UNESCO has awarded Bogota the title of City of Music and enlisted it as a member of the Creative Cities Network.
According to an announcement by UNESCO, Bogota has joined Seville, Bologna, Glasgow, and Ghent as the fifth City of Music. It is being recognized as a “major center of musical creation and activity in Latin America.”
Known as the “Athens of South America” for its numerous universities and museums, Bogota was named a City of Music because it “boasts an outstanding infrastructure for the creation and promotion of all music genres […] as well as the many public and private cultural spaces provided for performing music.”
Bogota is the newest member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, which consists of cities that promote “music as a tool for socio-economic improvement and cultural diversity.”
In the coming weeks Bogota will host the bi-annual Iberoamericano Theater Festival (March 23 – April 8), the Al Cubo 3 Music Festival (March 27 – April 3), and the Estereo Picnic Music Festival (March 30).