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March 12, 2004

Slavic Bazaar Brings Community Together To Celebrate Slavic Culture March 28

Live music, ethnic foods and cultural activities will liven up the University of Iowa International Center Lounge Sunday, March 28, as the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and UI International Programs host the annual Slavic Bazaar, a celebration of Slavic cultures and traditions. The event runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The event will feature live music from Maritza, an Iowa-based musical group specializing in Eastern European and Klezmer music, and Zolotoj Plyos, a Belgium-based Russian folk-music ensemble. Maritza will perform at 4 p.m., and Zolotoj Plyos will perform at 5:15 p.m.

Culinary samples such as soups, salads and desserts from countries including Croatia, Russia, the Czech Republic, Uzbekistan, Poland and others will be available.

"For many, Slavic cultures are still an enigma, and the Slavic Bazaar is our chance to share cultures and traditions with the community," said Meredith Good, one of the event's organizers.

Staff from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids will also organize activities for children starting at 4:45 p.m., including a "make and take" session featuring instructions on how to create musical instruments.

For more information, contact Russell Valentino, CREEES director, at 319-335-1439 or

Additional sponsors of the event include: International Writing Program, the department of cinema and comparative literature, the School of Social Work, the Junior Faculty Development Program, the department of Russian, U.S. Department of Education (Title VI), UI Libraries, and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & 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, Writer: Kent Nguyen