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Celebrate Independence Day in Costa Rica with these events
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Celebrate Independence Day in Costa Rica with these events

The Tico Times - September 11, 2019

On Sunday, Sept. 15, Costa Rica will celebrate 198 years of independence. The Culture Ministry (MCJ) has prepared a wide array of activities aimed at celebrating Costa…

Sofía Quirós directs the first feature film from Costa Rica at Cannes
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Arts & Culture
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Sofía Quirós directs the first feature film from Costa Rica at Cannes

Esther Sanchez / AFP - May 20, 2019

With a tale about the struggles of a teenager, in which death is like a “game,” the director Sofía Quirós presented on Sunday in Cannes the first…

A photo exhibit in Jacó connects with the “Divine Feminine”
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Arts and Culture
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A photo exhibit in Jacó connects with the “Divine Feminine”

Caeli Chesin - March 12, 2019

In the middle of trees, a woman looks straight forward. White paint covers her chest. Her mouth is slightly open, as if she's taking a breath. The…

Around the world in a Costa Rica Nativity scene
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Arts and Culture
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Around the world in a Costa Rica Nativity scene

Elizabeth Lang - December 24, 2018

At Christmas time in Costa Rica, Nativity scenes, or portales, come in all different shapes and sizes, with just as many variations in the way they are…

6 questions for an aerial acrobat: ‘It means freedom, risk, and strength’
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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6 questions for an aerial acrobat: ‘It means freedom, risk, and strength’

Amanda Zúñiga - September 23, 2018

As our Weekend Arts Spotlight celebrates its third anniversary, we take a look back at the first edition of the weekly series, published in 2015. The Tico…

Dueling anthems: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Hermosa Bandera’
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Arts and Culture
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Dueling anthems: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Hermosa Bandera’

Robert Isenberg - July 4, 2018

Here’s how the story goes: In 1852, President Juan Rafael Mora Porras was about to receive delegates from Great Britain and the United States. Costa Rica was…

What is Juan Santamaría Day?
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Arts and Culture
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What is Juan Santamaría Day?

Lindsay Fendt - April 10, 2018

Costa Rica, lacking an army since 1948, doesn't have many war heroes. The most notable exception is Juan Santamaría, a poor drummer boy from Alajuela. Santamaría helped thwart…

VIDEO: Retablos, the most durable picture frame you’ve never heard of
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Arts and Culture
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VIDEO: Retablos, the most durable picture frame you’ve never heard of

Robert Isenberg - December 22, 2017

All over the world, people frame their pictures. They take a work of art – a painting, a photo, even a diploma – and press it between…

WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica
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Arts and Culture
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WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica

Andrés Madrigal - December 1, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DXrpDS0M3g Doña Flor Arguedas, 71, has been making tamales since she was 22. That was the year she got married. Her new mother-in-law told her, "Get ready.…

Celebrating Costa Rica Independence Day: Why the Lantern Parade?
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Arts and Culture
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Celebrating Costa Rica Independence Day: Why the Lantern Parade?

Fabiola Pomareda - September 13, 2017

When I was growing up, faroles – the handmade lanterns meant to symbolize the 19th-century journey that brought the message of Central American independence to Costa Rica…