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International Festival kicks off March 31

The Princeton International Festival, one of the largest student-organized events on campus, will kick off with an opening ceremony at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The monthlong festival will feature performances, films, conferences and parties under the theme of "Come Taste the World."

The opening ceremony will highlight a variety of performance styles from around the globe. Twelve student groups -- including Triple 8, Capoeira, Raks Odalisque, Naacho, Flamenco Puro and the Sesame Street Crew -- will present acts such as flamenco, ballet, ukulele and martial arts. Professor of Mathematics Manjul Bhargava will perform classical Indian tabla music. The ceremony also will feature a procession of more than 45 students bearing the flags of their native countries and a fashion show of ethnic costumes from five continents.

Other events planned for the festival include a lecture by Arabic calligrapher Haji Noor Deen, Capoeira's annual Batizado Festival and a one-day "World Cup" soccer tournament. The month will close with a "Global Village" presentation at Communiversity on Saturday, April 28, and a closing banquet Sunday, April 29, in the Fields Center.

The International Festival is organized by the Consortium of International Student Organizations under the auspices of the International Center. For more information, visit www.princeton.edu/~consortm/int_festival.html.

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