About Living Traditions

WE ARE ALL LIVING TRADITIONS

Produced by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the Living Traditions Festival is a FREE 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 event attendees, which brings together over 90 cultures that have made Salt Lake City their home.

For over 30 years, this annual event has shared the richness of our cultural traditions in a festive, educational, and respectful manner. Local ethnic artists, craftspeople, dancers, musicians and chefs provide the framework for the Festival. They teach attendees about the traditions, techniques, styles, and materials used in the respective art forms, many of which are centuries old, that have been passed down generation to generation. Sharing cultural traditions within families and communities then sharing these traditions with the public is the essence of the Living Traditions Festival.

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. With over 90 cultures represented, we hope that each festival attendee will gain pride and identity for the community as a whole.

VISION:

The Living Traditions Festival is committed to celebrating and presenting Salt Lake City’s diverse and ethnic folk arts and their respective communities and cultural traditions.

MISSION:

To share the richness of our community’s cultural diversity, by presenting them through the performing, crafts & culinary arts and showcasing them in a festive, educational and respectful manner.

We will achieve this mission by:

  • Providing a platform & venue for local ethnic communities to share their cultural heritage
  • Sharing these cultural heritages with younger audiences to encourage the continued support and participation for future generations
  • Assisting local ethnic communities in preserving and continuing their respective cultural traditions, and to help build pride and identity for these groups