Kuumba Festival In Knoxville

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Some of your neighbors spent the weekend celebrating African American art and culture.

The Kuumba Festival started 18 years ago.

This year Kuumba was held at three sites, Knoxville Museum of Art, Market Square, and Chilhowee Park.

Over its four days, more than 200 entertainers performed on live stages and crowds also got the chance to view art and enjoy ethnic food from several vendors.

"Culture is something that everyone has, and when we found out all the similarities to other cultures, we will see that it brings about unity," said Obakunle Akinlana, a representative of the event. "So it's good for the community, it's good for the young people, its good for the elders, and its all inclusive."

Nearly 15,000 people were expected to attend the Kuumba Fest, making it the largest African American cultural arts festival in East Tennessee.

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