Big summer festival begins today in municipal parks

A.M. Costa Rica/Kayla Pearson
Tents are up for the event that begins today.

The Municipalidad de San José will follow up the X games with the summer festival Transitarte 2013 this weekend in an effort to bring art to the streets. The event begins today and lasts through Sunday.

Transitarte will be carried out in all the parks and culture spaces of San José.  Locations include Parque Morazán, Jardín de Paz, Parque España, Parque Nacional and the Central Nacional de la Cultura, the old liquor factory.

In these areas community members will be able to develop artistic skills in workshops while enjoying open air concerts, literature readings, art performances, sports and recreation activities, crafts and visual arts.

The motto “Centroamérica Viva y Unida” allows for active participation from all patrons, the municipality said.

A special stage has been built across from the Assemblea Legislativa walkway in Parque Nacional.  Some bands that will play include Un Rojo Reggae Band and República Fortuna who will perform today, The Wookies, Hello Seahorse, Sonámbulo Psicotropical and Son de Tikizia who are scheduled for Saturday and Escats and Disco Ruido who will entertain crowds Sunday.

While night concerts happen in the national park, the Festival de Cine Bajo las Estrillas, a late night movie showing, will commence simultaneously in the amphitheater of the Centro Nacional de Cultura Friday and Saturday.

Also, a boxing ring has been put in Parque España.  Fights of male and female boxers from 10 cantons across the country who range from 48 to 92 kilograms will have matches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To keep with the Olympic spirit, the British Embassy will inaugurate a photography exhibition today at 9 a.m. in the Paseo de los Damas, located in the walkway at the top of the bridge across from Parque Morázon.  The exhibit, “San José y Londres: Ciudades Con Legado Deportivo” will honor the Costa Rican athletes which participated in the 2012 Olympics and Paralimpics.

Persons such as Aundrey Amador, Gabriela Traña and Osman Murillo will be depicted on 16 canvases set up for the three days.  Afterwards, the pictures will be rotated throughout the country.

“This exhibition aims to bring to the streets knowledge to all Costa Ricans about the contribution of the Olympic legacy and the importance of the effect of the practice of the sport in the person,” said a municipality release.

“The canvases contain inspirational messages of athletes and that motivate new generations to practice sports and lead a healthy lifestyle,” it continued. “The words of Gabriela Traña: ‘It is not great when you win the competition, it is great every day, in every step, the details of the effort, discipline, and perseverance that allow us to achieve the dreams that we have built’.”

Daily activities will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 11 p.m..  A complete program can be viewed HERE!

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