By Michael Christensen, @FolkloreMike
By Julie Delong, @UCCCF
Things are starting to heat up with the final preparations for the Wasatch International Food Festival. Bring your friends and join us this August 19th and 20th for all the best in local world cuisine. Sit back and relax to great local music and arts, or bring the kids for some bounce house fun and community activities. Food demos, local and domestic brews, a community art mural, and VIP tent will make this one festival you don’t want to miss.
The Utah Cultural Celebration Center Foundation is still accepting food and market vendors to join our other local restaurants, food trucks, and community groups serving up delicious and diverse plates. More information and vendor applications can be found here. Applications will be accepted through July 1st. Please contact Sarah Senft at (801) 965-5110 for vendor opportunities.
If you or your friends and colleagues are looking for a volunteer opportunity we could use your help selling tickets, leading kid’s activities, and helping keep the festival grounds clean. All our wonderful volunteers will receive free admission and a meal. For more details on volunteering and contact information please visit the volunteer tab on our website here.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday and Saturday, August 19th, 5 pm- 10 pm and August 20th, Noon to 10 pm at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center Fairgrounds – 1355 West 3100 South. One or two day tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at Smithstix starting at $5. For group discounts and sponsorship opportunities please contact Julie DeLong at (801) 965-5124. Check us out online at www.foodfestutah.org.
By Michael Christensen, @FolkloreMike
With humble beginnings, the WorldStage! Concerts at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center have grown into a premier showcasing of local community talent features all genres of music. 2016 is no different, featuring some old fan favorites and a few newcomers to our stage.
And what a stage it is. The outdoor amphitheater is the ideal location for an evening out with family and friends. The Wasatch mountain range sits right in your lap, and the theatre itself is intimate and friendly, providing excellent viewing options from both seats and grassy slope.
Concerts start a bit earlier this year, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and shows starting promptly at 7 p.m. Come early and grab a bite to eat, and take some photos of Chinese Heritage Gate, or any of the other cultural amenities on site.
Come and get it: Cultural Coffee at the Cultural Center from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 31. Stop by for coffee and a light breakfast at the beautiful celebration gallery. It does happen to be Utah’s very special day of giving called Love UT Give UT. At the gallery you’ll see the amazing AAUW Women's Art Show where a very thoughtful and talented group of women artists were chosen to represent AAUW and its mission. If you haven't been here, we are at 1355 West 3100 South, WVC -- just north of 3300 South and easy to find from Cultural Center Drive, 1100 West, right on the Jordan River. We hope you will take the time to make your tax deductible charitable gift to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center Foundation, a 501c3 organization.
No time, no problem - - go online today and schedule your gift for the 31st right here. Each $10 gives a child an ARTtageous experience where they learn about other cultures, languages, foods, and the arts. Whether through a Shakespeare play, a cultural dance exchange, or a musical performance, we bring knowledge and understanding to more than 4,000 children each year through ARTrageous alone.
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Utah Travels All-Photography Exhibition Offers Virtual Global Experiences
The submissions are rolling in for the "Utah Travels" photography exhibition, and we're already getting a good peek into Utahns and their travels. The idea is to showcase the diverse, global, travel experiences folks in our community have had, whether thousands of miles away for a few miles from home. Past exhibitions have featured all ages and skill levels, from amateur first-time photographers to weekend hobbyists to full-time professionals -- it's truly a community exhibition!
Everyone is invited to submit their travel photographs, and particpation will be determined by a selection committee. The deadline for submissions is April 22, so don't delay! But how do I submit that excellent photo I took while on safari in Kenya last year, you ask? How can I make sure everyone sees my snapshots of the jungle river cruise I took in Belize? Click here to learn how!
The exhibit runs from May 19 through June 22, and the Cultural Center is hosting an opening reception with all artists, participants, and for you on May 19, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Even if you don't choose to submit that photo of your uncle napping on the stones at Giant's Causeway in Ireland, we hope you'll come and enjoy the reception and exhibition anyway! As always, thank you for supporting YOUR Utah Cultural Celebration Center!
Since 2005 the Utah Cultural Celebration Center has presented the WorldStage! Concert Series, an outdoor musical and cultural experience for the whole family. The artist roster for 2016 features both returning fan favorites, and top-notch newcomers. Check out this lineup!
July 18: West Valley Symphony
Now celebrating its 25th season, the West Valley Symphony kicks off the 2016 Utah Cultural Celebration Center’s WorldStage summer series. Formed in 1991 by founder Ralph Baker, the symphony is an all-volunteer orchestra of around 80 musicians ranging in age from 17-90. The group is comprised of musicians from all over the Wasatch Front, who rehearse weekly to explore and share the emotion and expressiveness of symphonic music. Donny Gilbert, Music Director. George Dye, Associate Music Director. Eric Barney, Concertmaster.
