LIVING TRADITIONS PRESENTS

The Living Traditions Festival returns to Washington and Library Square

May 20, 21, & 22, 2022

The Living Traditions Festival supports the diverse artistic traditions and perspectives through the presentation of both historical and contemporary customs, facilitating thoughtful conversations about the unique qualities of various cultures, and the similarities of the human experience, while creating bonds among community members. 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.

PERFORMING ARTISTS

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.

Friday, May 20th: 5 pm – 10 pm

NORTH STAGE

TBA
5:15 – 5:45

Mariachi Aguilas de la Esperanza
6:00 – 6:30

Grupo Folklorico Danza y Color Utah
6:45 – 7:15

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
7:30 – 8:15

Danzas Chile
8:30 – 9:00

Malialole Polynesian Cultural Arts Ensemble
9:15 – 10:00

SOUTH STAGE

ASOCOEX – Asociación de Colombianos en el Exterior
5:15 – 6:00

Harp Irish Dance Company
6:15 – 6:45

Ballet Folklorico Bolivia
7:00 – 7:30

De Colores
7:45 – 8:15

Celtic Country Dancers
8:30 – 9:00

Latin Dance Heritage
9:15 – 10:00

AMPHITHEATER 

Red Branch
5:15 – 5:45

Divya School of Dance
6:00 – 6:45

Ballet Folklorico Eck Juvenil
7:00 – 7:30

Mountain West Highland Dance Association
7:45 – 8:15

Cubania
8:30 – 9:00

Diego Brazuca Band
9:15 – 10:00

LAWN

Wasatch & District Pipe Band
7:15 – 7:45

Saturday, May 21st: 12 pm – 10 pm

NORTH STAGE

Dionysios Greek Dancers
12:15 – 1:00

World Dance Company
1:15 – 1:45

Grupo Folklorico Tollan
2:00 – 2:30

Utah Okinawa Kenjinkai
2:45 – 3:30

Expresion Andina
3:45 – 4:15

Weber State University Ballet Folklorico
4:30 – 5:00

New Zealand American Society-HIONA
5:15 – 6:00

Utah Argentina Alliance
6:15 – 6:45

Kenshin Taiko
7:00 – 7:45

Ballet Las Americas de Utah
8:00 – 8:30

Utah Samba Quintet
9:00 – 10:00

SOUTH STAGE

Viva Mexico Ballet
12:15 – 12:45

Salt Lake Chinese Dance Arts & Eastern Arts
1:00 – 1:30

Salt Lake Scandinavian Music & Dance
1:45 – 2:15

Kulturang Pilipino Ensemble
2:30 – 3:00

Viva Peru Dance
3:15 – 3:45

Halau Ku Pono I Kamalani
4:00 – 4:45

Tutulli Ballet Folklorico
5:00 – 5:30

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers
5:45 – 6:15

Nuevas Raíces Bolivia
6:30 – 7:00

Tausala
7:15 – 8:00

Ballet Folklorico Citlali
8:15 – 8:45

Rumba Libre
9:00 – 10:00

