Mérida, Yucatán — The Argentinean singer and composer Fito Páez lowered the curtain on 2017’s American Capital of Culture 2017 program on Sunday with a concert at Parque de las Américas.
Before a little more than 8,000 people, the Argentine pop artist interpreted the best of his discography and opened the night with one of his best-known songs, “El Amor después del Amor” or “Love after Love,” which was received with a great ovation.
For more than 90 minutes, Páez did not hold back, delivering his most popular songs to a very emotional audience.
For “Mariposa Tecknicolor,” the crowd exploded after already chanting and raising their arms to record the singer’s performance.
He said goodbye with “Alegría,” but the audience demanded and received an encore of three more songs, followed by fireworks.
The non-governmental organization American Capital of Culture Organization selects one city in the Americas annually to serve as the American Capital of Culture for a period of one year. No city has yet been announced for 2018.
Mérida’s American Capital of Culture program reached 1.2 million people who enjoyed a staggering 12,000 national and international events and programs throughout the year, according to city officials.
This aggressive slate of programming is thought to be the catalyst for Mérida’s popularity on Expedia for New Year’s Eve searches.