Salt Lake City’s Living Traditions Festival will be celebrating the diverse culture of the city for three days on May 19-21, 2017. Traditional music, dance, foods and crafts will be surrounding the Salt Lake City County Building and Library Square downtown.
Salt Lake has been enriched with over 50 cultures, both native and foreign, and the Living Traditions Festival gives those of us in the city a chance to embrace the different activities of these groups in an educational and respectful manner.
There will be a number of performing artists at the festival including the Anton Family Band, Desert Wind, James Romero Three Generations Band, Nino Reyos, Rio Bravo, Rumba Libra Band and many more. The special guest artist for this year’s festival is Omar Souleyman. Souleyman gained notoriety as a prolific wedding singer, releasing over 500 live albums before civil war broke out in his native Syria in 2011. He has an extensive international following and as a world and electronic music icon, his status has grown exponentially.
An abundance of craft artists will be in attendance during the festival, and their creations will be onsite. Some will even be created while attendees browse around and join in on the events offered. A Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru) Workshop will be offered to attendees and all materials are provided for participants. Advance sign-up is required.
The Food Market will help keep you nourished during all the festivities as there will be a wide variety of ethnic foods from Nepalese to Italian, Bhutanese to Peruvian, and so many more. There is sure to be something that will satisfy the palate.
Admission is free to the public for the Living Traditions Festival. For more information, please visit the Living Traditions Festival Web site.