The Mexican Cultural Centre is part of The UK-Mexican Arts Society; a charitable organization dedicated to promoting cultural and artistic exchange between Mexico and the United Kingdom.
The programme of the Mexican Cultural Centre in the UK, includes art, history, poetry, anthropology, music, languages, nature, gastronomy, design, architecture, cinema, and many other cultural forms. The Mexican Cultural Centre is also a place to meet and learn cultural aspects of Mexican culture.
The rich and diverse cultural history of Mexico expands over 35000 years. Mexico is the cradle of one of the six original civilizations, which is the Mesoamerican Civilization, where the Olmecs, Mayas, Mixtecs, Toltecs, Aztecs, and other important cultures flourished between 1500 BCE until the early sixteen century when the Spanish conquered the Mexican territory in 1521 CE.
The Spanish introduced to Mexico a plethora of Latin and Arab cultural costumes along with an extensive selection of flora and fauna as they ruled for 300 years. Other cultures continue influencing the country well before and after Mexico gained its independence in 1820.
The nineteenth century was marked by dramatic internal conflicts and international aggression while the first quarter of the twenty century was a period of revolution. Both periods embraced industrialization, internationalization, and gave rise to a Modern Mexican cultural identity. The cultural landscape now is truly hybrid, where indigenous, colonial, and present Global cultures meet in everyday life.
While Spanish is the main language; there are 68 recognized indigenous languages such as Nahuatl, Maya, Mixteco, Zapoteco, Otomí, etc.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Mexico might have the richest cultural heritage in the whole World! And so this is something that the UK-Mexican Society will seek to demonstrate in the years to come.
If you want to know more about the Mexican Cultural Centre in the UK and the Mexican Arts Society, please contact, Javier Calderón at email@example.com
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