With younthful spirit, College week started on Monday, September 2 and runs through Friday, September 6 at the Nicoya campus of the National University (UNA) .
The university invites the general public to enjoy the dances, concerts, sports events and theater workshops. On Tuesday, the performances of several folkloric dance groups delighted the audience at the kiosk located next to the campus soda.
Performances were given by the Technical High School of Hojancha, Leonidas Briceño School, Balador Martinez School of Curime, the dances groups “Toro Sepia” (Sepia Bull) from the Liberia campus and “Asi es Nicoya” (That’s Nicoya) from the regional campus, the group Las Cascadas from Barra Honda and the Kumbala folk group.
Manuel Vargas, president of the Association of University Students (ASEUNAN), explained, “Our goal is to integrate the community of Nicoya with the university.”
Lucina Carrillo Fonseca, professor of music at the Hojancha CTP, said that most members of the group are tenth and eleventh grade students who dance to a variety of genres such as bachata, tropical music, hip hop and break dance.
“First we select the music, then the costumes and finally we refine the choreography,” she explained.
The occasion served a the debut performance for the group of children from Leonidas Briceño School. The little ones received the biggest applause from the audience after their presentation.
Carmen Antonini, coordinator of the group, was pleased by the participation of children since “it is a great motivator for children”
The university week activities continue on Wednesday with the indoor soccer tournament final and an acoustic music festival at 3 p.m.
On Thursday starting at 8 a.m. there will be paintball, ping pong, UNA drawn and video games. At 2 p.m. the festival of bands begins and at 6 p.m. concerts will be performed by local groups Kabuya and Ojo de Buey (Bullseye).
Finally on Friday, the students will be conducting a campaign to collect discarded electronics to combat dengue starting at 9 a.m., and at 2 p.m. theatrical presentations will begin.
The activities conclude with the closing dance at Bar Relax, where Un Rojo Reggae Band will be playing live.
If you wish to attend, you can purchase tickets at the university campus with a presale cost of 1000 colones ($2) for students and 2500 ($5) for non-students.