White Night closes the last Art City Tour of the year this November 22.

Museums, galleries, cultural centers, heritage buildings and open spaces in downtown San José, Barrio Amón, Barrio Otoya, Barrio Escalante and Sabana, will open to the public free of charge this Friday 22 November, from 5 p.m., to celebrate the “Noche en Blanco” (Night in White), an offer of nocturnal cultural tours, and artistic activities, marking the closing of the 2019 edition of the Art City Tour.

By bus, bike or on foot, the public will be able to enjoy the wide and lively cultural offer offered by San José and its surroundings, connecting with more than 100 activities that will take place in multiple spaces in the capital.

The Art City Tour, and its edition “Noche en Blanco”, are an effort of GAM Cultural. “We will have a wide offer in the traditional cultural spaces of San Jose, all the museums and galleries will have exhibitions and activities that the public will be able to enjoy completely for free,” said Henry Bastos, director of GAM Cultural.

MCJ with wide offer. The Ministry of Culture and Youth will participate in the “Noche en Blanco” through its different cultural instances: Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Museo Calderón Guardia, Museo de Arte Costarricense, Cultural Heritage Center, Film Center, National Theater of Costa Rica, National Library of Costa Rica, and up to the National Center of Culture (Cenac) with its Guided Tour Aneécdotas.

Biblioteca Nacional de Costa Rica

Various exhibits will open to the public at the National Library of Costa Rica (BNCR) during the “Noche en Blanco” [White Night], archives, photos and letters representing a selection made by the BNCR and the University of Costa Rica’s School of Librarianship; in addition, the exhibition “Eunice Odio: 100 years of her birth”, composed of letters, photographs, archives and documents about the life of this emblematic Costa Rican writer.

La BNCR brindará además visitas guiadas por sus instalaciones, donde el público podrá apreciar las colecciones, así como los servicios que ofrece la institución.

As an additional attraction, at 6 p.m., the screening of the documentary “Interludio” will be given: urban voices, activity by Gustavo González and the Colectivo musical 5irko-0-Seis, first audiovisual production that uses the genre Rap and Hip-Hop culture as engines of social transformation in Costa Rica.

Centro de Cine

This Friday, as part of its program [Preamble, the Costa Rican Center for Film Production will present the following cinematographic billboard

-5 p.m.,Phantom Boy, by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli. Fantasy and animation. France and Belgium, 2015. Duration, 84 minutes. Cal. All public.

-7 p.m., La jeune fille sans mains, by Sébastien Laudenbach. Animation. France, 2016. Duration, 76 minutes. Cal. + 13.

-9 p.m., La planeté sauvage, by René Laloux. Fantasy and animation. France, 1973. Duration, 72 minutes. Cal. + 13

The entrance to the screenings of the Film Centre, which are held in the Gómez Miralles Hall, are free and open to the public.

Centro de Patrimonio Cultural

Located in front of the former Lehmann Bookstore, the Cultural Heritage Center will have a wide range of offerings, including the exhibition “The Annual Sculptors’ Hall”, a collective exhibition made up of 45 works by Costa Rican sculptors, like Manuel Vargas, Ólger Villegas, Domingo Ramos, Edgar Zúñiga, among others. According to the Heritage Center, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., guided tours of the exhibition will be offered.

On the second floor, at 7 p.m., there will be a concert with the Duo Alba, composed by Gustavo Porras and Andrea Chinchilla, who will perform the guitar and cello. Then, at 7:15 p.m., in the lobby of the building, is presented { I don’t have you{ , excerpt from the choreography}{ Historia se repetándose ~, by Jimmy Ortíz, with the performance of the dancers Wendy Chinchilla and Fabio Pérez, members of the National Dance Company.

Centro Nacional de la Cultura

Anecdotes: A 360 experience for the Cenac, is a tour organized by the Press and Communication Office of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, which invites the public to delve into the history of the National Center for Culture (Cena) in a different way.

The Old National Liqueur Factory, built between 1853 and 1856, is recognized as one of the main public works that were carried out in the administration of the then President Juan Rafael Mora Porras (1853-1859); this building, today is the house of the MCJ; building currently known as Cenac.

To enjoy the 360º visit to the Cenac, the public must carry a smartphone or tablet, hearing aids and have an internet connection -service that will be offered during the tour-; in addition, have the Youtube app and a QR code reader or quick response codes. The Noche en Blanco trails will be offered at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Email registration: [email protected] to tel.: 2221-2154.

