he second annual Festival Internacional de Calypso begins in Cahuita, Limón, this Friday with live musical performances from local and international artists. Calypso is
an Afro-Caribbean genre of music that began in Trinidad and Tobago and is characterized by heavy usage of brass instruments and rhythmic vocals.
This year’s festival is dedicated to Walter “Gavitt” Ferguson, an influential Costa Rican musician who grew up in Cahuita. His first album, “Mr. Gavitt: Calypso of Costa Rica,” was released in 1982.
The Programa Corredor Cultural Caribe of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud is producing and hosting the event. An organization statement said this festival offers people a chance to relive and celebrate a style of music that has been largely forgotten in the region.
“The festival’s objective is to give a space that allows for the demonstration of the cultural and artistic aspects of calypso and to preserve its cultural heritage,” the statement read. “Also it provides an option to attract tourism to the area.”
Nearly 20 musical acts are scheduled to perform throughout the weekend, including the Rumberitos de Puerto Viejo, Cahuita Youth, and Calipso Caliente.
It will take place in Parque Alfredo González Flores and begins Friday at 5 p.m. The festival then continues from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, which includes an 8-kilometer run on the day’s packed schedule.