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For Immediate Release
Kuumba Festival June 26-29, 2008

Kuumba FestivalJune 27, 2008 - Enjoy the Knoxville Kuumba Festival June 26-29, 2008.

Musical guests this year include Jagged Edge, Lonnie Liston Smith and The Ohio Players.

Thursday, June 26th Knoxville Museum of Art

KUUMBA FESTIVAL KICKOFF 5 PM - 9 PM @ THE KNOXVILLE MUSEUM OF ART—The Taste of Africa, featuring "A Taste of Africa Buffet;" artist exhibits, featuring: Live Jazz band, Kuumba Watoto Drum and Dance Company, Spoken Word Café, and hands-on arts and crafts. ADMISSION: $10.00

Friday, June 27th JUNKANU Parade on Gay Street and Market Square

10 AM ~ 3 PM Youth Arts Extravaganza at the Emporium Building 6 PM JUNKANU PARADE Starting on Gay Street, this parade wi ll feature festival participants, the original Free Spirit Stilt Walkers, Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Comp any , churches , and community groups who strut , d r um, and dance and will culminate with a live concert on Market Square featuring JAZZ GREAT LONNIE LISTON SMITH —10 PM— OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY: SUMMER LINEN PARTY @ WORLD GROTTO IN MARKET SQ HOSTED BY KEBLAH TEMPLE SHRINERS AND TRI-STAGE EBONY NETWORK.

Saturday and Sunday, June 28th and 29th Chillhowee Park

SATURDAY, June 28th—Gates open at 11 AM until 10 PM. Admission is $5.00 before 4 PM; $10.00 after 4 PM. Children 6yrs. and under FREE. Come and enjoy the African Market Place with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods; the World Children's Village; and two entertainment stages. From 3 PM - 5 PM, stop by and visit the Knoxville Zoological Garden's Petting Zoo (Children's World Village). The Community Health Pavilion (located near the Children’s Village)

7 PM ON CENTER STAGE — R 'N B RECORDING ARTIST JAGGED EDGE10 PM — OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY: ALL ACCESS @ PHATZ SPORT GRILL — 3920 ASHEVILLE HWY HOSTED BY TRI-STAGE EBONY NETWORK

SUNDAY, June 29th— CHILHOWEE PARK Gates open at 12 noon until 9 PM. Admission is $5.00 before 4 PM; $10.00 after 4 PM. Children 6yrs. and under FREE. Come and relish in the African Market Place as the early afternoon brings forth the Gospel with GOSPEL IN THE PARK.

7 PM ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING THE LEGENDARY OHIO PLAYERS

For more information call: 865-546-9705 or visit www.kuumbafesttn.com

The Kuumba Festival (KUUMBA) was started in 1989 by local Knoxville artists and community activists who were looking to showcase local African American art and artists therefore sharing, educating and exposing rich cultural art forms to the Knoxville community.

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