Events

There are many enjoyable and fascinating events in the UK relating to Mexican culture and language, including both the official Spanish language and the many indigenous languages of Mexico, Nahuatl being perhaps the best known.

Check out the details of both BMS-organised events and independently-organised events taking place around the UK. Feel free to email the BMS at info@britishmexicansociety.org.uk  if you would like to suggest an event for the list, or if you would like to write a blog post about an event you have attended.

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.

BMS-Organised Events

Maya and Inca Verse Here and Now – Lecture by Dr Charles Pigott, University of Cambridge

Thursday 7 June at 6.00pm  – Brunei Gallery, Room: B111, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh St., Russell Square, London WC1H OXG (Nearest tube Russell Square).

FREE ENTRY: But you are advised to arrive early to make sure you get a seat!

This event is open to members and non-members of the British Mexican Society.  We’ll be inviting non-members to think about joining and will be happy to answer any of your questions – look forward to welcoming you!

The Mayas and Incas were two of the most spectacular civilizations ever to exist on earth. Their ancient monuments, rising over steamy jungles and jagged peaks, stand as testimony to a wealth of intellectual and artistic creativity. Most histories tell us that these civilizations ended centuries ago. Most histories are wrong. This talk will tell a different story, the story of the Mayas and Incas of today. After centuries of cultural decline, an indigenous renaissance is taking place in Central America and the Andes. A growing number of authors and poets are writing in their ancestral languages. And central to this new literature is the magic of nature. As Dr Pigott leads us on a journey through the landscape of Maya and Inca verse, we will encounter animal altars, clairvoyant corn-seeds and vanishing serpents. We may even come close to uncovering one of the greatest mysteries of all: what it means to be human….

Dr Charles Pigott is a Research Fellow of Hughes Hall and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the indigenous literatures of Latin America, particularly in Mayan, Quechua and Nahuatl, the languages of the Mayas, Incas and Aztecs respectively. His particular interest is the relation between humanity and the natural world. After completing a PhD on Quechua folksongs at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, Charles spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Autonomous University of the Yucatan in Mexico. During that time, he helped in the development of the Ethno-ornithology World Archive as a Research Associate of the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford. He is currently completing a book on visions of nature in contemporary Mayan literature.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The British Mexican Society wishes to thank SOAS and Dr Elizabeth Baquedano for their assistance in making this event possible.

 

Arquitectura Brutalista en México – tour of the new Frida Escodebo pavilion

Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018,10:00-10:45 am –  Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park.

Fee: £5.00 members, £10.00 non-members, 15 places maximum

Tour of the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, created by Frida Escodebo, the 18th and youngest architect yet to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery lawn in Kensington Gardens.  The tour will be led by architecture expert Georgina de la Guardia.

To request a place, please email instagram@britishmexicansociety.org.uk

 

Other Events

Mexican Mosaics

Saturday, 26 May – Sunday, 27 May. City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

Organised by Museums & Galleries Edinburgh

Make a sparkling and beautiful mosaic panel using bright, coloured tiles and fractured glass. Take some inspiration from the gorgeous natural surroundings of Lauriston Castle. With Margaret Findlay.

Two day workshop, please come to both days: 10.30am – 4pm Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.

Tickets £54.49 on sale here

 

The Mexico Summit at UCL

Thursday, 7 June 2018 – 08:30 – 18:00

The Mexico Summit at UCL is a annual, multi-disciplinary event organised by the UCL Mexican Society, which started in 2016. The events bring together researchers, decision-makers and academic experts to discuss Mexico’s current challenges in a global context.

In past editions of the Mexico Summit at UCL, relevant topics such as the global drugs policy and the energy sector’s future have been debated by the gathered policymakers and academics in open debates.

This year, the society will explore the migration phenomenon from a multidisciplinary perspective: from migration modelling to policy and human rights.

The event is free, but registration is required. Please book a ticket even if you are interested in attending only certain parts of the event.

 

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Opening 16 June 2018 – Victoria & Albert Museum, London

 

Movie: The Book of Life (cert: U)

Saturday, 23 June. 10.30am-12.05pm. St Vincent College, Mill Lane, Gosport, PO13 4QA

The Book of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. With Pixar’s Coco winning the Oscar for best animated feature this year, join us to revisit this gem from 2014 which also centres on the Mexican Day of the Dead.