The Dual Year of the UK and Mexico in 2015: A retrospective
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2015 was the Dual Year of the United Kingdom and Mexico.
UKMX2015 was a celebration of cultural, educational and business exchange between our two nations. This Dual Year helped open doors in the areas of art, education, science, innovation, trade and investment.
It gave a unique opportunity for cultural collaborations that enriched relations at all levels of society and government, in the private sector as well as for individuals, in order to build a prosperous future for coming generations.
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Arts and Creative Economy
The programme explored the issues of public space, new audiences, emerging artists, social inclusion and the connection between art and new technologies.
It reaffirmed the importance of gender equality, regional diversity and the cooperation between public and private institutions with creative communities in both the UK and Mexico.
Our art programme included an exhibition by the British artist Michael Landy, a show by Basement Jaxx, the British electronic music duo at the Plaza Condesa, and a presentation by one of the most important orchestras in the UK, the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Palace of Fine Arts and National Auditorium in Mexico City.
We aimed to challenge the perception of national identity in a contemporary and global context, and promote and contribute to shared prosperity, mutually strengthening cultural relations between the UK and Mexico.
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We put together a programme specialising in education which presented opportunities for mutual academic recognition, joint research projects and the exchange of knowledge between both individuals and institutions.
Both the UK and Mexico were able to find innovative solutions to local and global development issues, in the public sector and private solutions alike.
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Guadalajara International Book Fair 2015 (FIL)
To mark the Dual Year, and following the great success of Mexico having been the guest of honour at the London Book Fair (LBF), the United Kingdom was the Guest Country of Honour at the world's second largest literary fair: FIL.
The Mexican audiences enjoyed an extensive cultural, artistic, educational and commercial programme that showcased the best of British literature, academia, visual arts, performing arts and cuisine.
We sought to create a dialogue between the traditional and the contemporary, emphasising new forms of expression aimed at social inclusion and the promotion of diversity, gender equality and tolerance.
For nine days the city of Guadalajara was home to a British delegation of 200 writers, editors, musicians, dancers, academics, artists, scientists, a chef, and a even lamb, all of whom came to share the diversity of the British culture with the Mexican public.
Trade and Investment
The business programme presented a brilliant opportunity to generate greater interest in products and services from the United Kingdom and Mexico. The programme consisted of a series of events and activities with the aim of strengthening trade ties between the two countries.
A significant number of British business delegates visited Mexico to participate in different events related to the energy and engineering sectors, amongst others.
This bilateral effort contributed to the growth of the domestic economy at the same time as helping to achieve economic goals.
Our attention is focused on the strong key sectors of both nations, bringing innovative oil and gas companies to Mexico.
Find out more
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Find out more about upcoming cultural, educational and business exchanges between our two nations by visiting the British Council Mexico website.
You can also visit the British Embassy in Mexico website.