San Miguel de Allende Kicks Off Year as American Cultural Capital

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is celebrating its year-long reign as the American Cultural Capital for 2019 with a series of exciting events.

The honor American Cultural Capital is bestowed annually upon one city in North, Central or South America that demonstrates remarkable heritage, culture and tradition.

The announcement of the titleholder was made in January, and San Miguel de Allende will serve the role through the end of December of this year.

Kicking off the celebration, 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 that included a two-hour performance by tenor Fernando de la Mora, accompanied by Latin Grammy-winning singer Eugenia Leon and concluded with fireworks.

“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,” said Villarreal.

San Miguel de Allende has many cultural gems but seven have been designated San Miguel de Allende, including the Parish of San Miguel Arcangel and its historical temples, the Shrine and House of Spiritual Exercises of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco, the Feast of San Miguel Arcangel, the Festival of the Lord of the Conquest, the Historical Districts, Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Zone and the city’s popular art.

Special events and activities will be taking place throughout 2019 to celebrate the title around the state of Guanajuato where the designation of American Cultural Capital extends to 45 other municipalities beyond San Miguel de Allende.

San Miguel de Allende was registered by UNESCO as World Heritage Center in 2008 and has been named the Best City in the World by Travel + Leisure two years in a row.

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