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Costa Rica’s culture minister sacked over failed international arts festival

May 12, 2015

Costa Rica’s Culture and Youth Minister Elizabeth Fonseca Corrales and two of her vice ministers were fired this week over the failed 2015 International Arts Festival (FIA). The government invested some ₡782 million ($1.4 million) in the two-week festival, even though most of the scheduled events and presentations were canceled following a series of failures in coordination and logistics.

President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed the three officials’ exit Tuesday at a press conference following the weekly Cabinet meeting at Casa Presidencial. The president also confirmed that Fonseca had dismissed FIA Director Inti Picado on Monday.

In recent days Fonseca had said she would not leave her post despite widespread outrage over the implosion of the traditionally successful festival. However, she submitted her resignation letter at the president’s request on Tuesday morning.

Read all The Tico Times 2015 FIA coverage

On Monday evening, the now ex-minister sent Solís a report he had requested on the festival failures. (Download the 15-page report, in Spanish, here. It’s quite a read.) She also was scheduled to appear before the Legislative Assembly at 3 p.m. Tuesday to explain what went wrong.

In her resignation letter, Fonseca said: “I hope that whoever replaces me in the ministry will preserve the vision we have been developing. A vision that calls for opening opportunities for cultural rights for all citizens throughout the country and not just in the Central Valley. A vision that all communities in the country deserve cultural infrastructure and not just the country’s capital.”

President Solís said he will announce replacements for the ministry’s top officials in the coming days.

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