AMPHITHEATER 

Community Building Services
12:15 – 12:45

Kargi Kala Kendra
1:00 – 1:30

Utah Tibetan Association
1:45 – 2:15

Ballet Folklorico Sabor Latino
2:30 – 3:00

South Sudanese Nuer Dancers
3:15 – 3:45

Iranian American Society
4:00 – 4:30

Mi Viejo San Simón Utah
4:45 – 5:15

Ararat Evangelical
5:30 – 6:00

Nepalese Association of Utah
6:15 – 6:45

Bazeen
7:00 – 7:30

Sabor Tropical
7:45 – 8:15

Neon Nativez
8:30 – 9:00

Los Hermanos de los Andes
9:15 – 10:00

LAWN

Hopi Dance Group
2:00 – 2:30

Pacific Heritage Academy
3:00 – 3:30

Pacific Heritage Academy
3:45 – 4:15

Salt Lake Capoeira
5:00 – 5:30

Sunday, May 22nd: 12 pm – 7 pm

NORTH STAGE

Viva El Folklore
12:15 – 12:45

Venezuela Cantando
1:00 – 1:45

Bulgarka
2:00 – 2:30

Chaskis Peruvian Traditions
2:45 – 3:30

Ulhaas – Bengali Association of Utah
3:45 – 4:15

Men of Valor
4:30 – 5:15

Utah Punjabi Arts Academy
5:30 – 6:00

Bomba Marilé
6:15 – 7:00

SOUTH STAGE

Anton Family Band
12:15 – 12:45

Utah’ko Triskalarisk
1:00 – 1:30

Pennyland
1:45 – 2:15

Intertribal Pow Wow
2:30 – 4:30

Rio Bravo Conjunto Los Castillos
4:45 – 5:30

Khemera Dance Troupe
5:45 – 6:15

TBA
6:30 – 7:00

AMPHITHEATER 

Nitya Nritya Dance Company
12:15 – 1:00

Robb “Little Owl” Martin
1:15 – 1:45

Wat Dhammagurnaram Dancers
2:00 – 2:30

Rangtaali – 2:45 – 3:00

Bora Vadiar
3:30 – 4:00

Desert Wind
4:15 – 5:00

Chris Dokos
5:15 – 5:45

Ayllupura
6:15 – 7:00

CULINARY ARTISTS

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.

8th Street Greek Food: Western European – Greek
African Spice: African – Sierra Leonean/Ghanaian
Asociación de Colombianos en el Exterior: Latinx – Columbian
Basque Club of Utah Western: European – Basque
Italian-American Civic League: Western European – Italian
Jayhawks: Native
Mama Africa Kitoko: African – Congolese
National Tongan American Society: Oceanian – Tongan

Nepalese Association of Utah: Asian – Nepalese
Pakistani Association: Middle Eastern – Pakistani
Peruvian Traditions: Latinx – Peruvian
Sobe Eats Culinary Concepts: Latinx – Mexican
St Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church: Eastern European – Serbian
Arempas: Latinx – Venezuelan
Utah Argentina Alliance: Latinx – Argentine
Utah Tibetan Association: Asian – Tibetan
Vietnamese Volunteer Youth Association: Asian – Vietnamese

CRAFT ARTISTS

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.

