There are many enjoyable and fascinating events in the UK relating to Mexican culture and language – languages which include both the official Spanish language and the many indigenous languages of Mexico, Nahuatl being perhaps the best known.
The BMS hopes to release details of its 2018 programme soon. In the meantime, here are details of some of the Mexican events taking place around the UK. Feel free to email the BMS if you would like to suggest another event for the list, or if you would like to write a blog post about the event you have attended, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love you to share your experiences with us all!
(Please note that the following listing is for information purposes only and the BMS does not specifically endorse events that it does not directly organise.)
The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington by Joanna Moorhead
Tuesday 20 February 2018 -18.00 – 20.00
Residence of the Embassy of Mexico, 48 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QR
This talk will be preceded by our Annual General Meeting (which will be brief) and followed by drinks and nibbles.
The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington is a personal biography of the British debutante who ran away to Mexico and became one of the world’s most significant surrealist artists. In 2006, journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father’s cousin, Prim, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico. Although rarely spoken of in her own family (regarded as a black sheep, a wild child; someone they were better off without) Leonora Carrington had become a national treasure in her adopted home of Mexico, while her paintings fetch ever-higher prices at auction today.
Intrigued by her story, Joanna set off to Mexico City to find her lost relation. For more details, read this article in The Guardian
Open to members of the BMS and their guests. Limited seating so you MUST reserve places in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Free to BMS Members, voluntary donation of £10 at the door for guests (£5 for students).
The Two Ambassadors Event
Wednesday 23 May – Mexican Ambassador’s residence
Full details including timing to be confirmed but please save the date in your diaries.
We are pleased once again to be holding this event, one of the most popular in our calendar. You will hear wide-ranging commentaries from both the Mexican Ambassador to the UK and the British Ambassador to Mexico then have a chance to ask questions of them both, followed by drinks and canapés.
Note: this event is strictly for BMS members only.
Maya Verse by Dr Charles Pigott, University of Cambridge
Thursday 7 June – Centre of Latin American Studies, University College, London
Full details to be confirmed, but please save the date in your diaries now.
We are organising this event jointly with Dr Elizabeth Baquedano, Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
Opening 16 June 2018 – Victoria & Albert Museum, London
BMS is planning a special talk to take place during this exhibition.
UK Launch of Disney Pixar Movie – Coco
Friday 19 January 2018 – Nationwide
Her music weaves sounds from her native Mexico with elements of jazz, rock, bossa nova and folk. Born in Veracruz to musical parents, she studied guitar and piano, and began writing songs at an early age. Her first major album of original songs Natalia LaFourcade (2002) was released at age 17 to critical acclaim. In her latest project, she pays tribute to Latin American folk music in Musas, un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de Los Macorinos (2017), through recordings and videos that exemplify her maturity as a collaborative artist.
Over her 15-year career, she has made several albums, among them the award-winning Casa (2005), Mujer divina, Homenaje a Agustín Lara (2013), and Hasta la Raíz (2015), which received a Grammy and five Latin Grammys.
‘Masterful songwriting… while intricate arrangements bathe over the album, heartbreak has rarely sounded so uplifting.’ Rolling Stone
View this video where Lafourcade features on ‘Remember Me’ – from the Disney Pixar movie Coco.