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Ceremony kicks off International Festival

Saturday, March 27, through Saturday, April 24, various times Various locations

The International Festival, one of the largest student-organized events at Princeton, will kick off with an opening ceremony at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Since its inception 36 years ago, the International Festival has been a vibrant celebration of the diverse ethnicities and culture represented on the Princeton campus. The festival will run through late April, featuring international-themed performances, films, conferences and parties.

The focal point of the opening ceremony will be the international cultural performances including tap dancing, a cappella music, ballroom dancing, martial arts and other performance styles from around the globe. Featured student performance groups will include Triple 8, Naacho, the Georgian Choir, the Wildcats, Capoeira and the Tapcats. The ceremony also will include a procession of more than 45 students bearing the flags of their native countries. Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman will deliver brief opening remarks.

The opening ceremony begins a month of events intended to entertain and to educate the community on internationalism, multiculturalism, and global, cultural and ethnic tolerance. Some highlights of the month include a concert by Ballet Folklorico, the University's traditional Mexican dance group; Asian Night Market organized by the Asian Heritage Council; a talent and fashion show followed by Global Groove Night; and film seminars and discussions featuring the films "Good Morning, Night," "Fateless" and "Devils on the Doorstep."

The festival will close Saturday, April 24, with the annual "Global Village," a showcase of artifacts and other items from many nations, which will take place at the annual town-gown event Communiversity, along with a gala titled "Passport to Indonesia on a Tour of the World" with PERMIAS (the Indonesian Students Association at Princeton) at the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding at 58 Prospect Ave.

The International Festival is organized by a board of international students under the auspices of the Consortium of International Student Organizations and the Davis International Center. For more information, visit the festival website.

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