The 23rd annual Kuumba Festival will run June 28-July 1 at four locations throughout Knoxville: the East Tennessee History Center, the Emporium Building, downtown's Market Square and Chilhowee Park.
On Thursday, June 28, Kuumba kicks off at the East Tennessee History Center (noon-2 p.m.) with an opening luncheon featuring international artist and percussionist Ekpe Abioto. Kelly Jolly will also perform. Admission is free.
On Friday, June 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. will be a Youth Arts Extravaganza, and at 6 p.m. will be the Junkanu parade on Gay Street (which will feature the Free Spirit Stilt Walkers, the Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Company, churches and community groups strutting their stuff) and an African Market Place on Market Square with traditional crafts, clothing and food. The Junkanu parade will culminate on Market Square with a reggae concert by an artist yet to be announced. Admission to these events is free.
The festival moves to Chilhowee Park on Saturday, June 30 (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday, July 1 (noon-9 p.m.) with an African Market Place, a World Children's Village and two entertainment stages. Admission to Chilhowee Park on Saturday is $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. Children ages 6 and under will be admitted free. Admission Sunday is $5.
For more info and artist schedule, visit www.kuumbafestival.com.
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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