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Living Traditions Festival
Samantha Sorensen, Staff Writer • May 21, 2024
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Ayan Mohamud, Writer • May 15, 2024

Living Traditions Festival

This weekend, Friday the 17th through Sunday the 19th, the annual Living Traditions Festival took place in downtown Salt Lake City. It is a celebration that includes “diverse artistic traditions” and “the unique qualities of various cultures” through art, dance, food, and performance. (Source; https://saltlakearts.org/programs/living-traditions-festival). Attending is free, and you can support small businesses as well as many cultural traditions by purchasing from the festival’s vendors.

2024 Craft Artists participating in Living Traditions:

  • Alli Arocho: Puerto Rican Vejigante Masks
  • Ana Brooks: Mata Ortiz Pottery
  • Brent Kartchner: Woodcarving
  • Chue Thao: Hmong Embroidery
  • Clara Amezcua: Mexican Pinatas
  • Claudine Niyonsenga & Eugenia Barigenera: Burundian Baskets
  • Diane and Julia Moffat: Armenian Hand-Knotted Carpets
  • Donato Raimondo: South Sudanese Clay Bulls
  • Ecologic Arts: Peruvian Weaving
  • Edwin Napia & Rad Cuch: Maori Arts & Northern Ute Beadwork
  • Elizabeth Peterson: Bobbin Lace
  • Elvira Murphy: Native American Beadwork
  • Ferrell Peterson: Western Woodcarving
  • Frances Rogers, Amanda Ontiveros, Kristina Martinez: Mexican Paper Flowers
  • Freeze Rawhide: Traditional Cowboy Crafts
  • Halau Ku Pono I Kamalani: Hawaiin Leis & Crafts
  • Ingrid Hersman: European-Style Decorated Eggs
  • Kalani Tukuafu: Pacific Island Patterns & Designs
  • Katherine Poleviyaoma: Acoma Pueblo Pottery & Hopi Arts
  • Ken Yamane & Judy Iwamoto: Japanese Origami & Bonsai
  • Maria Elena Lowe: Mayan Weaving
  • Marla Love & Arte Primero: Mexican Day of the Dead Art
  • Nikolay Motro: Belarusian Woodcarving
  • Puruha Arts: Ecuadorian Wood & Nut Carving
  • Rispah Otieno: Kenyan Jewelry & Craft
  • Rupali Munot: Indian Henna Art
  • Saniya Qadeer: Henna Body Tattoo Art
  • Shar Wu: Chinese Calligraphy & Painting
  • Tonahani Beadwork & Sewing: Navajo, Ute, & Hopi Beadwork & Sewing
  • Walker Custom Boots: Western Boot Making
  • Zeynap Kariparduc: Turkish Crafts
  • Zulma Arevalo: Latin American Folk Jewelry

See more about the particpating artists here!

2024 Performing Artists participating in Living Traditions:

  • Academia Mis Raices
  • Afroflexaz
  • Anton Family Band
  • BAFODACH – Bailes y Folclore Danzas Chile
  • Balkanska Kitka
  • Ballet Folklorico de Las Americas
  • Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
  • Ballet Folklorico Tutulli
  • Bazeen
  • Bomba Marile
  • Brazuca Band
  • Callanish
  • Celtic Country Dancers
  • Chitrakaavya Dance
  • De Colores
  • Dhauli – Utah Odia Community
  • Dionysios Greek Dancers
  • Divya School of Dance
  • Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
  • Grupo Folklorico Tierra de Fuego
  • Grupo Fuego Tropical
  • Hakan Utah Ecuador
  • Halau Ku Pono I Kamalani
  • Hopi Dance Group
  • James Romero Y Los Amigos
  • Kargi Kala Kendra
  • Kechi – Utah Turkish American Association
  • Kenshin Taiko
  • Khemera Dance Troupe
  • KUD Rastko Serbian Dancers
  • Kulturang Pilipino Ensemble of Utah
  • Los Hermanos de Los Andes
  • Madhu Sravanthi
  • Malialole Polynesian¬† Cultural Arts Ensemble
  • Mariachi Fuego
  • MV Caldera
  • Native Generations
  • Neon Nativez
  • Nepalese Association of Utah
  • New Zealand American Society – Hiona
  • Nuevas Raices Bolivia
  • Oaxaca en Utah
  • P & M Productions Powwow
  • Raag & Taal
  • Rangtaali – Gujarati Folk Dance Group
  • Red Branch
  • Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers
  • Rio Bravo Conjunto Los Castillos
  • Robb “Little Owl” Martin
  • Salt Lake Capoeria
  • Salt Lake Chinese Dance Art
  • Salt Lake Scandinavian Music & Dance
  • South Sudanese Neur Dancers
  • Swarajya Dhol Pathak
  • Tausala School of Dance
  • Thai Association of Utah
  • The Dunmore Lasses
  • The Music of Chris Dokos
  • Ty Allison
  • Ulhaas – Bengali Association of Utah
  • Utah Argentina Alliance
  • Utah Punjabi Arts Academy
  • Utah Sacred Harp Singers
  • Utah Tibetan Association
  • Utah’ko Trisklariak
  • UtahSalso.com
  • Venezuela Cantando
  • Viva Mexico Ballet
  • Viva Peru Dance
  • Wasatch Alphorns
  • Wasatch and District Pipe Band
  • WSU Ballet Folklorico
  • Yudy Munoz

2024 Food Vendors participating in Living Traditions:

  • Antojitos Peruanos
  • Asociacian de Colombianos en El Exterior – Utah
  • Basque Club of Utah
  • Centro Civico Mexicano
  • Italian American Civic League of Utah
  • Kubu Express
  • Mama Africa
  • Namash Swahili Cuisine
  • National Tongan American Society
  • Nepalese Association of Utah
  • Pakistani Association
  • Saint Archangel Micheal Serbian Orthodox Church
  • Thai Association of Utah – No1 Thai Fusion
  • Utah Argentina Alliance
  • Utah Chinese Association
  • Utah Tibetan Association
  • Utah Ukranian Community
  • Vietnamese Youth Association

Support Utah’s local cultures, and visit Living Traditions in Washington and Library Square this weekend!

All photos were taken by Samantha Sorensen in May 2023.

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Samantha Sorensen, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Samantha Sorensen and I am a sophomore at Hunter High School. Some things I like to do for fun are hang out with friends and family, watch movies, and go shopping. My interest for journalism started when I took a speech and debate class during my freshman year of high school. I discovered that I like arguing a point and trying to make a change, but I didn't like the competition. I feel that because of this, Journalism is a better fit for me, because I can write influential stories and prove a point but without the competition and arguing, and so far I am really enjoying this class. This school year I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things, and I am hoping to broaden my horizons in journalism.

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