Knoxville to celebrate Hola Festival
KNOXVILLE, TN - HOLA HORA LATINA proudly presents the HoLa Festival 2011 as part of the annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in Knoxville. Celebrating its 12th edition, the HoLa Festival takes place on Saturday, September 24, from 11a.m. to 8p.m., on West Depot Avenue and Gay Street by Regas Square.
This street fair is a cultural celebration and a colorful tribute to East Tennessee diversity. It was recognized this year by the Tennessee Arts Commission as the Number One Latino Folk Arts Festival in the state.
The festival will feature delicious authentic Latin food, Latin rhythms, traditional music, dances, an International art and craft marketplace. At 2 p.m. the signature “PARADE OF NATIONS” will showcase traditional attire.
Young children will enjoy a visit with Dora the Explorer, games, storytelling, and more. Older children can buy a "passport" or map and collect flags stickers at cultural booths from the various countries that comprise the Latino World. (High School and college students may volunteer with HoLa Festival to make the most out of this educational experience.)
Admission is free thanks to sponsors such as Bush Brothers and the Tennessee Arts Commission, and many others.
The festival will present special performances by award-winning Andean Music Group Inca Son, 3-time ESPN World Salsa Champions Abel Peña & Zulmara Torres, MaCuba Orchestra and local artists. Mexican, Central and South American Folklore, Salsa, Cumbia, Flamenco, Bachata and many more.
After the festival, you can join in an exclusive “After Party” featuring Beginner and Master level Salsa workshops and a live orchestra at The Old City Entertainment Venue located at 118 S. S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 from 8 p.m. until close. Cover charge required, 21 and older.
Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated throughout the nation from September 15 through October 15. A local proclamation by the city and county mayors will take place on September 15 at the Emporium Center, where HoLa’s office is located. Julz Chavez, award-winning writer and video producer will speak on the legacy of Cesar Chavez.
9/2 Frutos Latinos II Art Exhibit Opening, at Emporium Center, 5-9 p.m. (Exhibit runs through September)
9/15 Petit Gallery at Knoxville Museum of Art. (Runs through end of October)
9/24 HoLa Festival at Depot Avenue (Depot Avenue, by Regas Square) 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and 21+ After Party at Old City EntVenue (8 p.m.-3 a.m.) Beginner and Master Salsa Dance Classes, Live Orchestra
10/14 ALIVE after Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art (6-8:30 p.m.) HHM
About HoLa Hora Latina
HoLa Hora Latina is an artistic, cultural, and educational non-profit organization and Knoxville 's oldest grassroots Hispanic organization. Its mission is to build artistic, cultural, and communication bridges between Latinos and the community at large by encouraging education, participation
and leadership, and promoting “Unity in the Community.” www.holaknoxville.org