VIDEO: Costa Rica prison inmates showcase artistic skills at 3-day festival
At first it looked like any other concert: Four men danced in front of microphones, backed up by diverse musicians. They sang and flashed smiles. The audience cheered and rocked to the rhythm. But the men onstage were no ordinary performers: They are all incarcerated in Costa Rican prisons.
For the past five years, a series of workshops has enabled prisoners to learn a variety of skills, including creative arts. A three-day festival at the Antigua Aduana in San José gave these men a chance to showcase their work, from painting and crafts to music and theater. The Tico Times spent a Thursday afternoon at the festival, where inmates played pop songs, performed plays – and one inmate even got married.
Here is a brief sample of the show.
You may be interested
Costa Rica lifting more measures in June; country adds 22 new coronavirus casesAlejandro Zúñiga - May 29, 2020
Costa Rica confirmed 22 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 1,022 cumulative known cases, the Health…
Costa Rica extends coronavirus border restrictions until June 30Alejandro Zúñiga - May 29, 2020
Costa Rica has extended its entry restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic until June 30. Until at least that…