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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 8, 2006

Cultural Diversity Festival Set For February 19

The Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival (CCDF), one of the University of Iowa's most popular events drawing thousands of visitors every year to the Field House, will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 from noon to 5 p.m.

More than 100 diverse cultures, both international and domestic, will be featured at the CCDF, showcasing a variety of international foods, arts and crafts, music, martial arts, the spoken word, storytelling for children 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.

As usual, an eclectic mix of musical acts will perform on the Main Stage. New to the festival this year is Kol Shira, an all-woman ensemble performing a fusion of international Jewish and ethnic music including Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Latino, Gypsy and Russian. Also performing will be CCDF veterans Bahri Karacay and TURKANA performing their set of Turkish pop and folk songs, and Ashanti, a Latin jazz band based in Pella.

Admission is free, but vendors will charge for food, crafts and other sale items. Credit cards will not be accepted. Please bring a canned food item for contribution to our community's food banks. 

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 Wells Fargo Bank, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Z102.9 radio and the Iowa City Press-Citizen and The University of Iowa.

The UI offices and departments involved in the CCDF include: Opportunity at Iowa; UI Staff Council, Office of Admissions, Recreational Services, Support Service Programs, IMU Marketing & Design, Office of Student Life, International Programs and the Civic Engagement Program.

More information can be found online at

The schedule of events is as follows:


--Highlanders, presented by Darwin Turner Action Theater members, Main Stage

--Dragon Dance, North gym

--Translation workshop, bilingual readings and translations in English, Sanskrit, Japanese, Hebrew, Croatian, Chinese and German, Room 462

--Karate demonstration, presented by Choe's Black Belt Academy, room S507


--Jade Tiger Dojo, presented by Adult Samurai Arts, Main Stage

--Children's Stories, presented by Delta Pi Sigma, Room 201 (event runs through 4 p.m.)


--Darwin Turner Action Theater performance, North Gym

--Kum Do demonstration, presented by UI Kum Do Club, room S507

--Aikido demonstration, room S511


--pinata, Main Stage

1 p.m.

--Bahri Karacay and TURKANA, Turkish pop and folk music, Main Stage

--Geography Extravaganza, presented by UI Study Abroad Office, room 461

--Tae Kwan Do & Kum Do demonstration, presented UI Korean Undergraduate Student Association/Kang's Martial Arts Academy SWAT team and Kum Do Black Belt Club team, room S507

1:15 p.m.

--Iowa City Human Rights Commission, room E220

1:30 p.m.

--Temple Dance of India, presented by Noorpoor Dance Troupe, North Gym

--V.E.N.T. Movement, spoken word art and poetry, room 462

2 p.m.

--Kol Shira, Main Stage

--Shiatsu Massage, room 471

--UI Swing Club performance, room 462

2:15 p.m.

--Chinese Culture Workshop, including food, arts and crafts, painting and folk music, presented by the Department of Asian Language and Literature, room E220

2:30 p.m.

--Dances of the Philippines, North Gym

--St. Raphael Orthodox Church Choir performance, room 462

--Jade Tiger Dojo, children's samurai arts, room S507

3 p.m.

--Ashanti, Main Stage

--Traditional Vietnamese Dances, presented by UI Vietnamese Student Association, North Gym

--Nigerian Story Telling for Children, presented by UI African Students' Association, room 462

--Learn to Salsa, room 471

3:15 p.m.

--Jade Tiger Dojo, adult sword samurai, room S507

4 p.m.

--Step Team performance, North Gym

--Brazilian Art of Capoeira, presented by Caopeira Angola Palmares, room 461

4:15 p.m.

--Yahoo Drummers, North Gym

4:30 p.m.

--Klezmer Cello, Main Stage

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