Events in UCIS

Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8

8:00 am Conference
Georgia Consortium: Exploring the Complexities of Vietnam
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Saturday, October 16

6:30 pm Cultural Event
Andrea Stanislav's Mattress Factory Installation - Surmatans - Mars Rising
Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Mattress Factory presents a fun fall festival on Saturday, October 16, inspired by Factory Installed 2021 artist Andréa Stanislav and her installation Surmatants – Mars Rising.

This two-part Slavnost (Czech for celebration and/or festival) begins with a free family-friendly event included with admission from 2:00-5:00 PM. The afternoon will feature drop-in Motanka doll and Czach & Slovak mask making workshops and presentations on the historic and cultural background of Russian and Eastern European dolls and masks from members of the Czech & Slovak School of Pittsburgh and the Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee at the University of Pittsburgh.

Also workshops and performances from Pittsburgh Slavic folk dance troupe The Tamburitzans and drop-in tours of Surmatants – Mars Rising with Andréa Stanislav herself. Plus, food trucks available all throughout featuring delicious Slavic food.

The evening event, taking place from 6:30-9:00 PM and 21+ only, will commence with a performance in the Main

Building Lobby featuring original compositions and choreography from NYC-based performance art collective Dirty Churches and The Tamburitzans. Drop-in tours with Andréa Stanislav will take place throughout the night, along with intimate performances inside the installation from Surmatants musical composer Jesse Gelaznik and friends. The evening will conclude with dancing with The Tamburitzans in the Winifred Lutz Garden.

Ticket price for the evening event includes two drink tickets. Slavic food trucks will be available, along with beers from Penn Brewery and specialty cocktails from Ustianochka Vodka.

Purchase your ticket here:

The Mattress Factory asks that all visitors and staff wear a mask inside our buildings. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 48 hours will be required upon entry.