Saba: Henna Beautification

In India and in other Middle Eastern cultures they use henna as beautification for the bride. There’s a whole day designated to henna one or two days before. Girls put henna on each other and the bride and they are singing and dancing. It started with wedding ceremonies, but now people do it for other … Read more

Exhibitors: 2017 Community Matters

Walking around the festival you will see canopies and booths from a variety of community agencies, schools, health professional organizations and some small businesses that are not folks arts or traditional arts. We call these exhibitors in the “Community Matters” section of the festival. The majority of them are located on Pennington Street and on … Read more

Folk Arts 2017

Jim Griffith’s advice on experiencing TMY Folk Arts: What I like to do is take a general look-around to see who’s doing what and where, and then zero in on a few choices so as to learn more. Our invited demonstrators are gregarious folks, and will be happy and proud to discuss not only the … Read more

Food Vendors 2017

This year, 58 food vendors have been selected to participate in the festival. Half of them are nonprofit cultural clubs, churches, temples. The other half are small ethnic businesses and sole proprietors. No commercial chains or national food operators are allowed: only local Tucson-based food entrepreneurs. Some old favorites return; some new special additions are … Read more

Kitchen Stadium Demos

TMY’s Kitchen Stadium honors Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy by featuring talks, cooking demonstrations, recipe sharing, and discussion panels. Local food experts as well as many off-the-radar heritage food practitioners (gardeners, home cooks, indigenous botanists, etc.) participate every year. The Kitchen Stadium is coordinated by Chef Liane Hernandez, of the WYCA of … Read more