THE sixth annual National ArtsFestival will be held in Heredia June 18-26 in Heredia’s Parque Central and thesurrounding areas. A host of art forms willbe represented, from music, dance, folkloreand theater to cinema, literature andpoetry. More than 3,000 artists will participatein approximately 100 shows andperformances. The numerous activities aredesigned to appeal to children, teenagersand adults alike.Performances will be concentrated onthe “Boulevard of Arts” – 300 meters ofAvenida Central that will be closed off tocars to make a pedestrian-only walkwaywhere art exhibits, live music, paradesand circus performances can be enjoyed.The purpose of the festival is toexplore and celebrate the diverse cultureand art of Costa Rica. The celebration willbegin daily before noon and end close tomidnight, providing at least 12 hours ofuninterrupted art exposure. Admission isfree. For a schedule of events, see theCalendar pages.