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Panama’s Tourism Authority (ATP) will preside over one of the most important folklore events on the Isthmus, the National Pollera Festival taking place through Thursday, July 23. This celebration of the female national costume presents the ideal time to render tribute to a host of traditions by way of a series of competitions, such as the National Violin Contest, the “Camisilla y Sombrero” Contest (in honor of the male costume) and the Accordion Contest.
“Inscriptions for the pollera contest and parade will take place at the Las Tablas gymnasium-auditorium on Wednesday, July 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.,” said Eric Polo, one of the event organizers. “The festival will start at 3 p.m. and the highest honor, the Margarita Lozano prize, will be awarded to the best pollera,” he said.
The National Pollera Festival, officially established in July 1957, takes place each 22 of July within the framework of the Santa Librada religious observance in the City of Las Tablas, Los Santos province. The Festival aims to highlight the country’s female national dress, emphasizing its proper use and highlighting the fine craftsmanship of the provincial artisans who hand sew these elaborate outfits.
In addition, the ATP will continue promoting its “Tourism Culture” program which aims to guide the Panamanian population towards improved interactions with tourists visiting the country.