Museo Calderón Guardia

In Barrio Escalante, the Calderón Guardia Museum will hold the exhibition “Flora: Vegetable World”, a collective exhibition of ceramics from the School of Plastic Arts of the University of Costa Rica; in addition, the historical rooms about The Social Reforms in Costa Rica.

The Calderón Museum will also offer dance, music, and even a fair. The special program begins at 6 p.m., with a concert of violas in which Renaissance music will be performed; at 7 p.m., an excerpt from the choreography “Los Faustos Rockets de Juan”, by Alexander Solano, performed by dancers from the National Dance Company: Miriam Lobo, Xinia Vargas, Lorenlaine Varela, Carlos Soto, Willy Retana, Pablo Caravaca and Alexander Solano. From 7:15 p.m., there will be a Christmas and Latin American music showcase with the group “Café Chorale”.

Finally, during the “Noche en Blanco”, the esplanade of the Calderón Guardiaalbergará a design market, with exhibition and sale of local design; in addition, there will be coffee tasting.

Museo de Arte Costarricense

In La Sabana, the Museum of Costa Rican Art will open its doors to offer the “Lapsus Sinister” exhibitions. The anguish in the collection of the Museum of Costa Rican Art presents, an exploration of the relationships between the sinister and the anguish: the home, the birth, the human interactions, the duplication, the catastrophes, the demoniac and the death; in addition, the exhibition “Alter Ego”. Rodolfo Stanley, a monographic exhibition about many of the scenes that the author portrays in his work and where he is also the protagonist of them.

In the MAC’s “Noche en Blanco” (White Night), the MAC opens its temporary rooms to the public with an exhibition by Rafael Ángel =Felo García, a tribute to art with an exhibition that includes works from its different stages of production. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an acrylic painting workshop will be offered linked to the works of Rodolfo Stanley’s “Alter Ego Exhibition”.

Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo

The National Center of Culture (Cenac), houses the Museum of Art and Contemporary Design, where visitors can observe the exhibitions:

TENFOLD: Objects, process of Obra Gris, a sample of design objects that are integrated to different spaces and needs, in Room 1.1.

There will also be available “In Oculis Vestris”, a collective exhibition of 16 artists who portray the MADC from their own eyes, in Room 1;

In addition, El discreto encanto de la realidad: Inquieta Imagen 2019, a collective exhibition of contemporary art in hybrid format as a thermometer to measure the work of the Central American and Caribbean region, in Rooms 2, 3 and 4

On the outskirts, El Tanque presents Jonathan Torres’s “Estudios para emular la agonía, a conceptual/experimental process to reflect on death as a foundation for thinking about life”. Last but not least, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., La Pila de la Melaza will have a local design fair, an opportunity to meet and purchase national products.

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

The doors of the National Museum of Costa Rica (MNCR) will open to show its exhibitions: Emil Span’s “Orquídeas”, in the Houses of the Commanders; shows that presents the beauty and variety of Costa Rican orchids, portrayed in paintings by this German artist. In the room of Temporales Sur, the exhibition “Somos vecinos; fauna silvestre en la ciudad” is offered, which presents the coexistence, management and prevention of people with the animals that live in the city.

In the History Room, the public can use the interactive wall, visit the Pre-columbian History room, which takes a journey into the past; in addition, the History of Costa Rica exhibition, 16th-21st century, from the period of contact and conquest to the present.

At 7:30 p.m., the musicians of the Banda de San José will perform the Funk & Blues concert, together with singer Sasha Campbell, in the main courtyard of the MNCR. The invited director will be Ana Pamela Goyenaga.

Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica

Starting at 6:30 p.m., starting on the balconies of the National Theatre of Costa Rica (TNCR), a special presentation of a Costa Rican maroon, which converges as an artists’ collective, founded by producer Andrés Cervilla, will be given by the artist Laura Astorga and the musicians of the maroon La Original Domingueña.

This project is based on sound and visual experimentation, both unified in a single concept in which a group of camera, electronic sounds, dance rhythms and science fiction are combined.

The musical tour begins at the TNCR, then will leave for the surroundings of the patrimonial building, to conclude in the Museums of the Central Bank.


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