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, Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and Bogotá Mayor’s Office host the first-ever edition of Nocturnal Cities Conference in Bogotá, Colombia.

The Conference brought together 335+ delegates from all over Colombia and the world to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking, action and structure to develop more vibrant night time economies and featured a full day of panels and presentations, as well as an afternoon work session and an evening concert.

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.

The event was co-curated by Andreina Seijas, Researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


“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