The Matambú folk dance group performed at the 2021 Folkloriada festival that took place in Bashkortostan, Russia.
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Published on Monday, July 12, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Matambú folk dance group performed at the 2021 Folkloriada festival that took place in Bashkortostan, Russia.

They presented their show at the closing ceremony on Saturday at 7:40 a.m. Costa Rica time,  before thousands of people who, despite the pandemic, attended the festival.

"Thanks, Matambú family! This is how a dream and a work cycle are fulfilled, where we learned thousands of things and never gave up!" posted the members of the group on their social media.

A segment of the performance released by the Tico group can be seen on AM Costa Rica's YouTube channel.

The International Cultural Festival, VI World Folkloriada took place in Russia this year with the performance of local artists and representatives of 17 countries, including Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Greece, Hungary, India, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States among others.

The festival is organized by the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), which is an international nongovernmental organization in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the goal of safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of the countries.

The festival was originally established to be held in 2020, but it was postponed until this year due to the pandemic. According to the organizers, all the sanitary guidelines were taken to avoid covid-19 contagion.

Before the pandemic was declared, another group of Costa Rican folk dancers performed in the U.S. Rose Parade 2020 that took place in Pasadena, California, on New Year's Day.

The 270 young musicians of the Municipal Band of Zarcero danced along the 9 kilometers of the parade, performing the melody "Jabirú" of the Costa Rican composer Mauricio Piedra Quirós.

Some expats may remember this performance because the official site of the parade mistakenly wrote the name of “Costa Rico.” It was an obvious confusion with the country Puerto Rico.  Minutes later, the parade organizers apologized for the confusion, "we are sorry that the information we originally provided had an error."

The Band released a video of their performance at the Rose Parade which can be seen on AM Costa Rica Youtube Channel as well.

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