Mexico and UK Establish Joint Culture Programs for 2015

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Mexican partner Jose Antonio Meade signed a joint declaration Wednesday that establishes the framework for parallel culture programs in 2015, when every nation will put on a series of events in the other country.

Hague and Meade, who is on a three-day visit to Britain, signed the declaration for “The Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico” while attending a summit in London on sexual violence in conflict zones.

Exhibitions to be held in Britain will showcase “the diversity of Mexico’s cultural heritage and its dynamism as a privileged destination for trade, investment and tourism,” while the project in Mexico will show the “best of British creativity and British-Mexican collaborations,” the Mexican government said in an announcement.

The parallel culture projects will incorporate an agenda in the fields of the arts, education, science, technical and scientific cooperation, as well as economic, trade and tourism promotion and gastronomy, the statement added.

The British Embassy in Mexico said in November a year ago that the British project “will include approximately 50 events in 13 towns and cities, including at the main Mexican cultural festivals of the year.”

In Britain, “the Mexican government is preparing a parallel program of events that will light up cities across the country and introduce British audiences to the amazing energy and talent that modern Mexico has to offer,” the embassy said.

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