Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1540

April 30, 1997

"Festival of Cultures" Marks Library of Congress Birthday

A free "Festival of Cultures" will be held at the Library of Congress on Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The event will celebrate the completion of the restoration and modernization of the Thomas Jefferson Building and mark its 100th anniversary. The event is supported by the Xerox Foundation, which is also funding the exhibition "American Treasures of the Library of Congress" that opens May 1.

Highlights of the celebration include tours of building areas normally not open to the public, performances by nationally known musical groups, celebrity readings, treasure hunts for children, and other entertainment throughout the building.

The event opens at 10 a.m. with remarks from James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, followed by a performance by a group of Italian flag throwers from Sangemini, Italy. In a ceremony dating back to the Middle Ages, they will swing and toss colorful flags to a drum beat. Other entertainment includes Nilimma Devi (Indian dance); Celtic Thunder (Irish music); the Legendary Orioles, with hand dancers; Sweet Honey in the Rock )gospel); The Seldom Scene (bluegrass); and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Cajun music).

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PR 97-90
ISSN 0731-3527

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