Barranquilla's Culture

Barranquilla was declared America's Culture Capital in 2013. The music, traditional and contemporary dances, gastronomy, customs, people and historic places make this city a magic place full of richness to discover.

Carnaval de Barranquilla: National Cultural Heritage

The Carnival of Barranquilla was declared a National Cultural Heritage by the Congress of Colombia in 2001 and recognized by UNESCO in 2003, it is the most important event in the Caribbean region. This carnival is celebrated each year four days before Ash Wednesday. During those days the city becomes alive with music, dances and artistic expressions.


Official events:

La Guacherna
La Batalla de Flores
La Gran Parada
La Gran Parada de Comparsas y Fantasía
El Desfile de la 84 y Entierro de Joselito
Batalla de Flores del Recuerdo en la 44


Festival de Orquestas
Noches del Rio

Coronación de la Reina del Carnaval
Lectura del Bando y Coronación de los Reyes Infantiles
Noche de Comparsas
Izada de la Bandera y Lectura del Bando








Cultural sites

Amira de la Rosa Theater
Its name honors one of the most important figures in the cultural history of Barranquilla. Amira de la Rosa wrote poems, plays, novels, short stories and the emblematic anthem of the city. The theater was inaugurated on June 25, 1982 by President Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala and is operated by the Central Bank and the Society of Public Improvements of Barranquilla.

Museo del Caribe
The Museo del Caribe or Parque Cultural del Caribe (Museum of the Caribbean or Caribbean Cultural Park) is the first regional museum in the country. Its central theme features the Colombian Caribbean region in its environmental, historical and cultural dimensions. This opens up a space to strengthen the identity of the Caribbean region.

Museo Romantico
This museum with collections that feature the regional and national history. It also has urbanism, monograph, and ethnography collections and art on popular traditions. The costumes of the carnival queens are a testimony of an era and the typewriter of Alfonso Fuenmayor that was used by the Nobel Prize winning Gabriel García Márquez to write his novel La Hojarasca.  Some letters of Simon Bolivar, photographs, records and collections of old newspapers are also present. 

La Casa del Carnaval 
La Casa del Carnaval is located in Barrio Abajo, a representative area of the city where many of the typical dances of Barranquilla's Carnival were born. This is where dance groups go for their rehearsals and is a landmark that keeps alive the stories of Carnival and its main characters with photographs, costumes and masks. 

Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art call for taking a tour to appreciate some of the most fundamental aspects of artistic creation in the Caribbean. The MOMA offers educational programs at many schools in the city and looks to make of these visits an enriching experience for students.

Barranquilla Cathedral
The Catedral Metropolitana de Barranquilla María Reina is a Catholic place worship dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is a modernist building that took 27 years to be constructed and was designed by the Italian architect Angelo Mazzoni Grande, and redesigned by the Antioquia signature 'Vasquez and Cardenas' who led the construction.

Estadio Metropolitano
It is a soccer and athletics arena. It was inaugurated on May 11, 1986 and today is the home stage of the national team in the World Cup qualifiers. There it was held the Football U-20 World Cup 2011 and has a capacity of 46 788 spectators.