Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: Fear No Film, Artist Marketplace, WordFest Poetry Slam, Wasatch IronPen award winners announced

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Twelve awards were announced today in the 19th annual Fear No Film portion of the Utah Arts Festival, including a Grand Jury Prize, two Utah Short Film of The Year honors, Fearless Filmmaker Award, three honorable mentions and five audience awards. This year’s Grand Jury Prize: Best of Show represents two firsts in Fear No … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: With individual, team poetry slams back in full force, an inside look at how teams prepare for invitationals

With the Utah Arts Festival back at full steam, one of its most popular literary arts offerings (and most competitive) also returns to full bloom for the first time in three years. This year’s poetry slam offerings includes individual and team invitationals with prizes at the youth and professional level as well as performances by … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: Wordfest Stage headliners include Monarch The Poet, and George McEwan, known as Utah’s Biggest Liar

Monarch The Poet: June 24, Wordfest (Literary Arts) Stage, 7 p.m. For Monarch The Poet, some of his best role models include the best known names on the poetry scene, including Nikki Giovanni and Jericho Brown, whose writing style resonated with the stream of consciousness and raw melodic flow he has crafted in his work. … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: The beautiful metaphysical muses of Tree Hill, Ami Divine

Two Las Vegas musicians who started as poets and spoken word performers and admire each other greatly — Tree Hill and Ami Divine — are set to perform at the Utah Arts Festival, as part of the Emerging Artists program. Tree Hill with DJ DuwopRose The Vinylist: June 24, The Round, 3:15 p.m. and June … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: Theo Croker, Spirit Machines set to light up Friday evening performances

Theo Croker: June 24, Festival Stage, 9:45 p.m. Max Roach, the drummer who was a pioneer of bebop, asked once in a lecture: “In the work of black music where plagiarism and exploitation is wantonly practiced, we ask ourselves why it happens?  how it happens? and who is responsible? Do the answers lie in the … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: Two of the festival’s newest dance offerings feature Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl de Utah, Carnaval de Barranquilla Utah

EDITOR’S NOTE: This feature is presented in Spanish and English versions, both primarily made possible by Mark Alvarez. The Utah Review deeply appreciates his willingness and linguistic fluency to prepare proper versions in  both languages. For the Spanish version of this feature, see here.  A point often made in The Utah Review is that dance … Read more

Detrás de escenario del Festival de Arte de Utah de 2022: Dos de los nuevos compañías de baile de UAF son Ballet Folklórico Quetzalcóatl de Utah y Carnaval de Barranquilla Utah USA

Nota del Editor: Este artículo se presenta en español y inglés, gracias a Mark Alvarez. The Utah Review, aprecia su esfuerzo y su capacidad de ayudar en la preparación de las dos versiones. (English version is available here.) The Utah Review con frecuencia ha señalado que la danza lleva la corona de las artes en … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: Shea Freedom: ‘I make music that makes party people think and thinking people party’

Shea Freedom: June 24, 6:15 p.m., Park Stage The Utah Arts Festival’s inaugural Emerging Artists program is an impressive mix of artists, literary figures and musicians who see their creative expressive and community activism as going hand in hand. With an expanding base of international shows, Shea Freedom is one of the program’s most dynamic … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: The Round stage welcomes perennial favorite 1520 Arts and Emerging Artists newcomer Salt Lake Dance and Parkour

With seven dance companies being represented at this year’s Utah Arts Festival, the range of movement styles, techniques and languages is comprehensive. The Round stage next to the City Library will be the performing site for a crowd favorite, 1520 Arts, which specializes in hip hop, break dancing and other styles, as well as a … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: A sure winner in this year’s Art Yard for kids: Dinosaurs!

When it comes to facts about dinosaurs, kids seem to know enough to suggest that they have already started down the bath of becoming budding paleontologists. In Utah, dinosaurs always are a trending topic. Geologists and paleontologists have developed a timeline spanning many millions of years while documenting the existence of more than 115 species. … Read more