WRITER: JESSICA SNOWDEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Feb. 13, 2001
UI Cultural Diversity Festival Feb. 25 promotes global intersections
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa is planning a five-hour trip
around the world, and everyone is invited to participate. The 12th Annual
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival will be Sunday, Feb. 25 from noon-5
p.m. at the UI Field House with the theme of "Global Intersections: Connecting
Our Past With Our Present."
There is no charge for admission to the festival but attendees should bring
cash if they wish to purchase food or crafts. Credit cards and checks will
not be accepted. Firstar Bank will provide an ATM.
Akua Akyea, co-chair of the CCDF committee, encourages anyone who wants to
learn about other cultures in a friendly, fun atmosphere to attend the festival.
"Its an event to introduce people to the concept that otherness
doesnt have to be frightening, bizarre or overwhelming. It can be a
lot of fun," she said. The other co-chair of the event is Warren Slebos,
of University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services.
The fun includes more than 60 educational programs, which feature international
and domestic diversity, including ethnic foods, crafts, music, sports, a fashion
show and other activities.
One of the many performance highlights is the Capoeira group, which will
perform a combination of dance and martial arts from Brazil. The Black Genesis
Dance Theater plans to entertain festival goers with its hip-hop dance, a
modern piece and a gospel routine. Also, as in past years, Voices of Soul,
a group focused on African-American musical heritage, will move the crowd
with its powerful performance of gospel.
The Larkin Brothers and Terry Moran, an Irish Folk Music group from Chicago,
will be performing for the first time at the CCDF from 2-2:45 p.m. on the
Main Deck of the Field House. They hope to get the crowd dancing and singing
along to their traditional as well as original Irish tunes.
Back by popular demand will be the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, a
well-known salsa and jazz ensemble which is a fusion of Latin sounds, Caribbean
vibes and African beats. The group will perform on the Main Deck from 3 to
A number of UI nationality groups will be demonstrating various aspects of
their cultures through performance, storytelling, crafts, games and food.
These groups include the India Student Association; Malaysian Student Society;
Taiwanese Student Association; General Union of Palestinian Students; Vietnamese
Association; Asian American Coalition; and the Hawaiian Student Association.
A special feature of the festival is a poster presentation of the journey
the UI has taken towards diversity. "We want to showcase the milestones
of the journey," explained Akyea. "It will be enlightening for everyone
to see how the community and the university have worked toward enhancing diversity."
The festival is an event for the entire family. Younger participants will
have the chance to try different sports like cricket, fencing, softball and
soccer. These activities are part of the expanded childrens programming
this year. There will also be a number of crafts and games geared toward children.
The festival is sponsored by the UI Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival
Committee, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, International Programs
and U.S. West Communications. The UI offices and departments involved with
the CCDF are the following: Division of Recreational Services; IMU Marketing
Department; International Programs; Office of Admissions; Office of Student
Life; Opportunity at Iowa; Residence Services; and Support Service Programs.
The CCDF draws a sizeable crowd, placing it among the largest UI sponsored
non-athletic events. The CCDF committee expects an attendance of 5,000 or
more based on last years attendance. Parking for the event is available
in University Lots 6, 13, 14 and Hospital Ramp 4.
To help alleviate parking congestion, a free shuttle service is being provided
to the festival from the UI Recreation Building parking lot west of Kinnick
Stadium. Visitors can park at the stadium for free, and then take a van to
the Field House. The vans run every 10 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m., with
the last one leaving the Field House to return to the parking lot at 5:15
For more information about the festival, contact Akua Akyea at (319) 335-0345
or Lois Gray at (319) 335-2026. Or, visit the University of Iowa International
Programs Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~intl/
and click on the Cultural Diversity link under the Community menu option to
see the schedule of events.
Following is a tentative schedule of the programs at the Celebrating Cultural
Iowa City Tae Kwon Do Demonstration, North Gym
Yahoo Drummers, Main Deck
Fashion Show, North Gym
Capoeira, Main Deck
Hawkeye Tae Kwon Do, Room 515
Study Abroad Presentation, Staff Lounge
Classical Yoga Presentation, Room 461
American Sign Language Story Hour, Room 471
International Crossroads Community Mask-Making, Childrens Room
Demonstration from the Kum Do World Federation, North Gym
Thai Dancing, Main Deck
Fencing, South Gym
Malaysian Cooking Demonstration, E220
Peace Corps, Staff Lounge
Indian Dance Demonstration, Room 461
Black Genesis Dance Theater, North Gym
Aikido club, Room 515
Native American Beadwork, Room E220
Indian Classical Music, Room 461
The Larkin Brothers and Terry Moran, Main Deck
Spanish Bingo, Staff Lounge
Chopstix Theater, Room 471
Childrens Games Around the World, South Gym
Learn to Salsa, Room 101
Hawaiian Dance Demonstration, North Gym
Hapkido, Room 511
Demonstration from the Kum Do World Federation, Room 515
Sarong Demonstration, Room E220
Dahkotah Storytelling, Staff Lounge
Taoist Tai Chi Society Demonstration, Room 461
ShinkendoAuthentic Japanese Swordsmanship, Room 515
Voices of Soul, North Gym
Salsa Band (Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz) Main Deck
Chinese Culture School, Childrens Room, Racquetball Court #9
ShinkendoAuthentic Japanese Swordsmanship, Room 515
Sari Demonstration, Room E220
Eulenspiegel Theater/West Liberty, Room 471
Victory Temple Minority Womens Health Initiative Presentation, Staff
3:30- 4 p.m.
Chinese Cooking Demonstration, Room E220
International CoffeehouseOpen Stage, Staff Lounge
Malaysian Games, Childrens Room, Racquetball Court #9
African Cooking Demonstration, Room E220
The Quire Performance, North Gym
Bahri Karacay of Turkana (Turkish pop songs), Main Deck
Pinata Breaking, Main Deck