LIVING TRADITIONS FESTIVAL

Events that foster community conversations around social justice, equity, and diversity by presenting folk art that reflects both the unique qualities of various cultures and the similarities of human experience.

By preserving the cultural traditions of their community, Living Traditions artists make a great contribution to our sense of place and help demonstrate Salt Lake City as a diverse and vibrant place to live. Admission is free for all event attendees, which brings together over 90 cultures that have made Salt Lake City their home.

More information on 2022 Festival coming soon!

PREFORMING ARTS

The traditional performances of music and dance provide a rich array of rhythm, movement, instruments, and vocals that engage the audience.

Music and dance are often at the heart of cultural expressions found in every community, developed for celebratory, sacred and daily occasions. The performances also represent all ages, connecting the generations. These performing groups commit to preserving the traditional songs and dance of their respective communities and spend many hours in classes, rehearsal, and preparation.

CULINARY ARTS

The food market is a multicultural dining adventure, offering the traditional foods of various ethnic communities.

One of the most anticipated elements of the Festival are the food vendors which are organized by local businesses, non-profits, and community groups who use the proceeds earned at the festival to re-invest in their year-round cultural programming, such as classes, workshops, performances and festivals. For the volunteer cooks, as well as family and community members who assist, the Food Market provides the opportunity to gather and share their most delectable food traditions with everyone who attends the festival. The food market also serves as an incubator for small businesses.

CRAFT MARKET

Exceptional examples of traditional crafts are created on-site 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 and demonstrate traditional crafts, materials, and techniques. Artists often share the history of the art form, as well as how they became interested in it. The traditional materials and techniques are part of the story as well. Many of the Living Traditions craft demonstrators have been recognized with awards for excellence.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Local arts and cultural organizations paired among diverse community members is what make Salt Lake City a vibrant place to live. Engage with these organizations and learn more about their mission and how to get involved.

2021 FESTIVAL

May 15

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May 22

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May 23

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May 29

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June 26

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2021 SPONSORS

The Salt Lake City Arts Council and the Living Traditions Festival thank all of those who contribute to the success of this annual celebration of our community. We acknowledge the following organizations/companies for their commitment to the Living Traditions Festival program and for their contributions of time, effort, and generous financial support.

PRESENTING SPONSORS

PARTNER SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS