San Miguel De Allende To Celebrate Reign As 'American Cultural Capital' For 2019 With Events Throughout Year
By: San Miguel de Allende Tourism Board
More than 2,000 people joined Municipal President Luis Alberto Villarreal Garcia and president of the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals, Xavier Tudela, at opening ceremonies in San Miguel de Allende. The event began with a two-hour performance by tenor Fernando de la Mora, accompanied by Latin Grammy winning singer Eugenia León. The program also included a video celebrating the traditions, culture, craftsmanship and character of San Miguel de Allende and its people. The entire event culminated with a brilliant firework display that lit up the sky.
Accompanied by the "Guardians of Culture," Municipal President Villarreal shared that "San Miguel de Allende is an example of a multicultural society that faces the influence of the exterior.
"Being the American Capital of Culture translates to comprehensive projects for culture, art and traditions, as well as an agenda of important activities that allow us to reach all corners of the city and rural communities,"
Although San Miguel de Allende is heralded for its multitude of cultural gems, seven specific so-called "treasures" were chosen, by vote, to highlight the city's rich cultural heritage. These seven elements, named "Treasures of Cultural Heritage of San Miguel de Allende," include:
1. The Parish of San Miguel Arcangel and its historical temples.
2. The Shrine and House of Spiritual Exercises of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco.
3. The Feast of San Miguel Arcangel.
4. The Festival of the Lord of the Conquest.
5. The Historical Districts.
6. The Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Zone.
7. Popular Art.
The designation of American Cultural Capital also extends to the 45 other municipalities in the state of Guanajuato, all of which will be able to participate as subsites of San Miguel de Allende. Special events and activities will be taking place to celebrate the title across the region in 2019.
San Miguel de Allende was registered by UNESCO as World Heritage Center in 2008, honored for its cultural and architectural contribution to the Mexican Baroque style, as well as its historic position in the struggle for the independence of Mexico from Spain.
In 2018, San Miguel de Allende was named for the second year in a row by Travel + Leisure magazine as the Best City in the World, thanks to its quality of service, friendliness, cuisine, cleanliness and shopping, as well as for its cultural contribution, architectural beauty and places of entertainment.
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