The sleepy town of Santa Cruz de Mompox opens her arms to visitors from around the world for its annual jazz festival – an energizing event that adds a unique atmosphere to a special place.
Date: 05 Sep, 2019
Price : Varies
Address: Santa Cruz de Mompox
Mompox lies southeast of Cartagena and has also taken the stance of preserving its charming colonial architecture, with the historic city centre named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Much like its mix of architecture, the highly-anticipated jazz festival also features a mix of styles, with merengue, bachata, porro and others from across the Atlantic featuring across an impressive line-up.
It also offers a lot more than just a variety of jazz performances. There’s a big focus on education and evolution as workshops are held throughout the city to help empower its young musicians. Expect the city to get a little crowded during the festival, with visitors cramming into churches, squares, halls and bars in order to get a glimpse of the action.
The festival traditionally closes with a spectacular concert in the Plaza de Santa Barbara, promising to be one of the best parties you’ll find in Mompox all year.
For a village described by Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a place that “doesn’t exist”, Santa Cruz de Mompox has certainly played an important part in the region’s history.
One fifth of the gold plundered from Colombia by its Spanish rulers was stored here and it held an important strategic position on the River Magdalena. The town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 which means much of the colonial architecture has been well preserved.
The great liberator, Simon Bolivar, had a long association with the town stretching back to 1812 when he recruited 400 men from the town to help overthrow the Spanish from his birthplace Caracas. ”If to Caracas I owe my life, then to Mompox I owe my glory,” he famously said.
When the river shifted in the 20th century, Mompox lost some of its importance and was left suspended in time, inspiring Colombia’s Nobel Laureate to fall in love with legendary tales of solitude and abandon.
There’s very little “to do” in Mompox other than soak up its rich history, take your foot off the pedal and absorb one of the most laid-back and charming places on earth.
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