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Communiversity set for April 25

Saturday, April 25, 2009, noon to 5 p.m. Nassau and Witherspoon streets and the 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 25.

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 many 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, on and off campus, 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 including the TapCats, Princeton Ballet, Raks Odalisque, Triple 8, Ballet Folklorico and the Princeton Tango Club; numerous student organization booths; sports clinics put on by University athletes on the green in front of Firestone Library; 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. At 2 p.m., the University Chapel will offer an organ demonstration followed by a special chapel tour. The Cotsen Children's Library and the University Art Museum will team up near the Scheide Caldwell House to host a table where children can decorate sun visors. The Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau St. will feature exhibitions of student work. The University's tiger mascot and cheerleaders 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 and dragon 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. As part of the village, the University Rotaract Club will exhibit a "shelter box" used to provide housing for world disaster relief efforts.

The Arts Council is expanding the Communiversity spirit to encompass the entire weekend. For more information on events that begin Friday, April 24, contact the Arts Council at (609) 924-8777; for more information about Communiversity, call the University's Office of Community and Regional Affairs at (609) 258-5144.

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