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Don't Miss: 13th HoLa Festival
Don't Miss: 13th HoLa Festival

Where in Knoxville, TN do you find authentic Latin music, food, costumes  and crafts?

At HoLa Festival in downtown Knoxville, a free-admission event, voted the best folk art festival in Tennessee for two years in a row.

The 13th HoLa Festival will take place on Saturday, October 6 from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM at Gay Street and Depot Avenue. 

New this year is  Aníbal de Gracia and Batukéalo, a  Puerto Rican group well known throughout Latin America for their vibrant percussions and unique fusion of traditional and modern rhythms.  Local 34 returns to Knoxville for a second year, bringing their mix of  pop, rock and reggae, among others.  Also featured are the Asheville Tango Trio and, from Atlanta,  Vientos del Pueblo. 

An outstanding array of dancers include Destellos Culturales, from Nashville with their Mexican dances and colorful costumes; Danza Azteca, a spectaular group whose dances symbolize motions by animals, plants and celestial bodies; Nashville Rueda, whose approach to salsa is playful and fast-paced; Knoxville Argentine Tango Society; Lucia’s Flamenco Dancers; and Waldo Solano and Salsa Knox.  Tango and salsa demonstrations will inspire the audience to try out their steps!

Adding to the explosion of color and the festive atmosphere is  the Parade of Nations. Typical dresses will be in display as the parade winds its way among the crowd.  “It is a privilege to contribute to our community with this unique event that brings diverse musical cultures” said Giselle Quiñones, festival chair, “and we are most grateful for the support of our sponsors which makes this event possible.”

The festival is well known for its authentic food and this year will not be different.  Mexican, Colombian, Chilean, and Bolivian “chefs” have already signed up; more are being added daily. 

The children will not be disappointed.  Dora the Explorer is sure to delight them as she walks around the festival grounds.   And not to be missed are the llamas, waiting to greet the passers-by from their pen next to the Bolivian table.    Clowns, face-painting, crafts and interactive activities will add to the fun.  

For more information visit www.holafestival.org


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