The music will not be your grandfather’s tango at the Festival Internacional de las Artes.
One of the invited groups is Violentango, which is scheduled for four shows. The 9-year-old group from Argentina may include a bandeleon, the classical tango instrument, but the music is fusion.
Critics say the group appeals to a new generation with what is called modern tango, a fusion of jazz, progressive rock, folklore and world music.
The arts festival said that groups from Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua and Uruguay, as well as Argentina would perform.
The music runs from reggae to ska, all with a Latin twist.
For the first time the festival will be mostly outside of the central canton of San José. Locations in Aserrí, Alajuelita, Acosta and Desamparados will host events as part of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud’s effort to bring music to the areas outside the capital. The festival runs from April 23 until May 3.
However, some shows will be downtown at the Centro Nacional de la Cultura on Avenida 7.
The schedule is HERE!