CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 3, 2000
UI hosts traditional Russian tea party at CREEES Slavic Bazaar April 16
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The sights, sounds and tastes of a traditional Russian
Tea Party will come alive at the University of Iowa during The Center for
Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) annual Slavic Bazaar.
This year's offering, "Invitation to a Russian Tea Party," will
be Sunday, April 16, from noon to 5 p.m., in the International Center Lounge.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will allow people to experience
a traditional Russian tea party -- an informal gathering where people of all
ages exchange ideas and share goodwill through light entertainment and festive
delicacies, said CREEES Outreach Coordinator Karen Myers.
"This is a wonderful way to celebrate springtime," Myers said.
"The Tea Party will promote an exchange of ideas about cultural diversity
through fun activities and events. We're also pleased to have the participation
of so many talented university and community members in this year's Slavic
Bazaar." This year's program includes performances by professional musicians,
children's art activities, music, regional foods and much more.
Myers added that the interactive programming of this year's Slavic Bazaar
is designed specifically for an inter-generational audience from the university,
local schools and general community.
"The music and activity programs planned for the event primarily are
intended to introduce non-specialists to the sights and sounds of the Russian
cultural experience," Myers said. "We hope that school children
and the general community alike will come away with a keener awareness of
a geographical region that is presently under-represented in the public school
curriculum, and an interest in learning more about the diverse cultures and
traditions of this part of the world."
Highlights of the event include performances by the Kansas City-based ensemble,
The Cultural Kaleidoscope at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Sergei Shapoval is artistic
director and presenter of this ensemble. He will lead the interactive, multimedia
performance, which includes a little bit of geography, language, history,
dance and music -- all to a rollicking beat. The audience will have a chance
to play authentic Russian instruments and maybe even perform a folk dance
The program also features a performance by University of Iowa assistant
professor and recording artist Oleg Timofeyev on the Russian 7-string guitar;
a children's play presented by members of a local Russian children's club;
Russian rock and folk music performances, a Russian karaoke sing-a-long (words
provided!); different foods to sample and enjoy, and more. Children and adults
will be able to take part in on-going art activities and Russian children's
games, listen to stories and watch Russian cartoon videos.
Co-sponsors of the event include CREEES, International Programs, the International
Crossroads Community (ICC), the UI department of Russian, the UI department
of history, the UI School of Music, the Center for International Rural and
Environmental Health (CIREH), the School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
College of Business Entrepreneurial Center, School of Social Work, Women in
Science & Engineering (WISE), Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC)
and Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC), and the College
The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa
City, off of Park Road. For more information, contact Karen Myers at (319)
335-1442. Following is the schedule of events for the bazaar (which is also
available online at http://www.uiowa.edu/~creees)
Ongoing between performances -- children's art activities and art
show; children's story telling and videos; food and tea tasting.
Noon -- International Center Lounge Opens (Program begins at 12:30
12:30 p.m. -- Interactive Performance by Sergei Shapoval, Cultural
Part I. Russian music, dance, geography, language
1 p.m. -- 7-String Guitar: Classical and folk songs played by recording
artist Oleg Timofeyev and folk song performance: Iowa City Russian emigre
2 p.m. -- Leonid Stepanov, Iowa Children's Museum, presents a Russian
children's play, children's games and face painting
3 p.m. -- Acoustic Guitar: Music and Lyrics by recording artist Viktor
3:30 p.m. -- Special Guests: Musicians from Iowa City and across the
4 p.m. -- Interactive Performance by Sergei Shapoval, Cultural Kaleidoscope.
Part II. Russian music, dance, geography, language
5 p.m. -- CLOSE
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This event provides excellent opportunities for photos and
broadcast footage because of the wonderful blend of dance, food and music.
Please call Karen Myers at 335-1442 or Lois Gray at 335-2026 if you are interested
covering this event.)