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Morelia Creative City of Music

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Welcome to  Morelia Creative City of Music!

A colonial city that will captivate you with its rich history, culture and tradition. Located in the heart of the state of Michoacán, in Mexico, it is known for its magnificent colonial buildings, its music festivals and its exquisite cuisine.


Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991 for its Historic Center that has more than a thousand buildings built in its characteristic pink quarry, the city of Morelia offers a unique and authentic experience with its cobbled streets, squares, churches and monuments that reflect both its rich history and its culture.

The First Creative City of Music in Mexico

Morelia is the first city in Mexico to have been designed as a UNESCO Creative City of Music in 2017. It is home to a thriving music and cultural scene, steeped in tangible and creative heritage offering a wide range of genres ranging from early music, colonial, classical, folkloric and traditional, to electronic music with the latest technologies.


Musical events have been an important pillar of the local creative economy, supporting local artists to link their works nationally and internationally, since the city has a wide range of music festivals throughout the year such as the International Organ Festival de Morelia (the oldest on the continent), the Morelia Miguel Bernal Jiménez Music Festival, Jazztival, the Opera Festival, the Mariachi Festival, the Guitar Festival, among many others.

Primera ciudad creativa de la música en México
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Musical Institutions

The city is also known for its musical history preserved from pre-colonial times with its traditional Purépecha songs known as "La Pirekua", designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.


In addition, it is home to various cultural venues, both public and private, offering programs and specializations in the field of music, such as the UNAM Campus Morelia, which offers the Bachelor of Music and Artistic Technology, the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, considered the oldest higher education institution in the American continent, as well as the Conservatorio de las Rosas, a music teaching institution founded in 1743.

Local Goverment

The local government has committed itself to both the promotion and the development of the different artistic and cultural manifestations that make Morelia a unique city. For this reason, in 2017, the Ministry of Culture was created, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and opting for the creative field of music in order to make visible the musical vocation with which the city has historically been identified. As a result, Morelia is now one of the few cities in the world to have the dual designation of a UNESCO Creative City and a World Heritage Site.


The Ministry of Culture has invested in cultural centers, stage forums, workshops, and musical production in Morelia, promoting the regulation and development of the local cultural industry. Workshops have been given to professionalize the cultural sector in addition to helping local artists to manage and present projects. These have the support to find new opportunities in the professional environment such as research grants, postgraduate courses and the presentation of lectures.

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Twice designated by the UNESCO

In the world, only 40 cities have been designated twice by UNESCO and Mexico has four of them, with Morelia being the first in the country in the creative field of music.


Morelia joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which promotes cooperation between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.


Currently, the network is made up of 295 cities that work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the center of their development plans at the local level and cooperate at an international level.


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Mexican Network of Creative  Cities

The UNESCO Mexican Network of Creative Cities, made up of Mexico City, Ensenada, Guadalajara, Mérida, Morelia, Puebla, Querétaro and San Cristóbal de las Casas, formalized its formation in January 2020 by signing a Letter of Intent with the UNESCO Office in Mexico, which provides technical assistance and specialized support to strengthen cooperation ties between cities. Xalapa is the most recent city to join the international Network as well as the national Network as the second creative city of music in Mexico.

Under the motto "Inspire to transform", the Mexican Network of Creative Cities defined as a common objective to deepen public policies and carry out sustainable urban development projects, through networks and professional exchanges, that directly affect the well-being of each of its members. populations and position Mexico as a country that recognizes culture and creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development.


UNESCO  National Meeting of Creative Cities

On March 22, 23 and 24, the 9 Mexican creative cities by UNESCO met in the city of Morelia where the Focal Points, considered the links of each city with UNESCO, made agreements and joint work plans to the Mexican Network, with the purpose of carrying them out throughout the year and being able to present them at the next UNESCO Creative Cities Annual Conference that will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Mexican creative cities that were present were:

Querétaro, creative city of design.

Guadalajara, creative city of digital art.

Xalapa, creative city of music.

Mérida, creative city of gastronomy.

Mexico City, creative city of design.

Ensenada, creative city of gastronomy.

Puebla, creative city of design.

San Cristóbal de las Casas, creative city of handicrafts and popular arts.


Likewise, Ibagué, Colombia, which also has the designation of Creative City of Music by UNESCO, was held in this meeting as a guest city, for which it had special participation in presentations within the main venue and the signing of a Twinning between the city of Morelia and the city of Ibagué.

Ciudades Creativas de la Música en el Mundo

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