April 17 Communiversity Festival Features Six Stages, Marching Band, Food and Fun

Communiversity

Communiversity has become a rite of spring for Princeton. On the Princeton University campus and throughout the downtown, this celebration of local arts and culture is an annual event that draws more than 40,000 to town, and this year’s event on April 17, 1-6 p.m. will be no exception.

The Arts Council of Princeton is the organizer of what started in 1971 as the “Art People’s Party,” held on the lawn in front of Nassau Hall. To reflect its expansion into the community and a collaboration of town and gown, the festival was soon renamed Communiversity. Since then, it has taken place on the campus and in the streets.

There will be six stages with performances that go on all afternoon. Just about every organization involved in local culture is participating. The University sends its marching band, the Princeton Triangle Club, Princeton University Ballet, and others. Look for the Princeton Garden Statesmen, Princeton Girlchoir, Princeton Ballet School, American Repertory Ballet, The Blue Meanies, Sarah Donner, and the Qing Yang Dance Studio, to name just a few.

Hundreds of artists and crafters will be on hand to display and sell their wares. Numerous local restaurants and markets will ensure that no one will go hungry. Despaña, Arlee’s Raw Blends, House of Cupcakes, Jammin’ Crepes, Mediterra, Mamoun’s Falafel, and Ivy Inn are among those who will be offering meals and snacks from around the globe.

Activities for kids and families have always been a part of the mix. This year, there will be demonstrations of monotype printmaking, ceramics, paper flowers, drawing, painting, and something called “Nana’s Make-A-Mess.”

As always, this colorful celebration of community pride goes on rain or shine. Central Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event, it is still, at heart, the “Art People’s Party.” Be sure to visit Witherspoon Media Group at Booth #271, on the corner of Witherspoon and Nassau streets.