Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International
Daily, 4PM and 6:30PM, Festival Grounds
Locals peering out their windows at the rehearsals of these extreme stilters inspired their name, and since 1993 their eye-popping performances have thrilled festival audiences in more than 40 countries. Whether the “Wizards of Wow” are performing an abstract expressionist ballet, a Bermanesque piece of street theater, or simply roaming Festival grounds and interacting with you in their brilliantly inventive costumes, we expect NWSI will be “the talk” of 2016.
We are thrilled to host seven wingless birds and their riders—“Les Oiseaux des Lux” at this year’s Festival.
Featured Local Street Performers
Energy, youth and drive define the scene when the stars of SLC’s Hip Hop culture pound the pavement.
Aerial Arts of Utah
Look up! Color, grace and spectacle come to the Festival grounds and take aerial antics to new heights.
Random Acts of Opera
Several years ago, as flash mobs and pop-up art-making started making a viral presence, we decided one way Utah Opera could surprise and delight people with art in an unexpected place would be to offer 5-10 minutes of music in the open space inside our beautiful downtown library.
Utah Opera’s summer guests, baritone Markel Reed and soprano Clara Hurtado Lee and pianist Emily Williams will perform “randomly” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at noon and 1PM. Each performance features three sets in the Library Atrium.
At random times throughout each season, in collaboration with the library staff (who purchased a portable piano to encourage musical events), Utah Opera’s Resident Artists show up and sing opera in the atrium. It’s a great way for us to share the love of trained vocal instruments with our community. It’s exciting for the company to be able to extend these pop-up events into the Utah Arts Festival this year.
- Thu, June 23, 1:00 Baritone Markel Reed and Pianist Emily Williams
- Fri, June 24, 12:00 Baritone Markel Reed and Pianist Emily Williams
- Fri, June 24, 1:00 Soprano Clara Hurtado Lee and Pianist Emily Williams
- Sat, June 25, 12:00 Baritone Markel Reed and Pianist Emily Williams
- Sat, June 25, 1:00 Soprano Clara Hurtado Lee and Pianist Emily Williams