Thousands of Elementary Students Get First Peek at Living Traditions Festival

Chinese Lion Dance

SG 16th National Lion Dance Championship/KWSW/CC/flickr

About 2,000 Utah second through fourth grade students will participate in a special Student Day before the 27th Annual Living Traditions Festival kicks off on Friday. The event is a celebration of Salt Lake’s diversity through folk and ethnic arts, including music, dance and crafts.

Utah State Office of Education’s Educational Equity Specialist Amanda Charlesworth says USOE supports the festival to share and preserve the cultural traditions found in our valley.

“Part of the festival’s purpose is to get all of us thinking of our own traditions and our responsibility in preserving them for future generations.” -USOE Educational Equity Program Specialist Amanda Charlesworth

“All of the artists you will see at the festival are residents of the State of Utah. They share skills that were passed on to them from generations past. Part of the festival’s purpose is to get all of us thinking of our own traditions and our responsibility in preserving them for future generations,” Charlesworth says. “Celebrating the traditional music, dance, crafts and food of Salt Lake’s ethnic communities, Living Traditions is a community-wide celebration of our rich cultural diversity.”

The Living Traditions Festival Student Day activities take place tomorrow, Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. The 27th Annual Living Traditions Festival takes place this weekend in Washington Square Park in downtown Salt Lake City. More information about the festival may be found here: http://livingtraditionsfestival.com/.

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