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If you want to connect with huge numbers of people this weekend, you might want to make your way to Oakland’s biggest street celebration -- The Art and Soul Festival is a two-day celebration featuring live jazz, rock, gospel, and many other forms of soul music, along with art installations and film projections on the streets of downtown Oakland. Rachel Swan is the music editor for the East Bay Express, one of the co-sponsors of the festival.
She says: "Art and Soul is now in its 12th year, it started in 2000. Since then, at that time Oakland had a much more empty, sterile downtown, but since then it has gotten exciting, and artsy and funky and more populous, and it's really become more of a destination for arts and nightlife."