Festival openings will test taste for culture in Acosta and Alajuelita

Today will give a good indication of the success of the culture ministry’s $1.5 million bet.

This year for the first time, the activities of the Festival Internacional de las Artes are dispersed among four cantons outside the capital. The event will be inaugurated at 2 p.m. in Acosta and at 6 p.m. in Alajuelita.

The Acosta inauguration is being called the rural one. The inauguration there will be at 2 p.m. in the  park of  San Ignacio de Acosta. A main feature will be an impromptu theater group and at 5 p.m. the Banda de Conciertos de San José and the Banda Municipal de Acosta.

At the same time in the community’s  Plaza de Deportes the musical groups Zimbabwe and Violentango of Argentina and Costa Rican groups Witty y Gavina, Los Kaites and Sonámbulo will perform.

In Alajuelita what is being called the urban inauguration takes place at 6 p.m. The residents’ taste for music will be tested by the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil. The program includes the “Romeo and Juliet” overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and “Russian Easter Overture” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

A major event is the illumination of the Cruz de Alajuelita high up on a nearby San Miguel mountain. Later the public is being invited to engage in video mapping, that is projecting images on buildings.

Performances at 9 p.m. feature the Teatro Humano Cariló and the Compañía Española La Tal. The dramatic efforts will be at the Parroquia Santo Cristo de Esquipulas.

The stated purpose of the dispersal of the festival to the four cantons is to bring culture to the people there.

The festival runs until May 3 with events also in Aserrí and Desamparados.

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