2021 Living Traditions Festival
The Living Traditions Festival will share the richness of our community’s cultural diversity through presentations of dance, music, craft, and culinary arts at innovative in-person and virtual events in 2021.
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. Admission is free for all event attendees, which brings together over 90 cultures that have made Salt Lake City their home.
These events will be held at outdoor locations throughout Salt Lake City beginning on May 15 at Washington Square, May 22, at the Chase Home Museum in Liberty Park, May 23 at The Gateway, May 29 in the International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park, and June 26 at Washington Square. This unique approach to the Living Traditions Festival allows a focus on geographic equity while keeping the health and safety of the community as a first priority.
Applications for participants will not open, the Salt Lake City Arts Council will select from cultural groups that applied in 2020.