Plans for the 2019 Living Traditions Festival

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The Living Traditions Festival returns to Salt Lakce City May 17th-19th. Megan Risbon, Art Events Production Manager, joined Good Morning Utah to talk about the plans for this years festival.

To learn more you can visit the event’s website.

Included below is some of whtat was discussed:

How excited are you for this year’s festival, how many people are you expecting?

  • It’s the unofficial kickoff to the summer festival season
  • Largest multi-cultural Festival in Utah, now in our 34th year. Some artists have presented all 34 years
  • We’re expecting over 30,000 people
  • The festival itself is constantly evolving, new things to see and do this year

For people who have never been, what can they expect?

  • Celebration of Salt Lake City’s many cultures
  • You can see dance, crafts, food, and demonstrations from
    • 88 performing groups
    • 30 craft artists
    • 22 international food vendors
  • You can literally eat your way around the world this weekend

You many different cultural groups are represented, why is that important?

  • It’s unbelievable how many different cultural communities we have in Salt Lake City
  • 90 different cultures are represented at the festival
  • It’s important to highlight Utah’s diversity
  • Learn new cultures and embrace them
  • The festival brings all of these groups out to the public so we can appreciate who we are

Do you think people love to see the food or the art more?

  • Everyone has their own favorite thing
  • Sights, sounds, families
  • Fun to see the youth groups perform, carrying on family traditions
  • New this year — Expanded Kids Area with hands on art making and activities

You mentioned there are new things to see and do this year, tell us a little more about that.

  • 15 hands-on workshops in music, dance, food, yoga, and crafts (this is new for 2019)
  • Learn the didgeridoo, make Mexican paper roses; cooking Filipino lumpias or preparing boulani and cilantro chutney; enjoying meditation, yoga, Bollywood dancing or hula.
  • New food vendors La Michoacana Ice Cream & Paletas, Bolivia Utah, Alliance Francaise SLC and Westminster French Club, more
  • New performers
  • We’re moving a block east to Library Square this year. Food vendors will remain on 200 East, closed between 400 South and 500 South;

Is there a best time to go?

  • Go to to see the full schedule and choose your own adventure
  • We have an insider’s guide on our website. If this is your first time and not sure where to start this is a great way to maximize your experience
  • The whole thing is FREE! Free Admission all weekend

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