A tradition of art: Festival showcases diversity

Published: Saturday, May 19 2012 8:15 p.m. MDT

Romana Ruemmele sets up her Swiss food booth at the Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City Friday, May 18, 2012.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — In its 27th year, the Living Traditions Festival promises to showcase even more of the city's diverse ethnic communities.

New this year are Nepalese dances and food, as well as cultural displays from Uruguay, soul food and Turkish delights. Dozens of artists will demonstrate their crafts or sell items from a variety of booths, where newcomers include East Indian henna, Maori-inspired pottery, Shoshone bead work and Somali Bantu baskets, among others.

The three-day celebration of diversity runs through Sunday, at the Salt Lake City & County Building (450 S. 200 East), with plenty of food and beverages, games and activities, and musical events, as well as bocce ball courts, for the public to enjoy free of charge. A schedule of events and more information can be found online, at www.livingtraditionsfestival.com.

Chaskis Andean Music & Dance performs at the Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City. Now in its 27th year, the festival showcases the city's diverse ethnic communities. The festival runs through today at the Salt Lake City & County Building.

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