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By Judy Newell

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San Miguel de Allende Kicks Off Year as American Capital of Culture

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

The honor of being an American Capital of Culture is bestowed annually upon one city in North, Central, or South America. It is meant to highlight a city that demonstrates remarkable heritage, culture, and tradition.

To kick off the celebration, more than 2,000 people joined Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal 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 León, 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 allows us to reach all corners of the city and rural communities,” said Villarreal.

San Miguel has many cultural gems, but seven have been given special attention as noteworthy, including the Parish of San Miguel Arcangel (the Parroquia) 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, the Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Zone, and the city’s popular art.

Special events and activities will take place throughout 2019 around the state of Guanajuato to celebrate the city’s title, since the designation extends to 45 other municipalities beyond San Miguel.

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

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Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Travel Pulse, MSC Cruises, Telegraph, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection


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