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Colombia Approves Highest Budget in History for the Cultural Sector

Colombia Approves Highest Budget in History for the Cultural Sector. Patricia Ariza highlights historical budget for the Ministry of Culture: 701,000 million pesos for 2023.

Colombia’s cultural leader indicated that the 2022 budget for the Ministry of Culture was 562 billion. The projected cultural budget by former President Iván Duque for 2023 was 314 billion. The approved budget under the Petro administration for the cultural sector for 2023 will be over $700,000 million pesos.

On October 12, Patricia Ariza filed her first project before the Congress of the Republic.

 

 

The new cultural initiative includes the transformation of the Ministry of Culture into the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Knowledge (Mi CASA) as a recognition of diversity, knowledge, cultures, heritage, and the different experiences and ways of feeling in the country.

 

Colombia Approves Highest Budget in History for the Cultural Sector
The traditional Cumbia of the Colombian Caribbean. Image Source: Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia.

 

According to the Minister of Culture, Patricia Ariza, the Ministerio de Cultura will operate with the highest budget in the history of Colombia. In her Twitter account, Ariza pointed out that the budget will be more than 700,000 million pesos by 2023.

 

Image source: Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, Twitter.

 

“This budget is equivalent to an increase of 125% of what was projected by the Government of Iván Duque for 2023, which corresponded to $314 billion,” said Ariza.

 

Colombia Approves Highest Budget in History for the Cultural Sector
El Cambio Social es el Cambio Cultural. Image Source: Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia.

 

“Thanks to the government of change and to Congress, we continue working to obtain more resources for cultures, arts and knowledge next year,” added the Minister of Culture.

 

 

Estallido Cultural 

The idea is to advance Colombian culture “with more and better opportunities… based on the culture of peace,” the official said.

 

Colombia Approves Highest Budget in History for the Cultural Sector
“There is nothing that fills me more with pride than an event that integrates the academic, the artistic and the cultural, three elements with which Colombia will become a world power of  life,” said the Vice Minister of Creativity, Jorge Zorro.

 

This initiative will also modify the term “orange economy,” for a more integral concept that captures Colombia’s rich background.

 

Colombia Approves Highest Budget in History for the Cultural Sector
Minister Ariza recognizes the talent of the chontaduro women and the symphonic cacerolazo. Image source: Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia.

 

“Social change is Cultural Change,” tweeted the Ministerio de Cultura, “that is why the Estallido Cultural (cultural explosion) for Peace and for Life will promote, through art, a cultural transformation. Peace and life are themes at the center of Colombia’s national narrative.”

 

 

Colombia’s New Cultural Model

On September 22, the Minister of Culture presented the 4 axes of her work plan in an assembly with ambassadors from Latin America. Through the themes of Culture of Peace; Living Memory and Art; Education for Life, and Colombia in the Globe, the nation aims to weave and build a cultural agenda of cooperation and integration.

During this meeting, the Ministry of Culture proposed an Encuentro Regional, a Latin American Meeting to discuss the role of arts and cultures in social change.

 

Colombia Approves Highest Budget in History for the Cultural Sector
Representatives of Latin American countries met with the Minister of Culture of Colombia. Image Source: Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia.

 

Ariza seeks to position Colombia as a center of artistic and ancestral knowledge. The Minister of Culture met with various ambassadors and diplomatic representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean and shared the ideology of good living and the política del amor of the government of Gustavo Petro.

 

 

“From the government of El Salvador, we will also accompany this initiative of the Regional Meeting” added, Sandra Morales, Ambassador of El Salvador.

The Chilean ambassador also expressed support for a Latin American Meeting: “This Estallido Cultural channels the deepest soul in our peoples, therefore, Chile will be behind this proposal.”

 

 

The Ministry of Culture “Se Lanza con Todo,” Nationwide

 

Colombia Approves Highest Budget in History for the Cultural Sector
VP Francia Marquez and Minister of Culture, Patricia Ariza. “As of October 12, the Ministry of Culture will be called the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Knowledge.” Image Source: Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia.

 

Launching on September 14 in Bogota, the Minister of Culture, Patricia Ariza, and her work team started an ambitious agenda across different municipalities in Colombia to develop the new plan: “Social change is cultural change.”

Themes

  • Peace culture
  • Art and education for life
  • Living memory – knowledge and cultures
  • Colombia in the globe

Estallido Cultural for Life and for Peace

In response to citizen initiatives and demands, the Ministry of Culture, launched 30 meetings in the territories “to share, celebrate life and collectively formulate the themes and central lines of cultures, arts and knowledge for an era of peace,” explained Minister Ariza.

 

Colombia is considering changing the Day of the Race, for the Day of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity. Image Source: Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia.

 

The meetings will be multicolored and diverse, mapping the course of cultural change for the next four years in Colombia. This strategy will also transcend borders to include the Colombian men and women who live outside of Colombia but whose heart remains linked to their roots.

 

Colombian Cumbia. Image Source: Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia.

 

A pilot project will link university students who are trained in arts, human sciences and other disciplines, with girls, boys and adolescents so an artistic exchange can take place; a commitment that gave excellent results when it was launched in Bogotá, during the mayoralty of current President Gustavo Petro, Bogotá Humana.

 

Maestro Jorge Zorro highlighted the role of music schools, where there is an exchange of knowledge and the opportunity to expand talent. “Colombia enhances the multiculturalism and diversity that it has throughout its territory.” Image: Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia.

 

In developing this strategy, university youth will have the support of popular farmers, artists and local experts. To this end, Minister Patricia Ariza reported that “agreements have already been made with rectors of various universities (…) who will connect with teachers and students throughout the country.”

 


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