• Costa Rica Travel Insurance
  • Costa Rica Coffee Guide

FIAsco continues: Culture Ministry cancels rescheduled international concerts

June 1, 2015

Costa Rica’s Culture Ministry in a press release confirmed the definitive cancellation of all concerts suspended during the failed edition of this year’s International Arts Festival (FIA 2015).

The cancellations include concerts by Chilean pop band La Ley and Argentine stars Miguel Mateos and León Gieco originally scheduled to take place from April 23 to May 3 and rescheduled for June 20-22 during the Switch Festival, a private event that was to take place at the Antigua Aduana facilities in San José.

Recommended: How Costa Rica’s 2015 International Arts Festival flopped

The concerts were part of several events that were cancelled or postponed as a result of several planning delays and scandals that ended up costing former Culture Minister Elizabeth Fonseca, vice ministers Alfredo Chavarría and Luis Carlos Amador, and festival director Inti Picado their jobs.

Temporary Culture Ministry Sylvie Durán has now terminated all contracts, which may trigger claims for damages on the part of producers.

Durán said officials did not consider a private festival to be the appropriate solution for the bands in question.

“We made the rescheduling proposal in good faith, but procedures were not conducted properly,” she said.

Moving forward with these concerts would have meant an additional expenditure of up to ₡50 million ($93,000) for taxpayers, Durán said.

The ministry’s statement also said that the government already has paid producer Decent Showtec 50 percent of the ₡49 million ($91,000) contract for La Ley.

Costa Rica also owes ₡36 million ($67,000) to another production company, Alma Productions, which was to bring six international artists: Miguel Mateos, León Gieco, No te va a Gustar, La Zimbabwe, Majareta Campo and Compañía La Tal.

You may be interested

One million Central Americans will have migrated by the end of 2020, says UNHCR
Costa Rica
5787 views
Costa Rica
5787 views

One million Central Americans will have migrated by the end of 2020, says UNHCR

AFP - December 4, 2020

Violence, socio-political instability and environmental crises that have affected the region in recent years will have caused one million Central…

Costa Rica still plans to negotiate with the IMF, Alvarado says
Costa Rica
1028 views
Costa Rica
1028 views

Costa Rica still plans to negotiate with the IMF, Alvarado says

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 4, 2020

President Carlos Alvarado still intends for Costa Rica to negotiate with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to address the country's…

News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Friday
Costa Rica
2213 views
Costa Rica
2213 views

News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Friday

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 4, 2020

Happy Friday from The Tico Times! Here's the news you should know as a new day starts in Costa Rica.…