SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 12, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – The Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City will return effective Saturday after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Salt Lake City Arts Council is delighted to announce that we will be celebrating 35 years of promoting the preservation and inclusion of Utah’s diverse cultural landscape through our annual Festival of Living Traditions,” said said a press release from the Salt Lake City Arts Council.
“The Festival of Living Traditions began in May 1986 and has since grown into a flagship event in Salt Lake City. With the unexpected cancellation of the 2020 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our festival performers are excited to return to the stage and our craft and food vendors are eager to present their cultural offerings to the public with safety guidelines. and appropriate health related to COVID-19 carefully monitored and assessed throughout the festival. “
In 2021, the Living Traditions Festival in person will feature a series of free events and large late-night video screenings, all of which will be shown in various outdoor venues across Salt Lake City. Events will kick off in Washington Square from May 15 and run through the rest of the month and through June. Throughout the month, the Chase Home Museum in Liberty Park on May 22, The Gateway on May 23, the International Peace Gardens in Jordan Park on May 29, and the festival will end on June 26 in Washington Square with “A Sneak Peek living traditions. ”
“In addition to the in-person components of our redesigned festival, digital streaming will be available to viewers who cannot attend in-person events,” the press release said. “This unique approach to the Living Traditions Festival allows us to ensure the health and safety of our artists, vendors and patrons. The festival’s digital options will include live streaming of all events, including our main stage, as well as online workshops for children and adults.
“This unique approach to the festival will ensure that every member of our community, and everyone around the world, can join in our special celebration.”
Key elements of the festival include main stage performances by groups and individuals from diverse cultures. These artists will perform traditional songs and dances representative of their cultural heritage. A Food Market will feature over a dozen culinary artists, and this year’s festival will feature a new initiative from Living Traditions Presents, the “Living Legacy Video Series”. In this series celebrating cultural diversity in Salt Lake City, “individuals are celebrated as dynamic champions of preserving and promoting their respective cultures and communities,” the press release reads. “These videos will be screened throughout the festival at the end of the evening and are also available for viewing online.”
For more information on the Living Traditions Presents program, including the Living Traditions Presents festival and video series, visit the Living Traditions Presents website. page on the Salt Lake City Arts Council website or follow the festival’s social sites at @SLCLivingTrad.