Being the tourist capital of Colombia, Cartagena de Indias has no shortage of large-scale international events throughout the year. From the International Music Festival to the International Film Festival, Cartagena de Indias is the perfect stage to host such events, what with the elegant facades of colonial buildings, century’s old churches and enigmatic squares that provide the perfect backdrop. Some other events include:
International Music Festival
A series of concerts by national and international artists set within the walled city. With an emphasis on classical music, the nine-day festival features artists from Europe and Latin America.
National Beauty Pageant
The coveted National Beauty Pageant, where beautiful woman parade down luminous catwalks in evening wear and bikinis for the whole nation to see. One woman from each of Colombia’s departments is represented at the event and the chosen beauty is elected to represent the country at the Miss Universe competition. In it’s 75th year, the Pageant brings with it a party atmosphere and Cartagena is transformed into a city of celebration.
International Film Festival
A seven-day celebration of national and international cinema, Cartagena’s International Film Festival has celebrated its 53rd year and continues to draw crowds and influential cinematic guests from around the world.