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Ohio University hosts 30th annual International Street Fair

ATHENS, Ohio (May 19, 2006) -- International Week at Ohio University culminates Saturday, May 20, with the 30th annual International Street Fair on Court Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy the music, food and art of many international cultures. A parade led by the Ngoma drumming group will kick off the Street Fair with opening remarks by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Athens Mayor Ric Abel. 

Los Viejos Blanquitos, or "the old white guys" will be the featured performers at this year's International Street Fair. The six-piece jazz band composed of Ohio University faculty will kick off the day's musical entertainment at 12:30 p.m. The band performs its own style of music, combining the richness of jazz harmony, melody and improvisation with the infectious rhythms of Latin and Afro-Cuban music. The sextet includes Ernie Bastin, flugelhorn, trumpet, and congas; Roger Braun, marimba; Andre Gribou, keyboard; Matt James, saxophone; Guy Romonko, drums; and Dave Messina, bass. 

Performances will follow by local dance group Bodies in Motion, the Boys of the Hock and a local group of belly dancers. In addition to the music and dance performances, fairgoers will enjoy foods, art and crafts from the many cultures represented at Ohio University. 

International Week is an annual series of events sponsored by the International Student Union with the support of International Student and Faculty Services, the Center for International Studies, the Ohio Program of Intensive English, Education Abroad, Student Activities and the City of Athens. For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit www.ohio.edu/isfs/intweek/intweek.html or contact International Student and Faculty Services at (740) 593-4330.

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Media Contact:Associate Director of International Student and Faculty Services Krista McCallum Beatty, (740) 593-4330 or mccallum@ohio.edu, or Assistant Director for Communications for the Center for International Studies Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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