Summer festivals planned for next two weekends

San José is the scene for two weekends of performances, expositions and other types of cultural activities. The culture ministry has joined with the municipality to fill the center city parks with activities.

This weekend is the first for what is called El Festival Veranos or summer festival. It is the product of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. The festival continues the following weekend, too, from March 11 to 13.

The weekend of March 11 also is when Transitarte 2011, the Municipalidad de San Jose’s cultural festival, takes place.

The locations will be Parque Morazán, the adjacent Parque Jardín de Paz, Parque España, the Centro Nacional de la Cultura, Parque Nacional, Paseo de las Damas and the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones.

Ministry officials and Mayor Johnny Araya have a press conference today to outline the agenda and the specific artists who will be performing.

The usual fare covers a wide range of arts and cultural activities, including stand-up comedy, sports, music, dance, theater, circus acts, street performances, visual arts, literature, and an open category. Signups from performers and artists were sought late last year. There were 455 proposals in nine categories.

Just like at the circus there are multiple events going on at the same time. And they are free.

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