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Communiversity set for April 29
Princeton NJ — 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 29.
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 four stages, and the streets of Princeton and the front of campus will be filled with vendors, information booths, art exhibits and food stands. Besides traditional favorites, this year’s Communiversity features a return to an emphasis on the arts, including an increased number of artists and crafters.
This year as the culmination of a month of programming for the International Festival, Communiversity will sponsor a “Global Village,” featuring foods, information booths, performances and artworks from around the world.
Campus Communiversity activities will feature: more than a dozen performing groups on a stage near Stanhope Hall, including Triangle Club, Naacho, BodyHype, TapCats and Sympoh; a variety of sports games and demonstrations by Princeton’s student athletes and cheerleaders on Cannon Green; performances by the University’s a cappella groups in the East Pyne arch; and displays of artworks at 185 Nassau St.
Tours of the campus by the student-led Orange Key guide service will leave from in front of Nassau Hall throughout the festival. There will be interactive story-telling by the Middle Earth Theater as well as other activities sponsored by the Cotsen Children’s Library on the Firestone Library lawn.
The University’s International Center will continue its tradition of participation with an elaborate flag procession lead 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. This year as the culmination of a month of programming for the International Festival, Communiversity will sponsor a “Global Village,” featuring foods, information booths, performances and artworks from around the world.
The chapel will join the Communiversity celebrations with a children’s organ program at 2 p.m. and a tour of the facility at 2:30 p.m. Guest organist Kevin O’Malia will present the children’s program, intended to introduce the mechanics and sounds as well as a brief history of the chapel organ. The tour will focus on highlights of the chapel, its history and stained glass windows.
For more information, contact the Arts Council at 924-8777 or www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or the University’s Office of Community and Regional Affairs at 258-5144.