Nosara High School Hosted Art Festival

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During the morning of Wednesday, June 5, the Bocas de Nosara High School hosted an activity full of creativity, music, color and movement as part of the Student Festival of Arts (FEA). Students and guests from other institutions were invited to participate in the performing arts as well as fine arts exhibitions by pre vocational workshop students.

The festival was attended by over 100 people and included the participation of young people in areas such as music, theater, choreography, monologues and popular dances.   The participation of the 10 senior citizens from the Nosara Kitson Library group garnered the most applause from the public, making the faces of spectators shine with joy with their typical dances and bombas, which are Guanacaste-style rhymes.

“This arts festival is very important because it motivates the audience to work together and fosters fellowship through dance. Additionally, the winners will go to the district and regional competition and this is a chance to get to other places and live with other people,” said Regina Amacker, one of the judges of the event and an active member of the Culture Committee of the Association for the Nosara Development Association (ADIN).  

This committee recently began to form the idea that the youth of Nosara find a space for growth and development of their potential through dance.  Ms Amacker also said that she enjoyed the event for the variety, noting there were modern and traditional elements by young and old.

Erin Lopez Cordova, a fifth grader at Bocas de Nosara High School, said that “this festival is about each person showing their talent since we all have different talents and it is important that we develop in different areas”, adding “it brings us closer to our roots.”

Lopez, especially welcomed the involvement of senior citizens in the activity and admitted: “I have a grandfather and I would not like for him to be excluded” he said.

The director of the institution, Evelyn Garro, said the activity “was focused on the community … for the community to know that students are worth and have an artistic talent. I am very happy because many students participated. “

Her joy is understandable considering that, of the 40 people who participated in some form of artistic presentation, 28 were students.

The director also noted that it is important “that the kids see that being an artist doesn’t have to mean conforming to a culture that is not theirs, because unfortunately there are many kids that get off track because they adopt cultures that don’t belong to them and the true artist is the one they carry inside.” 

The main act to close the festival was Inocente “Chente” Gutierrez Gutierrez, a 93-year poet from Santa Cruz, who delighted the audience with some of his love poems and even improvised during his presentation.

Don “Chente” concluded with an important contribution to the community and to the general culture of the area, as he not only improvised poems dedicated to some of those present, but also donated his personal notebook in which he wrote drafts of many of his poems and a copy of a book about his life and work.

The poet told us that he only attended school up to third grade and had to enlist the help of a Spanish teacher to transcribe his poems because, he said: “I was not good at spelling”.

But without doubt, the most outstanding feature of this poet and author of books like “To remember is to live”, is by far his humility.   He says that he was born poor and will die poor, because he is not interested in wealth, indeed, you note in his voice and his eyes, at 93 years of age, that what really matters to him are the verses and riddles.