FIA International Festival of Arts 2012
This weekend kicks of the bi-annual Festival International des Arts (Costa Rica’s International Arts Festival) , a cultural and arts festival where artists take to the street, theatres and open stages of San Jose for 10 days.
The festival was started back in 1989, a program conducted by the Ministry of Culture and Youth along with the National Theatre of Costa Rica. The FIA Festival International des Arts brings together the best national and international artists aimed to strengthen, encourage and promote the arts and artistic development for the Costa Rican community. Combining National and International artists into one festival produces a diverse and amazing experience.
The first International Theatre Festival in 1989, under the name “San José for Peace brought the public together and awoke a new artistic sense within the Costa Rican society. The first event was such a success that the Ministry of Culture decided to continue the project in 1992, and the festival became a permanent program, taking on the name “Festival of the Arts.”
In 1995, the festival brought International artists to co-operate with National artists and the festival became a bi-annual arts festival. The International Festival des Arts has now run for 12 years, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Every year the Festival of Arts is designated as a Cultural Event National.
As the Arts Festival focuses on artistic diversity, so on-lookers can experience the various international forms of art including modern dance, folk or popular music in general, theater for adults, youth and children, film, multimedia, and street performances.
To help support National arts in Costa Rica, The National Arts Festival provides fees, lodging and local transportation, advertising, handbills, technical assistance, theater, theaters, performance spaces and platforms suitable for presentation to all participating. Costa Rica’s International Arts Festival is largely funded by a large group of sponsors.
If you have not driven by Sabana park in the last week, then you have missed the numerous tents and stages that are now scattered throughout. This is a fantastic event for San José and Costa Rica, and we would encourage everyone to get out there, support the artists and experience the amazing and popular 10 day FIA International Festival of Arts 2012!
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