Along with art and performances from dancers and musicians from all over the world, this year’s event is throwing in even more international activities. Running from Aug. 3-6, the fun starts on Main Street and moves up to Bountiful City Park for four days of art, music, food, fun, and the chance to reach out and touch another culture.
“It’s a little bit of everything,” said Bountiful/Davis Art Center Summerfest Coordinator Joshua Blackwelder. “You get food, culture, traditions, games, and a chance to interact with the performers.”
The Street Dance and Taste of the Town will be Aug. 3 on Main Street (though the food costs, the dance itself is free). The official opening ceremony will be Aug. 4 at the park at 6 p.m., featuring performances by dancers from Bulgaria, Israel, Italy, and a host of other countries. Local musician Clive Romney will also be performing with his band.
The performances continue throughout Aug. 5-6, with international performers on the main stage and local performers on a secondary stage (a complete schedule of performances is on A8).
KUED will run the kids’ art yard, giving children the chance to make wool friendship bracelets from Australia and Indonesian masks. There will also be booths full of a variety of food and crafts.
New this year will be the chance to see crafts being made first hand, from Swedish weaving to Sudanese clay bowls to Scottish tartan weaving and Japanese bansai and origami.
“People will actually be doing the crafts there, and you can talk to them while they’re doing it,” said Blackwelder. There will also be bocce courts available for anyone who is interested in playing bocce ball, an Italian game where players try to get their ball closest to a jack placed within the boundaries of the court.
After that, you can head down to the Bountiful/Davis Art Center to look at international art, or circle back for more dancing. There’s plenty of fun to choose from.