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April 13, 2007

Bridging Fiesta Showcases Diverse Performances, Cuisine April 20

Caribbean funk music, African drumming and traditional Russian dance will be just a few of the featured performances at the second annual Bridging Fiesta, Friday, April 20.

Hosted by the University of Iowa Organization for the Active Support of International Students (OASIS), the Bridging Fiesta will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Richey Ballroom, Room 243, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. The event is a collaborative project between OASIS and various organizations on campus, and is designed to promote peaceful coexistence among students, staff and faculty of the University of Iowa community.

The Bridging Fiesta will also showcase Argentinean tango dancing, hip hop music, a cello and violin duet, classical piano and oboe music, step dancing, traditional Chinese dance, a fashion parade and various solo performances. Josiah Alamu, OASIS president, said this is an opportunity for UI students to showcase their unique talents.   

Admission is free and open to the public. There will be a door prize drawing based on tickets given at entry. Food and refreshments will be provided by Iowa Memorial Union Catering and local restaurants Oasis, Masala and Szechwan Village.

"This year's Bridging Fiesta promises to be one of the best events on campus," Alamu said. "It is going to be full of jamboree, elegance and splendor. All UI students, faculty and staff and members of the Iowa City community are welcome to come and enjoy the best diverse performances."

For more information, contact Alamu at, or coordinators Shannon Lizakowski or Su Zhang at or

OASIS provides a welcoming environment for UI international students and works to unify and strengthen the international community. The group works with other organizations on campus to facilitate integration of international and domestic students outside of the classroom.  For more information, visit

OASIS is affiliated with International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge.

For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Josiah Alamu, 319-353-7177,; Writer: Kelli Andresen.