Vendors working hard for opening of art festival today

A.M. Costa Rica/Shahrazad Encinias Vela Peace dove stands guard over the tents that will hold crafts from many countries

Elena Cedillo and her son organized beaded necklaces on a table inside a white tent in front of the Museo de Arte Costarricense in La Sabana. The interior of the tent gives the impression of an artisan marketplace in Guatemala filled with vibrant colored textiles. There are huipiles, a traditional garment, that hang from the walls. And purses that hang from the ceiling. She came all the way from Antigua, Guatemala, with her family to take part as vendors for the Festival Internacional de las Artes.

Ms. Cedillo and her family will sell artisan crafts from Guatemala as they are representing the country with their store, Típica Nebajense. She is the wife of Nicolas Alberto Cedillo, part owner of the store. This is the second year they will participate in the international fair.

She is one of many vendors who are participating in the artisan portion of the fair. Some of the other vendors represent countries such as Egypt, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, and the country of honor, Korea.

There are also artisans who represent Costa Rica. They are part of the Programa de Mejora Artesanal, a program to encourage creativity and improvement among Costa Rican artisans.

Some of these participating artisans took up to six months in the program to create their product, according to a press release from the Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Comercio.

A.M. Costa Rica/Shahrazad Encinias Vela Elena Cedillo with her son organizes a table with jewelry. Behind her son are the hanging huipiles and purses.

The artisan improvement program was sponsored by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica and Café Britt.

The Festival Internacional de las Artes, or international arts festival, has lined up concerts for every day until March 25. This is part of a 10-day event celebrated in La Libertad in between Desamparados and La Únion, southeast of San José. And Parque La Sabana. All big concerts will be held in the La Sabana park. The festival is for all ages. Some of the activities include workshops, music, concerts, dance, vendors, food, theater, and art.

The event is free and open to the public. There is a program available for the festival for 200 colons, approximately 40 cents. The program provides daily information on activities.

Bus routes have changed to cater to those that plan to attend the festival in both parks. The changes will only affect those traveling to and from Parque La Sabana and Parque La Libertad. The alternative routes are only in the evenings. And will end March 24 for La Libertad and March 25 for La Sabana.

The reason for the alternate routes are for pedestrian safety. And to offer alternate modes of transportation to alleviate expected heavy traffic, according to a press release form the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

The temporary bus stops for La Sabana area will only be in effect after 9 p.m. and March 25.

The temporary stops for La Libertad will be today, Saturday, and March 24-25 with the times from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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