August 1: World Travelers*
Since 2009 the WorldStage! concert series has presented folk musicians and dancers from around the world. The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is pleased to continue its partnership with Bountiful Davis Art Center in 2016 by presenting International folk music and dance traditions. Explore your world!
*visiting nationalities to be announced as they are confirmed.
August 8: The Soulistics
Bringin’ you some furious funk and the sweetest of soul classics, the Utah Cultural Celebration Center is proud to present one of the Valley’s finest entertainment groups. The Soulistics are a 10-piece band boasting some of the best musicians in the Intermountain West. This flashy, in-your-face show is no mere cover band. The Soulistics take the best funk, R&B and soul tunes ever and tear into them with fierce style, and a sound hailing back to those shadows of Motown. They are proud to pay respect to this devilishly good music by giving you a full-scale show to remember. If you want the funk, they’ve got the goods.
August 15: Phoenix Jazz and Swing Orchestra
The Phoenix Jazz and Swing Band started in 1990 when a group of retired musicians in the Salt Lake City area decided to start a band to play for fun. From that beginning, they have been carrying on for almost 21 years–bringing their music to appreciative crowds in and around Salt Lake City. The name Phoenix Band was chosen to allude to the Phoenix bird in Greek Mythology that arose from the ashes after getting old and dying. The members of the Phoenix Band are rising similarly “from the ashes.”
August 23 (Tuesday): Country Current (U.S. Navy Band)
This special Tuesday night engagement is a real treat, as the Utah Cultural Celebration Center gets to host, direct from Washington, D. C., the United States Navy Band. The U.S. Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble and has been entertaining the Navy and the nation since 1973. Country Current specializes in music from America’s heartland and is the oldest established country music ensemble of all the major service bands. The group consists of seven musicians and one audio engineer. Instrumentation includes banjo, fiddle, pedal steel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass and drums. Several members of the band perform as vocalists. Country Current is nationally renowned for its versatility and exceptional musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Downbeat at 7 p.m. sharp. Don't miss it!
Contributed by Susan Klinker
You know, as I looked back at all that is accomplished here with the thousands of people that share their work, cultures, history, arts, and life stories, I am really proud that the cultural center mission supports the unity that comes from this community building work. Through ARTrageous, we help children learn how others live, eat, and play, giving meaning to others' lives and helping them to understand other cultures. We aren't just creating a space for dance and music either; we offer a place that strengthens community, changing lives by offering safety and understanding in confusing times across the globe. Our programs appeal to all, giving families affordable, educational, and safe activities for all. And for all the UCCC offers and has since 2003, as Bob Dylan said in his iconic song, The Times They Are A Changin'.
The UCCC team is dedicated to bringing quality programs to the community and finding new ways to measure successes. We are looking for partners on a new level as we build capacity internally through the strength of the new nonprofit, additional focus on marketing, an eye to grow volunteerism, and traditional fundraising techniques that haven't been a focus in previous years. Contact us if you are interested in finding out more and getting involved!
Many levels of program and event sponsorships are available! Click here for more information.
If a girl could dream it, we had it. Hundreds of quinceañeras showed up for the Spring Quinceañera Expo 2016. Our Utah Cultural Celebration Center partnered with Latino 106.3, La Gran D 102.3 and Juan 1600 AM to bring in the best for young Latinas. Everything a girl could ever want was there; makeup, dresses, flowers, chocolate, photography and of course delicious tacos, tortas, tacos, elotes, and did I say tacos? Thanks to all our great vendors who made this expo a hit for the whole familia! Bella Buggy photography (check me out in the photo on the left) kept busy printing free photo strips for all attendees with silly photo props (and the cutest pink glitter back drop) in their remodeled Shasta Airflyte trailer. If you attended the event, you can find your photo online here. Pasarelli models and Cleo’s White Moments’ dresses graced the runway with a fashion show while DJ Steve C and DJ Vikingo threw it down on the turntables. Special performances were made by La Banda’s Jordan Hernández and Singer/Songwriter Ernesto Rico who played his quinceañera hit “Por Siempre Mi Nina.” Tutti Frutti entertainment had 5 dads show their hips don’t lie on stage and one lucky chica won the Quinceañera Package of her dreams; use of the UCCC, a dress, photography and entertainment!
Thanks again to all our sponsors, vendors, and of course all of you who came to check out the event. The Spring Quinceañera Expo was our first held here and we’re already planning the next one. For everyone who attended, please share your photos and experience with us! Also, please give us some comments below about the even and anything you'd like to see at next year's event. You can keep up to date by following our social media pages for all information for the 2017 expo. You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wvcuccc and like us on Facebook as well. ¡Hasta el próximo año!