Montevideo Culture Capital of Latin America

Signage throughout Montevideo trumpets the city’s selection as 2013 Cultural Capital of Latin America.

As one of the Latin American capital cities with the highest standards of living, Montevideo residents and visitors always have something to celebrate, but 2013 promises to be extra special for lovers of art, dance, music, theater, festivals and fine dining.

Montevideo has been named the 2013 Latin American Culture Capital by the Union de Ciudades Capitales Iberoamericanas (UCCI). The celebration started in January with a series of summer concerts on Montevideo’s waterfront rambla with groups like Bajofondo (Argentina), Olodom (Brazil) and La 33 (Colombia).

This week the focus turns to fine dining with Discover Montevideo Fine Dining 2013, a ten-day celebration of local cuisine in 28 of the city’s most popular restaurants like BurlesqueLa Perdiz, Tandory and Walrus. From February 8-17, all participating restaurants will feature traditional Uruguayan dishes with a complimentary glass of wine.

Elton John joins the celebration in March with a Montevideo concert on March 4. Other international festivals coming to Montevideo this year will showcase film, tango (April), design (June), contemporary art (November) and new Latin music among others. Opera, chamber music, community theater, book fairs, sporting events and even a festival celebrating the maridaje cultural of food and film are all on the capital city’s cultural calendar in 2013. Visit the official facebook page for a full calendar of events.

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