The bullring of the city of Duitama, the capital of the Tundama Province in the Boyacá department of Colombia, will now become a cultural and sports centre where no bullfights will take place. It will also change its name, so it is no longer named after a famous bullfighter. Duitama bullring will no longer be called César Rincón, a man who dedicated his life to torturing bulls for money and fame (as all professional bullfighters still do).
David Ortega, mayor of Duitama, said, “We left behind all kinds of practices related to bullfighting to generate a scenario related to culture, creative economies, sports and events that generate value in Duitamense society… The bullring will cease to be called ‘César Rincón bullring’ to become a tribute to an artist who always in those bullfights made use of his trumpet, the master Juan Francisco Mancipe.”
Culturama is an organisation which manages and executes projects about culture, education, research and innovation; communication for development; ethnicity and gender; technical assistance; strengthening of social organizations; sustainable development and democratic Culture. They will organise events on the new site. Germán David Vargas, manager of Culturama, said, “We’re going to start in a couple of weeks, we’re going to have the first concerts, we’re going to be focused on local artists. Then comes the Bolivarian Week, where we will continue to bring different events such as theatre and dance.”
Mateo Agudelo, a member of the city Council, said, “For several years the bullfighting hobby has decreased significantly and there have been many more people who have defended these causes of not having more animal fights.” Unfortunately, the monument of César Rincón will continue on the site as a symbol that bullfighting practices are in the past, according to the authorities. Hopefully, it will be removed in the future, as many other statues of slave owners, racists, or other historical people who do not deserve recognition or praise for their atrocities are being removed. Perhaps we would need to wait for Colombia to ban bullfighting altogether, which could happen seen if the current bill for its abolition prospers in the Colombian Senate.