Puerto Viejo celebrates a weekend full of art and performances

Guest performer Jorge Alberto Solés of Bon-art from San José mugs for the camera at the free Arte Viva event. The
dancers are from a private group in Hone Creek. Solís entertained with pantomimes and a juggling workshop

Arte Viva, the annual arts festival held in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, celebrated its closing day of the weekend with performances by children from schools in the surrounding villages in the Casa de la Cultura, the town’s community center.

Paintings by local artists provided a colorful backdrop to the performances, which included puppet shows, flamenco, ballet and calypso dances, pantomimes, a juggling workshop and other entertainment by local and guest performers.

Arte Viva was envisioned and organized by area residents including Claudio Ambroso, also leader of the popular local band, Plan B.

Since its first event, Arte Viva has gathered the community in a celebration of local creativity to showcase a wide variety of local talent.

Workshops and performances featured theater and film, many genres of dance, sports and martial arts, ceramics workshops and exhibits, concerts by local bands, and visual art exhibits by adults as well as children from the area’s schools in Manzanillo, Playa Chiquita, Cocles and Puerto Viejo. Arte Viva is sponsored by area businesses. For more information, visit: www.arteviva-puertoviejo.com.

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