A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination
The Afro-Uruguayan House of Culture Project was funded by Spanish Cooperation and managed by the Department of Social Development of the Municipality of Montevideo. The principal objectives of the Afro-Uruguayan House of Culture are to promote a better understanding of the values, customs, culture and history of African descent and its contribution to the Uruguayan society and social cohesion.
To this end, the Municipality of Montevideo has ordered the allocation of a property within a cultural heritage site which will become the headquarters of the Afro-Uruguayan Cultural House. The building is located in the heart of Palermo neighbourhood, opposite the 'Conventillo Ansina’ emblematic cultural area of African descent, as it was originally where black families, descendants of slaves settled. The areas in which the House of Culture will focus are recovery, research and promotion of the Afro-Uruguayan culture, education and social development, international relations and cooperation and the organisation of a carnival.
The strengthening of the Afro-Uruguayan culture and the participation in social and cultural life of the City by the Afro-Uruguayan community will help the integration of this group in society.
Montevideo is the largest city, the capital, and the chief port of Uruguay. It has a population of 1,325,968. Described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life", it is the hub of commerce and higher education in Uruguay: its first university, the Universidad de la República, was founded in 1849. Banking has traditionally been one of the strongest service export sectors in Uruguay: the country was once dubbed "the Switzerland of America", mainly for its banking sector and stability.
Montevideo has been a member of the Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia since October 2006.
For more information, please visit: www.perspectivaafrodescendiente.wordpress.com (website in Spanish)
See also: Coalición latinoamericana y Caribeña de Ciudades contra el Racismo, la Discriminación y la Xenofobia [PDF in Spanish]