22 de August 2014
Bogota, recognized by UNESCO as a City of Music, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the largest rock festival in Latin America with its best show ever
- Rock al Parque, an emblematic event in Bogota, is the biggest free outdoor music festival in Latin America and one of the largest in the world.
- It is part of the circuit of 6 free annual music-in-the-park festivals in Bogota.
- In 2012 Bogota was recognized by UNESCO as a Music City.
- The festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with the presentation of 87 bands (27 international and 60 national).
- Bogota has a dynamic and vibrant musical movement; about 500 music companies in Bogota generate over 1,000 direct jobs and represent 7.5% of the formal employment in the local creative economy.
Rock al Parque is part of the circuit of 6 free annual music-in-the-park festivals in Bogota, thanks to which the city is now recognized as a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, in the Music City category. Bogota hosts world-class music festivals, such as Estéreo Picnic, Festival de Música Sacra (sacred music), Festival Centro and Festival Internacional de Música Clásica de Bogotá (Bogota is Beethoven and Bogota is Mozart), among others.
In the 2014 version, with the festival celebrating its first 20 years, Bogota put on a spectacle that turned out to be one of the best ever. Attendees enjoyed 3 days of rock at the Simon Bolivar Park and La Media Torta with 87 bands (27 international and 60 local).
2014’s line-up included such major international bands as: Black Label Society, Anthrax, The Casualties, Molotov, Muchachito Bombo Infierno, Fishbone and Mad Professor. The main local bands on stage were Aterciopelados, Sidestepper, Pestilence, Alerta Kamarada, ChocQuibTown, La Etnnia, Superlitio, Doctor Krápula and La Derecha.
Juan Gabriel Pérez, Executive Director at Invest in Bogota, an organization that heads the city marketing strategy for Bogota, affirms: "The capital of Colombia enjoys a dynamic and vibrant musical movement; not only does it host 6 music-in-the-park festivals annually, it also offers more than 600 places for live concerts. Approximately 500 music companies in Bogota generate over 1,000 direct jobs and represent 7.5% of the formal employment in the local creative economy."
International Forum of Rock Journalism was another important part of this year’s festival, with such well-known figures as Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show – USA) and Andrés Durán (La Página del Rock and El Expreso del Rock - Colombia), two important names in the communication of this musical genre in traditional and digital information formats. There was also a special tent where a selection of music documentaries of the Ambulante festival was screened.