Living Traditions Festival celebrates traditional culture of Salt Lake’s ethnic communities

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) One of Salt Lake’s most lively events is returning this weekend. Megan Risbon, Art Events Production Manager of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, joined Emily Clark, to take us inside the Living Traditions Festival.

This is the 33nd year of the Festival. It is produced and put together by the Salt Lake City Arts Council. The Living Traditions Festival is a three-day multicultural festival celebrating the traditional music, dance, crafts and foods of Salt Lake City’s contemporary ethnic communities.

Admission is free for all festival attendees, which brings together over 80 cultures-both native &
foreign-that have made Salt Lake City their home. Living Traditions honors the cultural activities of these groups, which are maintained and handed down from generation to generation, and are based on traditional practices, techniques and materials. Some are thousands of years old, some are only performed at community celebrations, and others
are practiced within families on a daily basis.

There will be nearly 40 craft artists from all different backgrounds and heritages. The food market will have a huge selection of savory and sweet choices, from Indian tacos to egg rolls, chorizo sandwiches to curries, and baklava to lassi drinks. There will be nearly two dozen food market participants.

The festival will also have:

  • School Day Program on Friday – welcome and kickoff by Mayor Biskupski
  • 100 performing artists throughout the weekend
  • Bocce ball
  • Kids area

The Living Traditions Festival will be held Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20 at the Salt Lake City and County Building and Library Square.
May 18 – 5-10p.m.
May 19 – 12 – 10p.m.
May 20 – 12 – 7p.m.

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