Clowns and other circus acts will be featured Friday

The culture ministry will be celebrating the Día del Artista Nacional two days early with events planned for Friday in the Centro Nacional de la Cultura. The official day is Sunday.

Costa Rican artists, from clowns to musicians, will be there. The emphasis this year will be on circus-type performers, hence the clowns. The goal is to help revive the circus arts in the country, said the Minsiterio de  Cultura y Juventud. An announcement said that these types of acts originated in pre-Columbian times.

The ministry said that Friday there will be contortionists and plenty of clowns. The events begin at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m.

The Centro de la Cultura is the ministry facility in the Antigua Fabrica de Licores just east of Parque España on Avenida 7.

The  Grupo Korporación y René Barboza will play while there are workshops with circus themes being presented on various artistic activities. There also will be artisans showing their wares as well as food, said the ministry.

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