must be a traditional art form and handmade by the artist(s) presenting them. Craft Artist Interest Form to be made available in early 2020. Check back for updates.

View The Living Traditions Website