The first Costa Rica women’s band will debut this Saturday in the amphitheater of the Centro Nacional de la Cultura at 5:30 p.m.
The ensemble is made up of 19 female members of the Ministerio de Cultura bands program, plus 17 guests for a total of 36 performers.
The concert is free and open to the public. The direction of the Banda de las Mujeres will be in charge of Pilar Redondo and Pamela Goyenaga.
“The creation of the Banda de las Mujeres of Costa Rica is part of the commitment of the cultural sector to the national policy on gender equality. We must fight for equality in all areas of life, in this case, the recognition and promotion of professional female musicians,” said Silvie Durán, the head of the cultural ministry.
“When three decades ago the first woman managed to join a concert band, she encountered adverse circumstances and the mockery of those who questioned their performance by reason of their gender,” she added.
The Costa Rican directorate of bands has 171 years of existence and is the oldest cultural institution. After the abolition of the army in 1948, the bands transformed their original military nature into civilian concert bands.
At some point, they were part of Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.