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Release: March 20, 2000

Gusto Latino festival promises a taste of Spanish culture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For more than a decade, the annual Latino dance festival Gusto Latino has brought together people of various hues to celebrate Spanish culture with native dance and music.

This year's public event will be held from 8 p.m. until midnight Saturday, March 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom and is free to University of Iowa students who present a valid student I.D. The cost is $3 for non-UI students and $5 for other members of the public.

Gusto Latino is an International Crossroads Community program and is co-sponsored by the UI Student Government and the Stepping Up Project.

Christina Powers, a Spanish programmer and an event organizer, says area band Alto Maiz will play live music for the audience throughout the event and the Latin American Dance Club will offer dance lessons early during the festival.

The International Crossroads Community is open to all students interested in international issues, foreign language or who want to learn about different cultures, Powers says. Membership is diverse, and in addition to the annual festival, the student organization sponsors several other cultural events throughout the year, including the Omatursi (Japanese), Oktoberfest (German) and Rigolade (French) festivals.

The International Crossroads Community is affiliated with the UI International Programs, a department with various offices, centers, degree programs and other services that serve to further internationalize the campus and the community, and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information about Gusto Latino, contact Christina Powers at (319) 353-3069 or e-mail,