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March 27, 2007

Annual Celebration of Slavic Music, Food and Crafts Takes Place April 1

The University of Iowa will celebrate the rich traditions of Slavic cultures during an afternoon of music, folk dancing and ethnic food at the 2007 Slavic Bazaar, 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 1, in the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street in Iowa City.

The UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) hosts the annual event, which is free and open to the public.

The day's events include two dance performances by Kolo, a Bosnian Dance group from Waterloo. Zulfeta Rizvic founded Kolo, which is Bosnian for circle or dance, after she and her family immigrated to Waterloo in 1996.

Rizvic started the dance troupe to give the children at Elk Run Elementary School in Waterloo something to do to keep their minds off the war in Bosnia. The group was opened up to any students in middle and high school. Now more than 60 students from first grade through college are involved. The dances performed by the group hail from several countries in the former Yugoslavia, representing each of the troupe members' homelands and cultures: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia and Croatia.

In addition to Kolo's appearance, there will be performances by second- and fourth-year UI Russian language students and UI Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian students. Russian and Belarusian bard songs will also be featured. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids and UI Libraries will provide information booths. There will also be a raffle and jewelry for sale.

Additional sponsors include UI International Programs, the International and Comparative Law Program in the UI College of Law, the UI International Writing Program and Iowa State University.

For more information or special accommodations to attend the event, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862 or Diana Davies at 319-335-0371, or visit

CREEES is part of 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: Heidi Vekemans, 319-335-3862, or Diana Davies, 319-335-037,; Writer: Kelli Andresen.