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April 21, 2006

Slavic Bazaar Celebrates Culture With Music, Food And Crafts April 30

The public is invited to an afternoon filled with Gypsy music, folk dancing and ethnic food at the 2006 Slavic Bazaar Sunday, April 30, in the International Commons in the University Capitol Centre from 2 to 5 p.m. The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), UI International Programs (IP) and the Department of Russian, co-sponsor this annual event, which is free and open to the public, as a celebration of Slavic cultures and traditions.

"To paraphrase Director Valentino, it's the closest you can get to a Slavic 'soul' party without having to leave the country. By way of the bazaar, we try to bring these cultures to life for our community in a vibrant and fun way," said graduate assistant Meredith Good, who is organizing the bazaar with Russell Valentino, CREEES director and UI associate professor of Russian and comparative literature.

Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov will perform traditional Gypsy music with seven-string guitars, and local talent will present ethnic dances for the entertainment of all ages.

Timofeyev, who holds an M.A. in Early Music Performance from the University of Southern California (1993) and a Ph.D. in Performance Practice from Duke University (1999), currently instructs at the University of Iowa in the Department of Russian. He was a recipient of the Fulbright award in 2001/2002.

In addition to teaching, Timofeyev also pursues his musical talents with his group Talisman. Since 1983, he has been performing early music on original instruments of the plucked family (lute, guitar). More recently, Timofeyev has recorded several discs of little-known Russian music of the 18th century for release with Talisman.

Also performing will be Vadim Kolpakov, the lead guitarist and artist of the Moscow Gypsy Theater Romen. Having been steeped in the tradition from childhood, Kolpakov plays the Russian seven-string guitar, sings and dances. He has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, Colony Theater in Miami, Fla., and Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C.

In addition, the biannual event Kapustnik joins the Slavic Bazaar program this year, featuring performances and skits from the Czech, Russian, Polish and Croatian classes. UI students will also take an active role in the bazaar by performing folk dances, cooking and providing informational displays on various regions of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

In addition, a variety of prizes shall be raffled off to the audience. Activities are open to those of all ages, which in the past have included making instruments or other crafts. CREEES is also honored to host Bosnian/Croatian author Igor Stiks as a featured special guest.

For more information or special accommodations to attend the bazaar, contact Meredith Good at 319-335-0169, or by email at

To view a map of the University Capitol Center, where International Programs has its new offices, please visit:

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.

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,; Program, Meredith Good, 319-335-0169,, Writer: Katie Chelminski