Mexico | Year of Mexico in the UK

State Visit: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife Angelica Rivera with The Queen and Prince Philip

Mexican installation artist Rivelino takes over Trafalgar Square

Mexico on the London Tube

Mexico’s surrealist dahlias won gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Ambassador Diego Gomez-Pickering shouts Viva Mexico! as he waves the flag

Outgoing IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu joins heads of mission from Indonesia, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Guatemala for a fashion-forward National Day Celebration at the V&A

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall open the Maya exhibition at World Museum Liverpool

Day of the Dead at the British Museum

National Day guests check out Frida Escobedo’s installation – You Know, You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection – by night

Alondra de la Parra conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Mexico was the guest country at the London Book Fair

Viva Mexico!
…These were the words Ambassador Diego Gomez-Pickering shouted from the balcony of the V&A on Mexico’s National Day, encapsulating the extravaganza of Mexican culture we’ve enjoyed in The Year of Mexico in the UK in 2015. Here’s a snapshot of the highlights.

The year started with an eye-opening photographic exhibition at City Hall entirely by blind photographers, followed by the pomp of the Mexican State Visit. For literature lovers, Mexican writing was the star of the show at the London Book Fair, while installation artists took over major London landmarks.

From molé to mezcal, foodies got thereal taste of Mexico at every occasion, while horticulturalists were delighted when Mexico won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show. Whether you were a fan of Mexican-style wrestling or the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, there was something for everyone.

A highlight of the year was the Mexican National Day complete with a Mexican catwalk at the temple of fashion, the V&A, which also featured a reflective installation reminiscent of an Aztec city by Frida Escobedo as part of the London Design Festival.

On Halloween, the British Museum staged the hugely popular Day of the Dead, while at the World Museum Liverpool hosted an exhibition of the Mayas, opened by Prince Charles.

Classic music lovers enjoyed Alondra de la Parra conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, while Indy fans rocked to Mexrrissey at the Barbican where Mexican rock artists played tribute to Morrisey, the leader of the British band The Smiths.

And much more…Congratulations to the Embassy of Mexico for staging this imaginative festival.

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández at the London Coliseum

Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling at the Royal Albert Hal

Alondra de la Parra conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Amazing images by blind photographers

Above and below: At every occasion guests got a taste of the real Mexico

Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling at the Royal Albert Hal

Ambassador Gomez-Pickering with US Ambassador Matthew Barzun

Ambassador Gomez-Pickering welcomes the Spanish Ambassador Federico Trillo

Mexican fashion designers were showcased at the V&A

V&A Director Martin Roth, Frida Escobedo and Ambassador Gomez-Pickering stand on her Aztec-inspired installation

Frida Morrissey? Mexican rockers pay tribute to Morrissey at The Barbican