ALLI AROCHO: Puerto Rican Vejigante Masks

DIANE MOFFAT: Armenian Hand-knotted Rugs

MARLA LOVE & ARTE PRIMERO: Mexican Day of the Dead Art

BRENT KARTCHNER: Woodturning

CLARA AMEZCUA: Mexican Piñatas

CLAUDINE NIYONSENGA & EUGENIA BARIGENERA: Burundian Baskets

DONATO RAIMONDO: South Sudanese Clay Bulls

DEEANNA PRICE: Twined Rag Rugs

ECOLOGIC ARTS: Peruvian Weaving

ED NAPIA & RAD CUCH: Maori Arts & Northern Ute Beadwork

Saturday & Sunday Only

EI MER KAREN WEAVING GROUP OF UTAH: Traditional Weaving from Myanmar

ZULMA AREVALO: Latin American Folk Jewelry

FRANCES ROGERS & AMANDA ONTIVEROS: Mexican Paper Flowers

Friday Only

FREEZE RAWHIDE: Traditional Cowboy Crafts

HALAU KU PONO I KAMALANI: Hawaiian Leis & Crafts

CHUE THAO: Hmong Embroidery

INGRID HERSMAN: European-style Decorated Eggs

KATHERINE POLEVIYAOMA: Acoma Pueblo Pottery

KEN YAMANE & JUDY IWAMOTO: Japanese Origami & Bonsai

MARIA ELENA LOWE & HERMANAS LU’UM: Mayan Weaving

ANA BROOKS, ANTONIO SILVEIRA, LORENA LÓPEZ, GLORIA HERNÁNDEZ: Mata Ortiz Pottery

NIKOLAY MOTRO: Belarusian Woodcarving

FERRELL PETERSON: Western Woodcarving

PURUHÀ ARTS: Ecuadorian Wood & Nut Carving

RUPALI MUNOT: Indian Henna Art

SOUTH PACIFIC ISLAND ART: Tongan Bone Carving & Polynesian Crafts

ELIZABETH PETERSON: Bobbin Lace

TOHAHANI BEADWORK & SEWING: Navajo, Ute and Hopi Beadwork & Sewing

UTAH UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY: Ukrainian Crafts

WALKER CUSTOM BOOTS: Bootmaking

Friday & Saturday Only

ZEYNEP KARIPARDUC: Turkish Crafts

PANELS

Meet the Artist Panels offer an opportunity for festival visitors to join a conversation with some of Utah’s most accomplished folk and traditional artists. Artists will share stories about their art, family, and community while discussing their motivation for continuing their traditional arts practice. These will be located in the old comic book shop on Library Square.

SUNDAY
4:30-5:15 Meet the Artist Panel – Utah Ukrainian Community

WORKSHOPS

Join the workshops at the Living Traditions Festival! Learn from the artists whose craft has been handed down through the generations, making its way to share their culture with the community.

Where: lower level of SLC Public Library
Pre-registration is required!

Mexican Paper Flowers

Mexican American artist Frances Rogers will teach you how to make your own paper flower arrangement.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Register here

Ukrainian Dolls

Instructor Kateryna Zelensky will teach participants how to construct and decorate a traditional fabric doll.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Register here

Capoeira & Brazilian Dance Fusion

Living Traditions artists Carla Locatelli and Alexia Medeiros will introduce you to different dance styles: capoeira, samba, and more!
Saturday, May 21, 2022
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Register here

Puerto Rican Vejigante Masks

Puerto Rican artist Alli Arocho will teach you how to make your own Vejigante mask using paper mache.
Sun, May 22, 2022
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Register here

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.

FILM SCREENINGS

Join us for another medium to celebrate living traditions – film! These screenings will be located in the auditorium on the main level of the Salt Lake City Library.
FRIDAY at 6 p.m.
The film screenings will kick off with a celebration of the past 35 years of the festival with videos highlighting longstanding Living Traditions Festival artists and stakeholders. During this time we will also premiere additional Living Legacy videos that highlights how our Living Traditions community keeps their traditions and legacies alive today.

Join Sundance Institute at the 2022 Living Traditions Festival to watch four short films from past Sundance Film Festivals featuring stories from the UK, Canada, Ethiopia, and the US.

WHEN: Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22
WHERE: Salt Lake City Main Library Theater (210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111)
TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 pm MST

Precious Hair & Beauty

(Sundance Film Festival 2021)
Directed by John Ogunmuyiwa
United Kingdom | 11 min

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Bereka

(Sundance Film Festival 2020)
Directed by Nesanet Teshager Abegaze
U.S.A., Ethiopia | 7 min

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This Is the Way We Rise

(Sundance Film Festival 2021)
Directed by Ciara Leina`ala Lacy
U.S.A. | 12 min

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Now Is The Time

(Sundance Film Festival 2020)
Directed by Christopher Auchter
Canada | 16 min

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ACCESSIBILITY

Restrooms, stages, inside the Library and all vendor booths are ADA accessible.
There is ADA parking available on 500 South at 200 East.

For an ADA accommodation, questions, or additional information, please contact Dawn Borchardt at the Salt Lake City Arts Council – (801) 535-6553. People with disabilities may make requests for reasonable accommodations no later than 48 hours in advance of intended attendance.

We also welcome and value all feedback as we strive to continue to improve our festival’s accessibility.

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