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Clarkson's Cheel Campus Center To Host 8th Annual "world In Potsdam" Diversity Festival

The Village of Potsdam, SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University willbring a variety of entertainment, crafts and demonstrations from aroundthe world together for the eighth annual "World in Potsdam" DiversityFestival, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Clarkson University'sCheel Campus Center.

The festivities planned for this year will highlight the people andcultures of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the United Kingdom,North America and South America. In addition, the festival will welcome a number of student groups along with professional dancers and musicians.

The events will kick off with an Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m. Localofficials will join with representatives of the Potsdam MinisterialAssociation to welcome those in attendance. The Opening Ceremony also will include the presentation of the Diversity Festival Literary ContestAwards.

A perennial crowd favorite, the Rob Roy Pipers and Dancers willreturn to the Festival to perform traditional Scottish music and dance at 1:30 p.m. The group has been a proud member of the Kingston, Ontario,community since its origins in 1953. In its nearly 50-year history, theRob Roy Pipers and Dancers has grown to over 150 pipers and performingmembers. The group is the only competing band in the region, participating in the Highland Games throughout Ontario, Québec, the northern UnitedStates and even Scotland.

New to this year's Festival is the Brockville Lions Club Steel DrumBand, which will perform at 2 p.m. The Brockville Lions Club Steel DrumBand was formed in 1996 and is the first band of its kind in easternOntario. The band is sponsored by the Brockville Lions Club and is made up of 30 teenagers from the Brockville area. The group has performed in many competitions and won numerous trophies and awards across Ontario, New York and Pennsylvania.

Several student groups from Clarkson will present a variety ofperformances including Hispanic, Indian and step dancing and an AfricanFashion Show. In addition, the Clarkson International Student Organization will present a sampling of international foods, beginning at 2 p.m.

Traditionally an annual celebration in downtown Potsdam eachSeptember, the Diversity Festival was rescheduled to Sunday, Jan. 27, inlight of the September 11th tragedy. Due to the rescheduling, the NewShanghai Circus, which was originally scheduled to perform in September,will not perform on January 27. However, the group will still perform aspart of the Festival on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., at Clarkson's downtown Snell Hall.

The New Shanghai Circus is an award winning, highly acclaimedtroupe ofChinese acrobats, known for their amazing feats of artistry andathleticism. The Circus is recognized as one of China's finest troupes of acrobatic performers. Highly skilled, rigorously trained performers and contortionists amaze worldwide audiences with gravity-defying balancing acts.

All of the World in Potsdam Diversity Festival events are free, andthe public is welcome to attend. The "World in Potsdam" Diversity Festival is co-sponsored by the Village of Potsdam, SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University. The Sweetgrass Foundation and KeyBank are major contributors toward the event.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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