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Feb. 10, 2005

Tsunami Victims To Be Remembered At UI Cultural Diversity Festival Feb. 20

The Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival, one of the University of Iowa's most popular events drawing thousands of visitors every year to the Field House, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20.

This year's festival features a memorial for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. The memorial, located in Room 471 between noon and 5 p.m., will be open throughout the fair so visitors can remember the hundreds of thousands of victims. Some of the university's international students will offer their perspectives on the tsunami at 2 p.m. in Room 471.

More than 100 diverse cultures, both international and domestic, will be featured at the CCDF, showcasing a variety of ethnic foods, arts and crafts, music, sports, fashion and other activities. Not only does the festival offer fun for adults and children, it also provides an opportunity to explore ways in which their own unique cultural backgrounds intersect with other cultures from around the world, bridging our global community.

Also featured this year will be an eclectic mix of musical acts performing on the Main Deck. New this year is the Twin Cities-based musician Yawo, a member of the Ewe tribe and native of Togo. He will perform his West African-flavored world beat music backed up by his band Les Fils Ativon, a cross-cultural group featuring performers from Brazil, Senegal, France and Wisconsin. Also on the Main Deck will be CDF veterans The Beggermen performing traditional Irish folk music, and Bahri Karacay and TURKANA performing their set of Turkish pop and folk songs.

Admission is free, but vendors will charge for food, crafts and other sale items. Credit cards will not be accepted, but an ATM is being provided.

Parking for the event is available in Lots 6, 13, 14, Hospital Ramp IV and the ramp south of the Field House at 60 cents per hour. Free parking is available at the parking lot west of Kinnick Stadium (Lot 46). A shuttle service from Lot 46 to the Field House will be provided.

The event's business sponsors are Qwest Communications, Iowa House Hotel, U.S. Bank and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The UI offices and departments involved in the CCDF include: Opportunity at Iowa; Office of the Provost; Division of Recreational Services; Office of International Students and Scholars; Office of Student Life; Office of Admissions; Residence Services; University Life Services; IMU Marketing; Office of Public Health; UI Staff Council; and Support Service Programs.

Members from the following student communities are involved in planning for the event: Black Student Union, International Cross-Roads Community Floor, and UI Student Government, in addition to many UI student volunteers.

This year's stage events include:

--Tsunami Memorial. Noon, Room 471. The memorial will be open throughout the festival.

--The Beggarmen, traditional Irish music. Noon, Main Deck.

--Dragon Dance, with Peter Chen. 12:15 p.m., North Gym.

--International Children's Stories. 12:15 p.m., Room 201 (Children's Room).

--Aikido, a Japanese martial art, with the UI Aikikai Club, 12:15 p.m., Room S507.

--International Fashion Show. 12:30 p.m, North Gym.

--Shito-Ryu, Kabu-Do and Iai-Do Demonstration, with Japan Karate-Do Organization. 12:30 p.m., Room S511.

-- Piñata. 12:45 p.m., Main Deck.

--Learn to Make Origami. 12:45 p.m., Room E220 (Children's Room).

--Salsa lessons, with Modei, 12:45 p.m., Room 462.

--Bahri Karacay and TURKANA. Turkish pop and folk music. 1 p.m., Main Deck.

--Geography Extravaganza, with the UI Study Abroad Office. 1 p.m., Room 461.

--Argyam (The Offering), Noopur Dance Troupe. 1:15 p.m., North Gym.

--Learn American Sign Language, with the ASL Club. 1:30 p.m., Room E220 (Children's Room).

--Olympic Tae Kwon Do, with Team STRIKE. 1:30 p.m., Room S507.

--Promoting the Scottish arts, with the UI Scottish Highlanders. 1:45 p.m., North Gym.

--Traditional Vietnamese dance, with the Vietnamese Student Association. 1:45 p.m., Room 462.

--Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico. Mexican folklore dances. 2 p.m., Main Deck.

--International student's perspectives on the tsunami. 2 p.m., Room 471.

--Chinese classical lion dancing. 2:15 p.m, North Gym.

--Bosnian folk dance, by Kolo. 2:15 p.m., Room 462.

--Youth Shinkendo demonstration, with Jade Tiger Dojo. 2:30 p.m., Room S507.

--Piñata. 2:30 p.m., Main Deck.

--Mask making. 2:30 p.m., Room E220 (Children's Room).

--Yawo. 2:45 p.m., Main Deck.

--Fantasy, a Chinese hip-pop dance. 2:45 p.m., North Gym.

--Hip Hop Showcase, with PHASE (Progressive Hip Hop, A Scene Evolving). 3 p.m., North Gym.

--Cross cultural body language, with Dr. Venugopal S. Reddiar. 3 p.m., Room 461.

--Indian dance. 3 p.m., Room 462.

--Shinkendo demonstration, with Jade Tiger Dojo. 3:15 p.m., Room S507.

--Swing dance lessons, with UI Swing Dance Club. 3:30 p.m., Room 462.

--Spanish bingo. 3:30 p.m., Room E220 (Children's Room).

--Black Genesis Dance Theater. 3:30 p.m., North Gym.

--Hapkaido demonstration. 3:45 p.m., Room S511.

--Near East dance, with Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble. 3:45 p.m., North Gym.

--Brazilian art of Capoeira, with Capoeira Angola Palmares. 4 p.m., Room 462.

--Samurai arts, by Jade tiger Dojo. 4:15 p.m., Main Deck.

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