Alajuela “Ciudad Palabra”. The Storytelling Festival.

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On November 19, 2005, the first International Storytelling Festival “Alajuela City Word Words.” Was inaugurated, in which representatives of Colombia, Spain, Cameroon, Honduras, and, of course, the most outstanding artists of oral expression in Costa Rica.

This festival, which has been in its 14 editions. Has become an artistic-cultural meeting that brings together. The best national and international storytellers and has become a tradition that is full of joy, art and stories to local and surrounding citizens. In addition, it promotes a hotbed of artists, through a continuous process of training in oral storytelling, which stimulates the love of storytelling, play, reading and the value of oral tradition. Involving children, that today are consolidated as great promises of the oral narration of the country.

Precisely, the joy, the feast and the culture promoted by “Alajuela City Word Words”. Was officially established by Executive Decree 42001-C, published in the Official Journal La Gaceta of November 6, 2019, in which November 19 of each year is proposed. as the day of the celebration of “Alajuela City Word”, Which will allow the realization of cultural activities in the province of Alajuela, celebrating the oral narration and counting.

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This decree, signed by Carlos Alvarado, President of the Republic, and Sylvie Durán, Minister of Culture and Youth, also aims to highlight Alajuela’s pride in the value given to oral tradition and, In addition, ensure that future generations meet a province that appreciates word, face-to-face communication and literature.

Juan Madrigal, director and founder of Alajuela Ciudad Palabra, said that This decree signifies an official endorsement of the work with excellence that a group of Alajuela dreamers, we have done in favor of maintaining, for future generations, the intangible heritage of oral tradition.

Alajuela Ciudad Palabra is a civil organization that is currently working to become a cultural association. Since 2005, it has been working to promote the development of storytelling in the country as a way of rescuing the intangible cultural heritage and creating spaces for community gatherings.

The main activity organized by this group is the International Counting Festival, the most important storytelling festival in Costa Rica and Central America, which will soon hold its fifteenth edition. In addition, throughout the year, they carry out other activities such as storytelling workshops, stories in communities, the National Storytelling Show, picnic stories, tour of Alajuela, fairytale nights, among other activities.

In addition the storybook presentations that Alajuela Ciudad Palabra. Performs in different educational centers throughout the year bring the youngest closer to oral storytelling and reading. which encourages cultural heritage, promoting that children value their country and know that they have a story that they can proudly tell to future generations.

November 19, 2019 Day of Alajuela City Word

Cuentos, cimarronas, and much joy, will welcome people of all ages who come to the Teatro Municipal de Alajuela, on Tuesday 19 November, from 10 a.m., to celebrate the day of [Alajuela Ciudad Palabra.


  • From 10 a.m. To 11:30 a.m.

The group Palabras Menores and Rodolfo González

  • From 4 p.m. To 5:30 p.m.

Ana Coralia Fernández y Juan Cuentacuentos.

  • From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The last block that will close on the day of celebration will feature the presentation of the group Hechiceras de Palabras and Los Alaputenses.

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We have a lot to celebrate! In 2018, we got the Municipal Council of Alajuela to officially declare that Alajuela is known as the “City Word’”. That same year, the Council also officialized on November 19 as the Day of Alajuela Word City’ and, after several months of management, Now this day also has the officialization of the Ministry of Culture and Youth and the President of the Republic, commented Andrea Chacón, general producer of Alajuela Ciudad Palabra.

The activities in celebration of “Alajuela Word City”, on November 19, 2019, will be free and open to the whole family.

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