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Communiversity set for April 26

Saturday, April 26, 2008, noon to 5 p.m. Nassau and Witherspoon streets and campus
The Communiversity celebration, which annually brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more, is planned for noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 26.

Scheduled to take place rain or shine on Nassau and Witherspoon streets and the campus, the event is sponsored by students at the University and the Arts Council of Princeton. Merchants, nonprofit organizations, musicians, performing and visual artists, food vendors and 60 University student organizations and performing groups will turn the area into a colorful fairground with events for students and families alike.

Numerous student and community groups will perform on five stages, and the streets of Princeton and the front of campus will be filled with vendors, information booths, art exhibits and food stands.

The Princeton University Band will begin the festivities with a pre-Communiversity concert on Witherspoon Street at 11:45 a.m. Campus Communiversity activities will feature: several performing groups on a stage near Stanhope Hall, including the Princeton University Players, the TapCats, Raks Odalisque, the Princeton Juggling Club and student bands; numerous student organization booths; sports clinics put on by University athletes; and performances by the University's a cappella groups in the East Pyne arch.

Tours of the campus by the student-led Orange Key guide service will leave from in front of Nassau Hall throughout the festival. The Cotsen Children's Library and the University Art Museum will team up near the Scheide Caldwell House to host "The Great Eye-Scape," a table where children can decorate eyeglasses and see the world in a different way -- ideally as artists and writers. The University's tiger mascot will roam the festivities to greet kids of all ages.

The University's Davis International Center will continue its tradition of participation with an elaborate flag procession led by Chinese lion dancers beginning at 2 p.m. on the Nassau Street stage and ending on campus. Each flag will represent a Princeton student's home country. As the culmination of a month of programming for the International Festival, Communiversity will sponsor a "Global Village," featuring food, information booths, performances and artwork from around the world.

This year, the Arts Council is expanding the Communiversity spirit to encompass the entire weekend. For more information on events that begin Friday, April 25, contact the Arts Council at 924-8777 or visit the council's website; for more information about Communiversity, also call the University's Office of Community and Regional Affairs at (609) 258-5144.

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