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Medellin is Becoming the Concert Capital of Latin America


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Medellin has emerged as the jewel of entertainment in Colombia, consolidating itself as one of the main destinations for concerts in Latin America. Credit:

Medellin, the captivating capital of Antioquia has been recently gaining more traction also as the entertainment gem of Colombia, consolidating its position as the primary destination for concerts and large-scale events in Latin America. This cultural phenomenon has not only transformed the city into a vibrant hub but has also significantly boosted economic and touristic development.

The diversity of Medellin’s cultural agenda is astounding, encompassing plays, concerts, shows, festivals, gatherings, fairs, and conventions. The city also fosters participation in events promoting physical activity, as well as experiences related to circus arts, libraries, and gastronomy.

2022 a good year for Medellin’s event industry

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Aerial view of Medellin, Colombia. Credit: A.P. / Colombia One

In 2022, Medellin established itself as a privileged destination for events that captured the attention of both residents and visitors alike. The city hosted renowned artists both in its emblematic events, such as the Feria de las Flores, and in private events, where figures like Karol G, Marc Anthony, Maluma, Feid, Juan Luis Guerra, Daddy Yankee, and Bad Bunny, as well as the iconic Madonna, left an impression on audiences.

According to a recent report from the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), the Colombian economy experienced a growth of 7.5%, driven in part by three key sectors, including arts, entertainment, and recreational activities, contributing 1.2 percentage points.

The attraction of Medellin as an event destination is the result of the diligent management of the District Administration, leading to the city being certified in 2022 as a “Smart Tourist Destination” by Segittur. This certification recognizes the infrastructure of sites, technical capabilities of organizations, hospitality of its inhabitants, varied gastronomic offerings, diverse lodging establishments, leisure options, and pleasant climate, among other distinctive attributes.

RBD concert beyond expectations in Medellin

This past weekend, Medellin experienced an unprecedented event with the presentation of the iconic Mexican group RBD, which filled the Atanasio Girardot Stadium for four consecutive days. This event not only marked a milestone in the city’s musical history but also had a significant economic impact. According to data from Medellin’s Tourism Intelligence System (SIT), the four days in November when RBD captivated their fans generated an impressive revenue of $27.3 million, directly reflected in the tourist spending of those who came to the city to enjoy the show.

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Tourist sites in the city, such as Comuna 13, were packed with tourists. The event significantly increased the influx of tourists. Credit: Genesis De La Ossa / Colombia One

This success is not an isolated case, as Medellin prepares to close the year on a high note, anticipating the eagerly awaited concert by Karol G, part of her “Mañana será bonito Fest” (Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful Fest). This event promises not only to be an unforgettable musical spectacle but also an additional economic boost for the city.

In the first part of 2023, the city has exceeded all expectations with more than 60 scheduled shows, covering all imaginable musical genres. This vibrant cultural calendar not only provides world-class entertainment but also drives the local economy, creating jobs and attracting national and international visitors who contribute to the sustainable growth of Medellin.

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