Today begins the weekend-long Festival of Popular Cultural Expression which celebrates the country’s diverse culture and stands against smoking. Festivities kick off at the Centro Nacional de Cultura on Avenida Siete with a concert and tribute to past Costa Rican artists.
The nationwide celebration is also called the Emilia Prieto Festival, in homage to the artist who profoundly impacted Costa Rica’s 20th century art scene through the humor and political critiques in her works.
The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social is also scheduled to be on hand to provide health information pertaining the effects of smoking. Through pictures of damaged organs and the statistics of addiction, the Caja hopes to prevent people from taking up the unhealthy vice in the future. According to the government branch, tobacco deaths account for 50 percent of the nation’s total preventable deaths.
Painters, musicians, actors, and other popular artists will join the cause and spread the message to deter tobacco smoking around the country.
Scheduled shows and performances are intended for audiences of all ages. There will be crafts, food, and other artisanal goods for sale. On Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Espectaculo UPE!! is performing at Teatro de la Danza in the Centro de la Cultura, which also is the culture ministry.
These events coincide with the year’s first Enamorate de tu Ciudad Saturday at a circuit of local parks. Music, visual art, plays, games, and yoga are among the events featured. The Enamorate de tu Ciudad will be held at five different locations: Parque Morazán, Parque La Merced, Parque Espana, Jardin de Paz, as well as a break dancing show at Centro de la Cultura.