Government of Caracas asked Unesco to name it creative city of music

Government of Caracas asked Unesco to name it creative city of music

In August 2022, Meléndez announced that he would apply for Caracas in the creative cities contest, after having been “summoned” by that UN agency to do so. At that time, the big question that arose from that, and that still remains, was: does Caracas meet the required requirements, given that in recent years it has undergone an involutive process that has blurred cultural activity as a strategy of social and economic progress?


The Government of Nicolás Maduro asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to recognize Caracas as a creative city of music.

The information was released this Saturday, July 15, by the mayoress of the country’s capital, Carmen Meléndez. “We brought a report to Unesco where we are asking that Caracas be included within the musical creative cities,” said the official during a press conference in which she assured that music “reverberates every weekend” in the streets of the city. city.

“These are days to ratify the Venezuelan affirmative, the Caracas affirmative. These are days of history,” said Meléndez, who added that on July 25 there will be “a great concert” in downtown Caracas with “Russian singers.”

In August 2022, Meléndez announced that he would apply for the Venezuelan capital in said contest, after having been “summoned” by that UN agency to do so.

The big question that arose from that was: does Caracas meet the required requirements, given that in recent years it has undergone an involutive process that has blurred cultural activity as a strategy for social and economic progress?

Also read: An “abandoned” Caracas unsuccessfully seeks to rescue its cultural public agenda

In the city —which navigates between inequality and the state of dissimulation, with the Chavista efforts that have gone through it merely aesthetic arrangements as a flag, without real purposes of urban regeneration— tours are offered in the historic center and some have been recovered facades in the center, but, beyond that, there are only isolated cultural initiatives that are not included in a local government agenda, which should position culture as a structural element of public policies.

However, the fact that Caracas was added to the Unesco Creative Cities Network system could mean an increase in its cultural offer and the generation of employment in the creative sectors involved.

In addition, it is important to mention that more than half of the planet’s population lives in cities and by 2050 that proportion will rise to 80%. To solve the challenges that this implies, jointly, and considering creativity and sustainable development as the main factor, it was precisely that this system of creative cities was created.

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