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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 25, 2003

Annual Snowflake Festival To Feature African, Brazilian Music

The 12th annual Snowflake Family Festival, featuring music, art activities and refreshments, will be held noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). This event is free and open to the public.

Combining traditional winter themes with a global awareness, the event's theme focuses on the geographic areas represented by the collections in the UIMA, including Africa and Latin America.

Scheduled performances during the afternoon will feature:
-- at 12:30 p.m., Rhythms from Africa, a West African-style percussion group made up of UI students from Africa;
-- at 1:30 p.m., dancers from the Congolese Association for Social Aid, a non-profit group based at the UI;
-- at 2:30 p.m., bassist Sergio Ascerb and pianist Carmen Fregonese, graduate students from Brazil; and
-- at 3:15 p.m. three student groups from the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City -- the Cello Choir, directed by Bernard Amrani; the Viola Ensemble, directed by Marit Hervig; and Ensemble con Brio, directed by Linda Judiesch.

From noon through 4 p.m., visitors, parents, children and families will have the opportunity to participate in various art activities. Refreshments of cookies and punch will be served, along with holiday treats from Africa and Latin America.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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