BOUNTIFUL — Once a year, Davis County becomes the Utah location for all things international. And for 20 years, the Bountiful/Davis Art Center has been bringing international dancers to the stage to show off and share their culture with Utah.

Dancers from South Korea, Costa Rica, Israel, Mexico, Russia and Greece, among other countries, are booked for the festival and perform traditional dances in traditional clothing.

This year, the folk festival has combined with the International Organization of Folk Arts, which is holding its first World Youth Congress and Scientific Symposium in Bountiful.

Experts from 55 countries who work in the field of cultural preservation will present cultural heritage treasures likely to disappear unless measures are taken to safeguard them.

"Having the IOV is major coup for Utah, for Summerfest and the United States," said Larry Baird, vice chairman of the IOV's World Congress organizing committee.

Most IOV meetings will be open to the public and held in Bountiful.

The delegation from China has shipped a $15 million loom that uses a 1,500-year-old process for creating silk brocade fabric to Bountiful.

It takes two weavers one day to make just three-quarters of an inch of fabric.

The loom, from Nanjing, will be housed under 24-hour security at the South Davis Recreation Center, and will be available for public view today and Saturday.

A team of weavers will demonstrate the weaving process.

Azerbaijan is sharing a page from its 12th century cookbook.

The National Culinary Institute of Azerbaijan, which is attempting to document and re-establish the country's traditional recipes that were lost during 70 years of Soviet control, recently re-created Sakh Plov, or rice pilaf, at the Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville. BDAC staff received a shopping list for key ingredients, such as mutton fat, chestnuts and sultana raisins.

The United States also gets to show off some of its culture.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built only one building in Utah, the Donald Stromquist home in Bountiful, built between 1957 and 1959.

On Saturday, guided tours of the home will be given at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission, which must be purchased in advance, is $7.50 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

The proceeds will benefit the Bountiful/Davis Art Center.

But that's not the only culture Utah is sharing with the world.

Dancers from other countries, many of whom will be visiting the United States for the first time, will be hosted by local residents, who are in charge of feeding dancers and making sure they get to the Bountiful City Park on time for their routines.

"Our responsibility as hosts is to make sure our guests are well taken care of," said Sean Pearson, a Layton resident who has hosted dancers the past two years.

More information is available at bdac.org.

If you go

Where: Bountiful City Park, 200 W. 400 North

When: Today and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Features: International performing groups, ethnic food, fine art/craft booths, children's art yard

Admission: Free


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