By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Festival Internacional de las Artes 2015 got off to a rocky start
Thursday. Government officials canceled activities planned for the
canton of Acosta because an accord could not be reached with the firm
providing the lights and sound systems.
The outdoor musical events planned for Acosta this weekend and those
scheduled in Alajuelita are being moved to the Centro Nacional de la
Cultura, the ministry complex, on Avenida 7 in San José.
Government officials pulled the plug on the Acosta events even as the
public was gathering for a promised 2 p.m. inauguration and others were
setting up food stalls.
The 6 p.m inauguration did take place in Alajuelita.
The La Cruz de Alajuelita was illuminated. President Luis
Guillermo Solis gave a welcome. He was accompanied by his wife,
Mercedes Peñas; Victor Hugo Chavarria, mayor of
Alajuelita, and Elizabeth Fonseca, minister of Cultura y Juventud.
A street parade was pure Costa Rican with mascaradas, some on stilts,
the cimarrona street bands and young women in elaborate Mardi Gras
Still, the public will have to consult the
Municipalidad de Alajuelita photo
She is one of many
young women who marched with elaborate costumes.
festival Web page to
find out where their favorite groups will perform. The events planned
indoors in locations such as the Teatro Municipal de Desamparados and
the auditorium at Parque La Libertad will go on as scheduled. Many of
the presentations planned for Thursday night have been moved to today
Many of the outdoor presentations appear to be moving to the downtown
culture ministry, although there is limited space there. Officials said
that only 450 persons can be accommodated.
LuzArt S.A., the sound and light firm, issued a statement that did not
address the conflict between it and the government directly.