Free music, free movies and free shows are all on this weekend

Free is the key word for many cultural activities going on this weekend.

The 2017 Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales recently opened at the Museo de Arte Costarricense. The exhibition features 38 works by 27 different artists in painting, sculpture, photography and video among other mediums. This year’s exhibition received more than 242 proposals from over 155 different Costa Rican artists to be presented to the country.

The Salón Nacional’s artwork will be open to the public until June at the museum located in Parque La Sabana. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday with entrance free for everyone.

Meanwhile in film, the “Preámbulo” continues on every Thursday and Friday evening at 7 with Saturdays and Sundays playing movies at 4 and 7 in the afternoon. The showings are played at the Sala Gómez Miralles at the Centro del Cine north of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros building. There is no entry or ticket fee.

Escazú will get a free concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional at the Parroquia San Miguel Arcángel de Escazú. The concert is tonight at 7 p.m. and will include the orchestra’s rendition of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous “The Four Seasons” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Las cuatro estaciones porteñas,” according to the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

This concert will represent the first time that the orchestra has played both works in the same performance, the ministry said.

Entrance for the show will begin at 6 p.m. while the concert is expected to last almost an hour and a half.

Today will also mark the premiere of the new TV series “Forjadores.” The opening will also bring with it hula-hoopers and dancers at the Plaza de la Democracia at 6 p.m. The activity is expected to last until 7:30 p.m., according to the cultural ministry.

This Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. the United World College in Santa Ana is hosting its festival celebrating diversity. Organizers said that it is an event full of music, dancing, food, sales, games and more.

If that sounds typical of festivals, then the difference in this one will be that every single thing involved in the festival will have an international focus showcasing all the cultures of the world at the school, the college said.

Not free but for a good cause is Sunday’s Cruz Roja event.

The organization expects to field more than 1,000 runners and walkers Sunday for its third annual Carrera por la Vida at Parque la Sabana.

The rescue service is offering 9.1- and 5-kilometer courses as well as a 5-kilometer walking route. The starting point is at the west side of the park. The finish line is at the nearby Estadio Nacional.

The starting time is 7 a.m. The enrollment fee is 15,000 colons, and there are prizes ranging from a motorcycle to hotel stays, said the Cruz Roja.

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