Mérida named 2017 American Capital of Culture

Mexico (Notimex) - The city of Mérida in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula was chosen once again to be the American Capital of Culture in 2017.

Every year the non-government organization American Capital of Culture chooses one city in the Americas for the distinction.

As part of the program, the city has prepared more than 12,000 activities throughout 2017 for the almost 300 million people expected to visit.

Among the benefits of receiving the title are special productions by Spain's Antena 3 and Discovery Networks showcasing the city's culture and attractions, said Erica Millet, Secretary of the American Capital of Culture Organization in Mérida.

The activities will begin on January 6, when the city will celebrate the 475th anniversary of its foundation.

Artists from 400 countries around the world will take part in the activities, which include music, art and theatre.

Mérida is the only city in the Americas to receive the title for the second time, the first being in 200.

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