Under-17 world soccer event prompts festival in Liberia

The Women’s Under-17 World Cup begins Saturday in Liberia. Ghana faces off against North Korea and Germany will play Canada to get the action started for Group B. The soccer tournament coincides with the Festival Guanacaste 2014.

From Friday to March 31, the festival will put on concerts, art shows, fairs, movies, workshops, and more for Costa Ricans and soccer lovers from all over the world. As a sort of cultural reunion, the event will bring together 2,500 different artists from 50 different artistic groups.

Most of the activities will be centered around the Parque Mario Cañas Ruiz in Liberia as they begin Friday. Guanacaste authorities said this hectic period gives the province and the town of Liberia a great opportunity for international recognition.

“As a host city we must integrate ourselves in the objective of converting Liberia and Guanacaste into sporting venues enriched with culture and welcoming to the domestic and foreign visitors in celebration of the Women’s Under-17 World Cup,” said Vera Vargas from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud in Guanacaste.

The ministry is planning a giant concert with 220 Costa Rican musicians Saturday, March 22, at Parque Héctor Zúñiga.

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