San José has officially been painted over with art of every color and form after a worldwide contingent of artists left their stamp on Day One of the Festival Internacional de las Artes.
Action from the inaugural day began at noon throughout Parque la Sabana. The first band on the Banco Nacional stage was Social Club, a local group that features horn-heavy sounds with piano and drum background beats.
Visual art and other musical acts were spread across San José, as they will be for the entire festival, from train stations to public parks. A large book fair has been set up at the Antigua Aduana and runs each day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Today’s diverse lineup of artists is highlighted with a performance by Gandhi at Plaza La Soledad near the downtown church of the same name at 9 p.m. The Costa Rican band has entertained locals for more than 20 years.
The group has received three awards from the Asociación Costarricense de Autores Musicales, acclaimed recognitions voted on by those in the music industry.
The day also includes three separate circus shows at the main tent in Parque la Sabana and an 11 a.m. children’s workshop centered around the paintings of Salvador Dalí.
Another group of artists generating excitement for today has been the Ukrainian theater group, FAT.
Their play “Beautiful Flowers” that combines numerous art genres into one show will take place at Teatro Nacional. Elements of miming, dancing, and theater are all used to investigate grander themes like the dangers of hedonism and the misguiding facets of technological dependence.