New date will give planners time to re-imagine festival, expand audience
from Iowa Now
This year, the University of Iowa Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival will be Sunday, Sept. 29 as a kick-off to the week’s homecoming events, creating a new fall tradition for a popular event that has traditionally been held during the spring semester for the past 22 years.
The event, which annually draws an estimated 5,000 participants, will also be held outside for the first time in Hubbard Park with an inclement weather back up location of the UI Field House, where the event has been held in the past.
"We are very excited that we can continue this well known and much loved tradition in our community," says Georgina Dodge, UI chief diversity officer. "Due to renovation of the UI Field House, the planning committee this year was unable to secure a suitable venue in the spring. However, this created an opportunity to have discussions about the significance of the festival and to re-imagine a new path forward."
Photo: Tim Schoon