The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has designated the city of Port-of-Spain in Trinidad as a City of Music.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez.
In making the announcement, Martinez said that the Port-of-Spain four-year plan to action has been aligned with UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s mission.
“If we want to progress as a people and country, our capital city cannot remain the same,” Martinez told the attendees.
Martinez said the director-general of UNESCO decided to designate Port-of-Spain as a member of the creative cities network in the field of music.
“Almost every festival or cultural activity that passes through the streets of the city has some sort of musical accompaniment,” he said.
Port of Spain joins five other cities in the region with this status – they are Nassau, Bahamas; Jacmel, Haiti; Havana, Cuba; San Domingo, Dominican Republic and Kingston, Jamaica.