Budget watchdog seeks a report of how arts festival was organized

The Contraloría General de la República is seeking a report from the culture ministry on the planning, execution and organization of the Festival International de las Artes.

The Contraloría becomes the latest government agency to weigh in on the troubled festival. The Contraloría is the agency that approves contracts and expenditures.

A statement noted that a significant amount of public money is tied up in the festival. The Ministerio de Cultural y  Juventud earlier said that amount was nearly $1.5 million.

Meanwhile, the ministry said that the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will give free concerts in Acosta and Desamparados this week.

Tonight at 7:30, the orchestra will be in the Iglesia de San Ignacio Loyola in Acosta. Thursday the venue will be the Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Desamparados at 8 p.m. The programs are mainly classical and show tunes.

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