Annual music festival starts today, but big day is Saturday

The Fiesta de la Música starts today. This is the annual event with roots in France that provides a wide variety of music for persons in 120 countries. In Costa Rica, the events are mainly in the Central Valley from Cartago to Santa Ana.

The kickoff today will be at 10 a.m. at San Miguel church in Escazú. The Municipalidad de Escazú is sponsoring three different marimba offerings.

Saturday will see musical performances in San Jose’s Parque Central, at the Museo Nacional, at the new cultural center Casa 927 in Barrio Amón, at the Asociacion Casa Hogar at the Perpetuo Socorro church, at Multiplaza del Este in Curridabat, at Moravia’s Parque Central and in the Parque Amadeo Chinchilla in Coronado.

Also Saturday there are performances at the Parque Central Cultural Escazucaño, in the Casa Municipal de la Cultura in Santa Ana, and on the steps of the Centro de la Cultura Cartaginesa in Cartago.

The performances range from what is called electronic tango, hard rock and other modern forms to more conventional guitar and mandolin presentations. Some 208 groups sought to play and 57 were selected, organizers said. A full schedule is HERE.

June 21, Tuesday, is the traditional day for the Fiesta de la Música, but organizers are taking advantage of the weekend this year. Principal support comes from the Embassy of France and Alliance Française. The main attraction Tuesday is a 7:30 p.m. exposition that describes music by photographs, as explained by Alliance Française in the program. The exposition is at the French cultural organization’s main headquarters in Barrio Amón.

The musical event has a large number of local sponsors.

The Fête de la Musique had its beginnings in France in 1981 and has grown worldwide since. Costa Rica has had a festival since 2000.

Artists volunteer and are unpaid.

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