38th Annual Utah Arts Festival kicks off

SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) – It's that time of year again, the Utah Arts festival kicked off Thursday. This is the 38th year of the festival goes until Sunday.

Utah Arts Executive Director, Lisa Sewell says 80,000 art goers are expected to fill up Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake over the course of the four days.

Sewell says a number of new things are happening this year including dance performances each night on five meter poles from the group "Australia's Strange Fruit" and workshops from a foundation called "Enjigo."

“They kind of corralled all the makers community of Salt Lake City and so they are going to be pulling together some tinkering workshops and labs for people to come down,” said Sewell.

In the 19 years Sewell has worked on planning the Utah Arts Festival she says the growth and diversity continues to grow. She says the beauty of the festival is that it has something for everyone including the kids. “They can take writing workshops, they can hear Lance Lawrence, the state poet read, there is opportunities for people who love film, we have a film program, short films from all over the world, music from eight stages, and street theatre, and of course visual arts,” said Sewell

This year 165 visual artists are displaying their work from all over the world including contemporary pieces from a unique stone found right here in Utah.

As for the theme “Art Fans Unite,” Sewell says “You guys are fans of art, so we want to make sure people embrace the whole festival and realize this is for the community.”

Tickets Thursday for the kickoff tickets are just $10 for adults, after that they go up to $12 per adult. However admission is free for kids 12 and under. For more information visit uaf.org



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