- Representatives of entities from Corfo, ProChile, Sercotec, Sernatur, Seremi de Economía and the Tourism Directorate of Valparaíso, gathered to advance in the design of Valparaíso as a musical city.
As part of the agenda of activities of the Valparaíso project, Music Port -which involves the preparation of Valparaíso's application to the Network of Creative Cities of Unesco, in the music category- an inter-institutional meeting was held with the objective to create bonds of trust and co-creation processes with agents, in this opportunity, of the economic and tourism sector of the city of Valparaíso.
The meeting took place at the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, with Constance Harvey, Seremi of Culture of the Valparaíso Region, being the host. On this occasion, the parties participating were: the regional deputy director of Corfo, Héctor Leiva with two more executives of the entity; the director of ProChile, Vicente Alti; the executive promotion of Sercotec, Ana Correa Toloza, the advisor of the Seremi of Economy, Alexandro Cea; Cristián Salazar, representative of Sernatur, and Osvaldo Jara of the Tourism Department of Valparaíso.
The focus of the meeting was on the co-design of a work plan that includes the application. Thus, through a practical exercise, each entity collected information on initiatives and measures, linked to four areas and strategic visions for the design of a musical city: revitalization of the musical sector, destination of musical tourism; community and quality of life; and the incorporation of music in the process of education and formation of the community.
The appointment was convened by the technical team of the Valparaíso, Music Port - whose objective is to take advantage of the potential of music for the sustainable development of the city of Valparaíso - and it conformed by the Illustrious Municipality of Valparaíso, the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, the strategic program of Corfo, Valparaíso Creativo and the Association of the Music Industry of Valparaíso, IMUVA. This exercise will be repeated with other actors and sectors of the city in order to agree on a design and strategic plan for the musical city.
Creative musical city
Placing music at the center of a territorial development strategy is something totally innovative and it is an understanding of the impulse and design of a city from another perspective.
To understand what it means to have a development model based on a musical city, we took the definition developed by Sounds Diplomacy - strategic consultant in musical ecosystems - about what a musical city is:
“Musical cities provide significant economic, employability, cultural and social benefits. Music contributes to making cities desirable places to live, work and visit. The infrastructure required for music, including venues and festivals, not only nurtures talent, it creates communities and drives innovation, and also contributes to the construction of a city brand ».
On the other hand, the Network of Creative Cities of Unesco, is made up of 180 cities and 30 musical cities, 5 in Latin America, and only one in Chile which is Frutillar.
To be recognized as a creative city is to position creativity and cultural industries at the center of your local development plan and actively cooperate internationally in the field. This implies a long-term commitment, participation process and a future-oriented approach.