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Nov 7, 2018

The 25th Anniversary of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize

The screening is among a list of activities being held at the centre, located at the corner of Newtown Barracks and Wilson Street, to commemorate the anniversary of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize established on November seventeenth, 1993.  This year, the Mexican Embassy is celebrating the memory of Emeritus Ambassador, diplomat and former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Rosario Green Macias who was instrumental in its set up. Diego Sapien says that over the years, the facility has been the hub for cultural exchange between both countries. 

 

Diego Sapien

Diego Sapien, Officer in Charge of Cultural & Educational Affairs, Mexican Embassy

“On the seventeenth of November was actually the opening date of the institute and it has been as you said a milestone. And we want to celebrate that it is not only Mexican culture institute; it is also a Belizean institute. There are a lot of Belizean artists that will be part of the celebration too. We started with the Day of the Dead; traditionally every year we do the day of the dead, but this day was in honour of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rosario Green, who was the diplomat or the officer in charge of opening the institute in 1993. So that’s why we wanted to make the offering to her memory. Belizean musicians, every other year have been going to the Caribe Festival in Quintana Roo. We try and we do bring Quintana Roo artists from Mexico to Belize. These past three or four years, we have also widened not only the artists from the peninsula, but also from Mexico City, Monterrey and even Tijuana. We want to enrich the experience and the exchange of culture. Not only economic exchange, or tourism exchange, but the cultural exchange enriches every country.”

 

On November fifteenth, there will be a Pen Cayetano exhibition at the institute; on the sixteenth, with the blessings from the National Garifuna Council, there will be a celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day. Seven days later, on the twenty-third, famous musician Horacio Frank will be performing with his flute/recorder.  On November twenty-ninth, there will be an intercultural exhibition with painters, sculptors and multimedia artists from Belize and from the Yucatan peninsula. The month of activities culminate with a Spoken Word Poetry event, on November thirtieth.

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