|4th of July, 2013
- Year will promote British culture in Mexico and Mexican culture in the UK as way to strengthen ties between individuals, organisations, governments and the building of bilateral trust and engagement.
LONDON, United Kingdom, 4th of July 2013- It is now official that 2015 will be designated as the the “Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico and the “Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom.”
The governments of both countries will promote British culture in Mexico and Mexican culture in the UK, as a way to strengthen ties between individuals, organisations, governments and the building of bilateral trust and engagement.
Through signing a joint statement on the matter, Mexico and the United Kingdom have pledged to promote a programme of events involving culture and innovative industries, as well as and participation in international cultural festivals and conferences and the exchange of information and personnel in these fields.
Moreover they expressed their willingness to give an impetus to contact at all levels and to encourage programmes, including the facilitation of visits and exchanges, in education, the arts, science and innovation and the creative industries.
Both countries will encourage the widest possible representation of cultures of their countries in terms of geographical, ethnic and creative diversity. Moreover, the programmes will include events related but not limited to education, language learning, the arts, science and innovation and the creative industries.
After signing the joint statement, the President of Mexico’s National Council for Culture and arts (CONACULTA), Rafael Tovar y de Teresa and the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Edward Vaizey, expressed their satisfaction with the depth and frequency of cultural, and creative contact between the two countries and underlined the importance of cultural relations.
Coordination of the British events in Mexico and the Mexican events in the UK in relation to the Year programmes will rest with the respective Embassies, with the support of the British Council, CONACULTA and AMEXCID.
The Joint Statement took place after talks in April 2013 between the UK Minister of State for Science and Innovation, David Willetts and Mexico’s Secretary for Education, Emilio Chuayffet Chemor, as well as other conversations between high ranking officials on how to further strengthen the links between both countries.
The President of Mexico´s National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), Rafael Tovar y de Teresa and Minister for Culture, Communications, and Creative Industries of the United Kingdom, Ed Vaizey signed a joint declaration to designate 2015 as the "Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico" and "Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom."