An important announcement was made in Valparaíso on Monday, December 11. As part of the launch of the 14th edition of the Rockódromo Music Festival, the mayor of Valparaíso, Jorge Sharp, in the company of the Minister of Culture, Ernesto Ottone, together with the president of the Valparaíso Music Industry Guild, Matías Mancisidor, announced the will to apply Valparaíso to the Network of Creative Cities of Unesco, in its category of Musical City.
The mayor of Valparaíso, Jorge Sharp, said that “This is the same category that the city of Frutillar has today, in the south of the country, and that is very well deserved, without a doubt. We believe that Valparaíso, as a World Heritage City, Cultural Capital of Chile and as one of the cities that forged the country and that houses the main port, among many other features, is at the height of developing this process, which is what will allow a tremendous opportunity to make this city, continue to be, now with greater resources, with greater conditions, with greater infrastructure and with greater opportunities, the Cultural Capital of Chile, but in particular, the capital of musicians in Chile "
This distinction seeks to access benefits such as the link and communication with other cities that share this attribute, in search of collaborative commitments, but also strengthen the impact of the creative industry on the development of the community, incorporating creativity as a tool of learning and implementing social inclusion programs through art.
¿What is a Musical City?
The president of IMUVA, Matías Mancisidor, explains what it is to be a musical city.
“A musical city is a management model that is based on music and that allows to energize cities in economic and social terms, through the cultural and musical heritage. This model has been developed in other cities around the world and opens a super important and unprecedented opportunity in the social processes of Western countries. For the first time, it places a cultural sector such as music at the center of a city development strategy. That is something completely new because it has never been seen before and experience shows that it achieves important and interesting results, as powerful as any other productive axis one already has. ”
“It is a process, so you have to build an agenda, which should culminate with the recognition of Musical City by UNESCO. The important thing is that the processes and the agenda has to be articulated around this. We are talking about a paradigm that is systemic, more holistic, so it is a development model that links education, health, safety, productivity, promotion, creation, public spaces, urban regulation, night economy and more. All of that has to be organized and led by the same work table. The construction of this work table, the sum of the actors that set the objectives, must be carried out by the Municipality, with the Council of Culture, IMUVA and the rest of the social actors that take part in this. ”
“As I said before, they are models that are already more holistic, more systemic, a new paradigm of how things are understood today, unlike the“ classic ”industrial model, so to speak. Creativity is given an economic capacity value, so articulation is essential. Everything is understood as a system, it is not separate, they have implications, music intersects, urban regulation, night entertainment, tourism, etc., everything has a common point that is music, in this case. Through music, energize these processes and actors ”.