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Festival seeks to unite Salt Lake City

The first annual Unite Salt Lake City Festival will bring together musicians, drag queens, nonprofit organizations and much more for a step toward equality and dignity in Utah. The event will be held May 12, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Liberty Park, 900 S. 700 East.

Local bands, such as the Fabby award-winning Suicycles, Redemption, Folk Hogan, Riverhead and Cheap & Nasty, will be featured, along with many, many more. Local artists will display their works and local food vendors will have tasty treats available for purchase. Local drag superstars Systeen Chapelle, Chyna, Kendra, Kyra, Midori and Vivica Starr will also be performing.

The festival is free and designed as a place for nonprofits and charities to mix with locals who may not have known about their programs and how to become involved, said Jeff Hacker, a festival co-organizers. The festival’s theme is One Step Toward Unity, Humanity and Peace, he said.

“We want to make sure that everyone remembers this isn’t just a local music festival, but a chance to get to know some new organizations and people,” Hacker said. “We really want to make this a place where everyone feels welcome and involved.”

Nonprofit organizations, such the Human Rights Campaign, the Utah AIDS Foundation, Equality Utah, the Utah Pride Center and the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire are all participating.

“We want people who are just looking for something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon to have some great things to look at, some great music to listen to, and something more; a real way to get involved,” he said.

For more information, go to  http://on.fb.me/IESaXc or find Unite SLC on Facebook.

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