Santa Cruz Sets Up Three-Day Marimba Music Festival

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There are parties where the high point is beautiful women, in others it is the variety of alcohol and in some, it’s tasty food. However, in Santa Barbara of Santa Cruz, the stars will be Guanacaste marimba players.

For the fifth year in a row, the Expomarimba, one of the largest marimba instrument gatherings in the region, will be held on July 10, 11 and 12.

“This activity aims to rescue the cultural heritage of our peoples, but at the same time, activities like these ones promote rural community tourism,” said Minor Gonzalez, event coordinator.

The expo will be held at the Paseo de la Marimba (300 meters east and 25 meters north of the main entrance of Santa Barbara, next to the casona) and all of the concerts are free. The program for the three days is from 12 noon to 9 p.m.

The first day of the festival, there will be a concert with the marimba ensemble of the University of Costa Rica at 3 p.m., and at 6 p.m., the Nakaome marimba group will perform a recital.

On Saturday, the 11th, the Santa Cruz Municipal Band will add flavor to the event, along with masquerades at 2 p.m., while at 6 p.m., the Los Pochos marimba group will liven up the end of the day.

Traditional dances, cart parades, street bands and athletic games will be part of the agenda on Sunday, with a concert by Marimba La Guaria as the closing act.

Food and crafts will be sold at the event.