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Monday, October 1, 2012

Saturday are FUN Days in San Jose Costa Rica

A.M. Costa Rica photo montage by Kayla Pearson
A recent Saturday ¡Enamorate de tu ciudad! was sort of like a three-ring circus.
Saturdays are days to show love of the city and to just have fun
By Kayla Pearson
SOURCE:  AMCostaRica.com/092712.htm#32

Every Saturday the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud along with Banco Popular and Alliance Française invites the local communities to rediscover Costa Rica's parks and fall in love with downtown San José.

“The main objective of the program is to activate the cultural leisure activities on a schedule of proposed activities for relaxation, fun, education, physical activity and the active participation of the public of all ages,” said the ministry's Web site.

The cultural ministry launched this weekend program, ¡Enamorate de tu ciudad! Corredor Cultural, last year on Feb. 12.  Since its initiation, artists, yoga instructors and musicians have come to spaces such as Parque España, Parque Jardín de Paz and Parque Morazán to bring patrons culture, exercise, entertainment and fun.

“With cultural and recreation interventions, it has been possible to strengthen a culture of peace among people of all ages and from various social strata, who Saturday to Saturday are at a meeting point that is safe and proper for the accomplishment of
various cultural and recreational activities,” said a release from Alliance Française.

Alliance Française will present an exhibit about the weekend event today at 7 p.m.  The showcase will have photographs showing some of the different activities carried out in the parks and their impact on the visitors.  Also on display will be items made in construction workshops visitors to the program made. The exposition runs until Oct. 11 at the organization's Barrio Amón location.

Youth from urban areas will present drawings, mosaics and an audiovisual presentation tonight. These young people will also perform an urban dance.

This exhibition intends to capture the essence of the program which consists of the activation of the parks in San José, as cultural, permanent, and open spaces that promote the recovery of traditions, through performances, where the visitor can interact and be an integral part of the program, Alliance said.

¡Enamorate de tu ciudad! is held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   The programming includes guided visits to museums, visual art workshops, yoga, capoeira and Creole swing, poetry readings, music and circus acts, sports, board games and crafts.

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