Celebrating the 208th anniversary of Mexico's independence

The Embassy of Mexico celebrated the 208th anniversary of the country’s independence at Victoria University of Wellington on 13 September 2018. The event doubled as a commemoration of 45 years of bilateral relations between New Zealand and Mexico. In his address, the Mexican Ambassador, José Gerardo Traslosheros, acknowledged the attendance of the numerous local dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps and thanked the University, making particular mention of its Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPE) and the Centre’s generous contribution to the Latin America and Spain Film Festival, coordinated this year by the Embassy of Mexico.

In addition to the usual festivities characteristic of national day celebrations (with catering provided, on this occasion, by two visiting Mexican chefs, Mariana Coria and Geraldine Romero), the event provided the opportunity to screen a film about The Lucy Foundation, a most noble cause enhancing the dignity of those with disabilities and supporting indigenous people in the mountains of the Mexican State of Oaxaca to grow coffee in a sustainable manner for sale in New Zealand. The eventful evening also encompassed the inauguration of a photographic exhibition on the life of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, with the intriguing title, ‘A Smile halfway into the Journey’.


Mexican Ambassador H.E. Gerardo Traslosheros gives a stirring rendition of El Grito. Photo courtesy of Latin America CAPE.


This entry was posted on 21 Sep 2018


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