Cahuita, July 2015.

Each year takes place in Cahuita the International Festival of Calypso.

The main aim of the festival is to be a space that allows show the cultural and artistic manifestation of calypso and cultural heritage to preserve them in time, and an option to attract tourism to the area.

The event is organized by the Caribbean Cultural Corridor Program (CCC) of the Ministry of Culture and Youth (MCJ), in conjunction with the Cultural Committee of Cahuita, the Association for Integrated Development of Cahuita (ADIC); and collaboration with the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), the Municipality of Talamanca, the Local Council of Shared Management of Cahuita National Park, and shops in the area.

The first edition of this event closed with a very positive balance and reached its objectives, attracting cultural tourism to the area and give a tribute to the king of calypso in Costa Rica, Walter Ferguson, who expressed special appreciation to all those who attended this festival and he said his love for this genre: “Since I was little I enjoyed music and here in Cahuita people sang much calypso from Trinidad and Tobago, I enjoyed that pace so I decided to devote myself to touch it,” he says Ferguson.

The Mayor of Talamanca, Melvin Cordero, thanked the community for taking part of the activities “This meeting is of great value for the area and is very important for the rest of the country to know a little more about calypso and Lemon. Time to highlight and exploit the cultural traits that distinguish many groups in the south Caribbean.”

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