Panama City Turns 500 on August 15, 2019

Panama City, Panama, the Pacific coast’s oldest European settlement, will turn 500 years on August 15, 2019, an event that has not gone unnoticed by large media outlets such as Vogue and The Telegraph.

Panama City 500

Though Panama celebrates 500 years this year, planning began in 2014 when the Municipality of Panama created the 500 Years Since the Founding of Panama City Commission, tasking it with creating the lead-up to the 500 years celebration, including activities and projects that would contribute to raising awareness, to education and to creating spaces for public participation, such as debate on the cultural, historical and patrimonial values of this historic city. The Panama City 500 Commission has the strategic, logistic and administrative support of the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP). Read more about the UNDP’s participation here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Panama City 500 commemoration program has been created around 4 key pillars:

  • HISTORIC PANAMA
    • Activities focused on the recovery of historical memory and the creation of cultural infrastructure.
  • DIVERSE PANAMA
    • Events that highlight the diversity of cultural expressions that exist and coexist in the city. 
  • SUPPORTIVE PANAMA
    • Activities that will be taken to Panama City neighborhoods in order to highlight the tradition of solidarity and tolerance, characteristics of Panama.
  • POSSIBILITY PANAMA
    • Activities that facilitate the collective reflection on the city we want for future generations, as well as the actions that allow the celebration to be known outside the country. 

Panama City 500 Events

Celebrations began in August 2017, including a variety of arts and cultural activities and events to commemorate this historic moment.  

Numerous events are planned leading up to August 15th, including: