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University of Iowa News Release

March 23, 2005

Public Invited To Celebrate Slavic Culture April 3

The University of Iowa celebrates Slavic cultures and traditions at the annual Slavic Bazaar Sunday, April 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the UI International Center Lounge. Featuring East European and Eurasian food, live music and activities for all ages, the event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and UI International Programs.

Live music will be performed by two members from Maritza, a Decorah, Iowa-based group specializing in Eastern European and Klezmer music, and the Tri Bratovchedki Singers, an Eastern European folk music group.

"It's a chance to be exposed to the fun things about Slavic culture," said Meredith Good, one of the event's organizers.

Good said the event usually draws large crowds from Iowa City and the surrounding region since there are a number of Slavic populations in the area including the Czech and Slovak populations in Cedar Rapids.

There will also be a number of tasty culinary treats, such as strudels, pastries, dumplings, chicken paprikash, and "much, much more," Good added.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Good at 319-335-1439. For more information on CREEES, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~creees.

Additional sponsors of the event are the American Council for Teachers of Russian and The National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids.

CREEES is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.

The UI International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Diana Davies, 319-335-1439; Writer: Po Li Loo.