the inaugural edition of nocturnal cities conference

bogota 2018


Our first ever Nocturnal Cities Conference was held in Bogotá, Colombia on November 22nd, 2018.

November 22 saw Sound Diplomacy, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá and Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá host the first-ever edition of Nocturnal Cities Conferenceat Centro Creativo Textura in Bogota, Colombia.
The event was a co-production between Sound Diplomacy and the City of Bogota, which was designated City of Music in 2012 as part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, and was co-curated by Andreina Seijas, Researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

335+ delegates from Colombia and the world gathered to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking on how to develop more vibrant night time economies and better manage the urban night.

The key event objectives were:

● Creating an international forum to discuss common challenges to managing the urban night, and a hub for night-time advocacy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

● Launching the Spanish version of “A Guide to Managing your Night-Time Economy” and exchanging best practices and innovations in night-time planning and design.

● Analyzing the impact and relevance of the growing movement of “night mayors.”

● Developing a “manifesto” and a set of targets towards better night-time standards in the region.



“It’s important to look at the Night Time Economy, understand the challenges that it is facing alongside the nightlife and figure out ways to move forward”

— Ben Van Houten, Business Development Manager, Nightlife & Entertainment Sector, San Francisco, California, Usa