There is a craft fair, an orchestra program of Chinese compositions, choirs, a ballet and a special design exposition. There also is the Teatro Nacional nativity scene that attracts locals and tourists alike and the giant, well-lighted Christmas tree at the Hospital de Niños.
Starting this morning at 10 and lasting through most of the day, the Feria Hecho Aquí will be held at the Antigua Aduana in San José. Organizers say that there will be a wide range of arts and crafts made by over 180 artisans and designers on display.
The fair will be happening all weekend from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. excluding Sunday when doors will close two hours earlier.
Representatives from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud as well as the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo say the feria includes traditional crafts made from ceramic, wood, leather, and fabric materials. Also on display will be contemporary items like: clothes, accessories, glass, and recyclable materials.
Organizers also say that a parallel fair will be occurring within the larger event sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres.
The Feria de Mujeres Empresarias, as it is called, will feature designs from 27 women artisans, they said. It shall be held at the same time as the feria, but in the Casa del Cuño and the esplanade. The location of the Antigua Aduana is on Calle 23 in northeast San José.
The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica will be performing tonight at 8 in the Teatro Auditorio Nacional del Centro Costarricense de Ciencia y Cultura in San José. The show titled “Historia China” will feature selected works from Chinese composer Xiaogang Ye.
“It’s a very attractive concert because for the first time an Asian composer of such importance comes to Costa Rica . . . ,” said Gabriel Goñi, director of the Centro Nacional de la Música.
The show will include a presentation of the pieces: “Imágenes de Sichuan,” “Noche Estrellada,” “Concierto de la Vida,” and “Polovstian Dances.” All of these works are by the Chinese composer excluding the latter, which is by Aleksandr Borodín.
Tickets for this concert are on sale at the Centro Nacional de la Música at Los Colegios
de Moravia. They can also be purchased the day of performance at 6 p.m. They will be half off for all students and seniors with valid identification during their purchase at the office. The auditorium is in the Museo de los Niños complex at Avenida 9 and Calle 4.
Saturday the Teatro Nacional will play host to various choir groups for a program from 5 to 7 p.m. The choir groups participating include the: Escuela Buenaventura Corrales Choir, the Estudio Coral Armentum, the Rondalla de Veteranos of the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Divertimento Choir.
This is the event before the opening night of a contemporary ballet of “Alicía en el país de las maravillas” or “Alice in Wonderland” at 8 p.m.
This ballet is the brainchild and under the direction of María Amalia Pendones. According to the Teatro Nacional’s information on its Web site, the work is a two-act ballet which expresses the story in multiple forms of dance from classical ballet to contemporary dance and hip hop as well as through video animation.
The calendar and specified show times are on the Teatro Nacional’s Web site.
Those interested in seeing the glow of a Christmas tree while on their evening stroll can visit the enormous one in the vicinity of the Hospital de Niños. The picturesque and giant tree is a Christmas fixture with thousands of lights. The lights went on for the season Thursday night.
A donkey in town for the Teatro Nacional nativity scene receives attention from children.