|Autumn Events Programme 2021|
Thursday 7 October, 6pm UK time via Zoom: Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda – past, present and future. The Sierra Gorda reserve, in the north east of the state of Queretaro, was created in 1987 as a response from local citizens to the rapid environmental deterioration of the Sierra Gorda bioregion on a variety of fronts. Its mandate began with environmental education and reforestation. Since then, its work has grown and expanded to become a reference point for regenerative movements. Its varied environmental initiatives have received a long list of top-level national and international awards. Pati Ruiz Corzo, its inspirational founder, will talk about its creation and the challenges that still remain. Her son, Roberto, will then share some of his wonderful photos showing the diversity of flora and fauna that exist in the region. For more details about the reserve see https://sierragorda.net/en/home/
The talk will be in Spanish followed by a bilingual question session.
Wednesday 13 October, 6pm UK time via Zoom: 100 Years promoting freedom of expression: the history of PEN International, by its President Jennifer Clement. PEN International was founded in 1921. It works to defend literature of all types, including journalism, against the many threats to its survival posed by the modern world. It affirms that “literature knows no frontiers and must remain common currency among people in spite of political or international upheavals”. Mexican-American author, Jennifer Clement, the current President of PEN International, will review its successes over its first century with particular reference to Mexico. She will then outline the real challenges it faces during the next few years, drawing on her experience as President of PEN Mexico from 2009 to 2012.
This event builds on the foundations laid by the British Mexican Society’s highly acclaimed event earlier this year entitled “They are killing us: Why are journalists still dying in Mexico?”.
Thursday 4 November, 6pm UK time via Zoom: Launch of Chloe Sayer’s new book: The Day of the Dead: A Visual Compendium. This lecture marks the publication of Chloë Sayer’s most recent book ‘The Day of the Dead: A Visual Compendium‘. Chloë Sayer is an author, lecturer and curator. In 2016 she was awarded the Ohtli medal by the Mexican Government for her commitment to Mexican culture. She has made ethnographic collections for the British Museum and is a Research Associate in the Department for World Cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum. Day of the Dead festivities in Mexicoare a focus for many arts and crafts. Makeshift market stalls sell colourful sugar skulls and ingenious toys shaped like skulls and skeletons. In Mexico City, members of the celebrated Linares family use papier mâché to caricature the activities of everyday life: street vendors, revolutionaries and fire-eaters are shown in the guise of skeletons. Artists like the Linares take inspiration from the prints of Manuel Manilla (c. 1830-1895) and José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). La Catrina, Posada’s most famous creation, has come to represent death itself. With her broad-brimmed hat and feather boa, La Catrina is a symbol of cultural pride for Mexicans everywhere. Chloe Sayer brings together these and other visual representations in her book.
Later in the year we hope to have a talk from Dr Fernando Gutiérrez Champion, Counsellor at the Mexican Embassy in London and Special Adviser to the Ambassador, on Mexico’s responses to the climate crisis.
To round off the year we are planning a Mexican meal somewhere in London, possibly linked with the launch of a book by a Mexican chef.
Beauty on the Wing – the Monarch Butterfly film
A showing of the award-winning film about the Monarch butterfly followed by an opportunity to chat with the film’s creator.
One of the marvels of the natural world in Mexico is the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly. These delicate creatures spend the winter in the forests of Michoacan and Estado de Mexico then fly the thousands of miles to spend the summer in the north east of the US. Kim Smith, documentary filmmaker and environmental conservationist, has made a 56 minute film chronicling the life cycle of these delicate but endangerd animals from egg to catterpillar to adult. Kim will introduce the film then, after the audience have had a chance to view it, will take questions from the audience.
Note: because we have to pay for the showing of this film, we need to charge people joining this event. We have selected a variable charge depending on how many of you will be watching and hope you will be happy with this. The filmmaker will donate 25% of the takings to a Monarch butterfly protection charity in Mexico.
Date and Time:
Thursday 17 June 2021, 17.45 – 19.30 UK time.
To book please visit Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beauty-on-the-wing-the-life-story-of-the-monarch-butterfly-tickets-152478857367
The Economy & Society of Early Maya Villages 1200-400BC
How did the early Mayans make a living? What sort of society did they have? What do we know now and what more is there still to discover?To learn answers to these questions about the fascinating world of the ancient Mayan people, come to the talk by internationally renowned Mayan archaeologist Professor Norman Hammond. Norman, who has worked at several Mayan sites in Mexico and Belize and has held posts at major universities in the US and the UK, will share his decades of experience in this illustrated talk “Making a Living: Economy and Society of the Earliest Maya Villagers, 1200-400BC”.The event, hosted jointly by the British Mexican Society and UNAM-UK, will be preceded by the brief, formal Annual General Meeting of the Society.
Date And Time
Thu, February 13, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT
For full details and to book (booking is free), please visit:
Networking with RedGlobal and Emiliano Zapata!
Canapés and welcome drink included
Join us for a networking and social evening, jointly organised by the British Mexican Society and RedGlobal MX UK (the association for Mexican professionals resident in the UK), at the stunning Brunswick House.
To mark Mexico’s Día de la Revolución, Dr Helga Baitenmann, Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, will give a brief talk about her current research on Emiliano Zapata. (Helga curated Emiliano Zapata: 100 Years,100 Photographs which was exhibited at the Chalton Gallery)
To cover the cost of this event there will be a charge of £25 per person which will include a drink and a selection of canapés. There will also be a cash bar should you require further refreshment.
We very much hope to see you at what we are sure will be a most enjoyable evening
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mexican Festivals – Celebrate at Mestizo!
BMS Member Mestizo restaurant regularly holds events.
Authentic ‘MOLE’ (pr. Moh-lay) sauces from Mexico may contain up to 40+ ingredients, and each estado (state) in Mexico will have its own regional specialities.