Cultural events are taking place again now that the holidays are over and public school classes have resumed.
The culture ministry already began its Art City Tour Tuesday. This is the free monthly tour of museums, galleries and other cultural venues for which even transportation is provided.
Today is the seasonal debut of Música al Atardecer, the afternoon cultural events at the Teatro Nacional that are geared to capture audiences of downtown workers.
Today the performer is Saxurbano, a group that will present popular and classical music with a Latin American flavor. The group is made up of graduates from the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Instituto Nacional de Música
The 5 p.m. performances will take place every Thursday with different types of performances.
Saturday is the first Enamorate de tu Ciudad of the year. The event is in the Centro Nacional de la Cultura on Avenida Siete as well as in España, Morazán, Jardín de Paz and La Merced parks. Banco Popular is supporting the cultural displays along with the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.
This week the Orquesta de Lubín Barahona and the Caballeros y Damas del Ritmo will perform.
In addition to the music program there are artistic happenings, table games of chess, Ping Pong, dance classes of hip hop and break dancing and booths with articles for sale. The Saturday events run through November.
Last year more than 340,000 persons attended, said the ministry.
The time is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Although not an organized cultural event, there is another gathering Friday.
If the mere suggestion of Valentine’s Day isn’t enough to get someone in the loving spirit, there’s a flash mob that will. A global activist group is calling for people to gather in cities around the world to dance and sing in the name of stopping violence directed towards women.
One Billion Rising’s campaign invites the public to make their voices heard. Founded 16 years ago by Eve Ensler, writer of “The Vagina Monologues,” the movement asks people of all walks of life to band together outside of places that women should be promised safety but often do not receive it, such as court houses, police stations and schools).
The One Billion Rising for Justice flash mob will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Plaza de la Cultura, which is located downtown.