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Release: March 29, 2001

Public is invited to UI Gusto Latino festival April 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The annual Gusto Latino festival at the University of Iowa promises an evening of Latin culture with food, dance and live vibrant, pulsating music provided by the Latin jazz band, Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz.

This year's public event will be Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m.-midnight at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Second Floor Ballroom and is free to UI students who present a valid student I.D. The cost is $3 for non-UI students and $5 for other members of the public. Tickets can be purchased at the IMU box office. Food can be purchased during the event for an additional cost.

Participants will also enjoy a raffle drawing, and free dance lessons, followed by a dance contest with prizes for the winners.

The International Crossroads Community (ICC), International Programs, UI Student Government and the Associated Residence Hall (ARH) are the event sponsors.

Located in Hillcrest Hall, a UI residence hall, the ICC is a living-learning community open to all students regardless of academic major or background. The ICC is made up of both international and American students who have different language abilities, interests, ages, travel experiences and cultural backgrounds.

In addition to the annual festival, the student organization sponsors several other cultural events throughout the year, including a multicultural masquerade ball and international language and topic dinners.

The ICC is affiliated with the UI 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 teaching.

For more information about Gusto Latino, contact Poonam Bhakta at (319) 353-3065 or email,