Community Empowerment

VESTIVAL is an annual music festival sponsored by the Candoro Arts and Cultural Center held in south Knoxville at the original office building for the Candoro Marble Company. The purpose of VESTIVAL is to provide a diverse cultural and artistic event to the general public. Particular emphasis is placed on serving the citizens of the Vestal community, a community that was once a vibrant industrial community when the Vestal Lumber Company and the Candoro Marble Works were major industrial organizations.

After these two companies closed, Vestal went into economic decline. It is part of the City of Knoxville empowerment zone due to its poverty level, unemployment rate, poor housing conditions and low educational levels. Vestal is a community with both rural and urban characteristics and celebrates its own history with the Knoxville community through VESTIVAL.

Woo Hoo! Let us know if you plan to attend VESTIVALThe goal of VESTIVAL is TO provide diverse musical programming to a culturally underserved part of Knoxville BY presenting at the annual VESTIVAL event diverse musical genres FOR the general public with emphasis on the citizens of the Vestal community. The totality of VESTIVAL events includes, in addition to music, local arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, children’s activities, a Mother’s Day brunch, an art exhibit, a local history exhibit, and old fashioned cake walks. View scenes from VESTIVAL.

Interested in being a vendor at VESTIVAL? E-mail or contact Candoro Arts & Heritage Center by mail at PO Box 9473, Knoxville, TN 37940.

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2 Comments to “Community Empowerment”

  1. Sandy Larson says:

    Hi, I am the director of the SANDSATION DANCERS AND we thoroughly enjoyed dancing at Candora Rocks! Our fellow belly dance friends also danced there and recommended we contact you to also dance at Vestival, 5/10. So is this the correct place to schedule or who or where do we volunteer? I also teach belly dance, yoga, pilates, barre method if you ever have a need:)
    Thank you
    Sandy Larson
    Facebook: Sandy Larson-Sandsation

    • WD says:

      Thank you so much for reaching out! Sandsation dances were wonderful. VESTIVAL planning is currently in process. Candoro Marble will be in touch with you as plans take shape. Go ahead and mark your calendar, because VESTIVAL always takes place every year on Mothers Day weekend.

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