The Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler was named as the new Ibero-American ambassador of Culture and assured, that he will do everything to "build bridges between the different sectors of the Ibero-American world."
His designation was made during the closing gala by the commemoration of the 10 years of the Ibero-American Cultural Charter, which met in Montevideo (city where it was signed for the first time) several international and national authorities in recent days.
In this way, Drexler will take over the role of Argentine dancer and choreographer Julio Bocca, who has been in that role since 2012.
"It is an enormous honor that I have been granted to give me the place of ambassador," said Drexler, who has resided in Spain for several years.
In this sense, the musician said that he is aware of the role that will occupy and explained that he "lives traveling" throughout the Ibero-American space and communicating with "those more than 600 million members" residing in it.
"I invite the public and the authorities to help each other to eliminate all types of barriers and to collaborate so that culture overtakes this incredible space of great cultural cohesion," concluded the new cultural ambassador of Ibero-America.
On their part, the Latin American secretary general, Rebeca Grynspan, pointed out the relevance of the Cultural Charter.
"Today we commemorate the adoption of an instrument that made us better as a region, which not only recognized the Ibero-American cultural space as a unique and unique area, but also increased cultural exchange among the Ibero-American countries to a common and concerted policy." sense.
"In signing the Ibero-American cultural charter, the governments of the region told us that culture matters, but that interculturalism also implies dialogue between the many influences and forces that make up who we are," he explained.
In particular, Grynspan said that the "plurality" that characterizes Latin America is where its "strength" lies.
"Our region stands out for continuing to seek inclusion and to stay away from xenophobia and rejection of others," he added.
In the gala also participated the minister in functions of Education and Culture of Uruguay, Edith Moraes; The Secretary General of the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), Paulo Speller, and the Ibero-American former Secretary General, Uruguayan Enrique Iglesias.
The National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay closed the meeting with their music and with the participation of the Uruguayan singer Malena Muyala and the Argentinean Monica Navarro.