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The Australian performance troupe Strange Fruit, which does theatrical acrobatics on 16-foot poles, will perform at the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, June 26-29. David Murray | Courtesy Strange Fruit
Utah Arts Festival will bear Strange Fruit from Australia

Once again, parts of this year’s Utah Arts Festival will go right over people’s heads.

Festival organizers announced today that this year’s street entertainment will include the Australian performance troupe Strange Fruit, which combines theater, dance and circus motifs atop flexible poles 16 feet in the air.

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Other festival highlights announced for the festival’s 38th year:

• UAF is partnering with the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA), with an IAMA Day at the festival — as well as the IAMA Song School, directed by local musician Kate Macleod, and a featured spot for the finalists for this year’s Suzanne Millsaps Songwriting Contest.

• Salt Lake City painter and gallery owner Karen Horne, known for her vibrant paintings of downtown Salt Lake City nightlife, will have an exhibit in The Gallery at Library Square.

• More visual and literary arts demonstrations and workshops are planned this year, providing more learning opportunities.

• The Color Me Rad 5K fun run will return, on Saturday, June 21, allowing racers of all ages and abilities to become living art as they run or walk through downtown Salt Lake City — and get splashed by non-toxic rainbow-colored cornstarch powders.

The Utah Arts Festival runs June 26-29 in Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Last year, the event drew 89,000 people to the four-day run.

Admission each day is $12 at the gate, $8 in advance. (Reduced adult admission on opening day, for $10. Lunchtime specials are $6 on Thursday and Friday. Seniors, 65 and up, are $6. Children 12 and under are free.) A four-day pass is $30.

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