Arts festival taking shape at Parque la Sabana

The stages are being erected and most of the tents already are up.

The scene is Parque la Sabana, headquarters for the Festival de las Artes that starts Thursday.

A quick trip through the park Tuesday found steel framework in place behind two stages. All that was lacking was the draping material. Technicians were installing sound systems at one point.

Mostly the park was pretty empty with rows of tents standing without contents and without a human presence.

The festival is the biggest cultural event of the year. The event also could generate the biggest traffic jam. There is not a lot of parking around the park.

Festival officials are urging visitors to use the valley train line. The festival workers are putting up posters listing festival events on the trains.

The rail service is expected to announce special hours similar to those that have been announced for the various major events at the nearby Estadio Nacional. Bus service also is expected to be increased.

The festival runs through April 13 with local, national and international participation.

Much of the festival is free, but special events require admission. A full schedule is HERE

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