San Miguel de Allende in Mexico begins its year as the American Capital of Culture
The Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato, begins this Tuesday, January 1, as the American Capital of Culture. It will have this designation throughout 2019.
The distinction was the result of its cultural and architectural contribution to the Mexican Baroque and its importance in the struggle for the independence of Mexico from Spain, as detailed by the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals (Ibocc, by its acronym in English), by granting recognition, in last august
This city has a population of 171,857 inhabitants and an area of 1,569 km2. In 2008 it was registered by Unesco as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity and in 2017 it was named by Travel + Leisure as the best city in the world for its quality service, friendliness, gastronomy, cleanliness, shopping experience and mobility, plus of its cultural contribution, architectural beauty and places of entertainment.
Currently Mexico leads the number of designations of American capitals of culture in history with 5 cultural capitals: Mérida (2000), Guadalajara (2005), State of Colima (2014), Mérida (2017) and San Miguel de Allende-Guanajuato ( 2019).
Brazil is followed by four (Maceió, Curitiba, Brasília and São Luis) and Chile with three (Iquique, Santiago and Valdivia). Argentina (Córdoba); Colombia (Barranquilla); Ecuador (Quito); Panama (Panama City); Paraguay asuncion); Peru (Cusco), Puerto Rico (Mayagüez / Puerto Rico); The Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo) and Venezuela (Anzoátegui) have had an American Capital of Culture.
The American Capital of Culture was created in 1998 and promotes inter-American integration from the cultural sphere and contributes to a better knowledge among the peoples of the American continent, respecting their national and regional diversity, "while highlighting the common cultural heritage "
The American Capital Organization of Culture is a member of the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals and internationally promotes the American capital cities of culture and establishes new bridges of cooperation with other cultural capitals of the world. In addition, it is accredited to the Organization of American States (OAS) and has the recognition of the Latin American and European parliaments.
Meanwhile, the Chilean city of Punta Arenas will be the American Capital of Culture 2020, which is why Chile would tie Brazil with the number of cities with this designation.