Afro Costa Rica

Celebrating Cultural Diversity: The Afro-Costa Rica Initiative’s Multicultural Tapestry


Costa Rica celebrated for its natural beauty, is also a melting pot of cultural diversity, with communities of African descent forming a vibrant part of this mosaic. The Afro-Costa Rica Information Initiative recognizes and celebrates this rich cultural heritage, emphasizing the importance of multicultural and multilingual expression as a cornerstone of national identity.

Cultural Aspects of Communities of African Descent

Communities of African descent in Costa Rica are a living tapestry of traditions, art, music, and histories, contributing significantly to the national culture, from Calypso music to Afro-Caribbean festivals. The initiative seeks to showcase these cultural expressions, emphasizing their role in Costa Rican culture.

Impact of Cultural Events

Cultural events strengthen community bonds and foster identity. The initiative supports events like Carnaval and Afro-Caribbean festivals, serving as platforms for cultural expression and educational opportunities. These events are celebrations and powerful tools for cultural preservation and intercultural dialogue.

Multilingual Heritage

Language preservation and promotion are central to the initiative, ensuring that Creole, Spanish, and English are celebrated and used for cultural expression. This linguistic diversity transcends communication; it preserves a rich linguistic heritage essential to the identity of communities of African descent in Costa Rica.


The Afro-Costa Rica Information Initiative’s commitment to multiculturalism and multilingualism celebrates the diversity of Costa Rican society. By embracing the cultural contributions of communities of African descent, the initiative strengthens national identity, ensuring every aspect of this cultural tapestry is valued.

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Layli Brown Stangeland