Costa Rica National Arts Festival

Costa Rica National Arts Festival

March or April
One of Central America's most famous celebrations of creative expression, the National Arts Festival in Costa Rica draws international artists from over 30 countries and also serves as a promotional engine for its domestic art scene. The annual weeklong event features theater, dance, music, painting, and the fine arts.
The first festival took place in the national capital of San JosÉ in 1989. It was then called the International Theatre Festival and featured the theme "San JosÉ for Peace," an allusion to a harmonious political climate that for decades has fostered Costa Rica's rich cultural life. Beginning in 1992, the event became a permanent fixture on the country's calendar and thereafter was known as the National Arts Festival.
Shows and exhibitions take place throughout the month of March. Both the site of the festival and its program alternate each year: in even-numbered years, San JosÉ hosts the festival and invites international submissions; in odd-numbered years, a city outside the capital coordinates a plan of events that exclusively features Costa Rican artists.
CONTACTS:
Festival de las Artes
Tercer Piso
Teatro Popular Melico Salazar
San JosÉ 8569-1000 Costa Rica
www.festivaldelasartescostarica.com