The society organises talks, lectures and social functions, all of which provide an opportunity to share experiences and develop friendships. Highlights of the annual programme include a celebration of Colombia’s Independence (20th July) and a Christmas Party.

“Ignacio’s Legacy (2016)”

On Friday 19th May 2017
starting at 5.30pm
with a glass of wine and snacks.
The film will start at 6.00pm
and the event will finish at 7.30pm

Brian Moser and Titus Fossgard-Moser (Director)

Marcos Martinón-Torres is Professor of Archaeological Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he leads a team of international researchers. He is an expert in the use of scientific instruments to analyse archaeological artefacts, seeking clues to investigate their manufacture, origins or date. Some of his most prominent current projects are focussed on China’s Terracotta Army and Colombia’s Pre-Hispanic goldwork. For the latter, he has conducted much work in partnership with the Museo del Oro in Bogotá. He has written well over 100 academic publications, delivered public talks in over 20 countries, and featured in several TV documentaries internationally.

The legend of a lost gold city, El Dorado, is as fascinating today as it was five hundred years ago. The dream has sparked countless expeditions into the depths in South America, some of them quite recent, and it remains alive in Colombian popular culture. From the name of Bogotá’s airport to the prominent display of the gold Muisca raft in the Museo del Oro, El Dorado seems an inseparable part of Colombia. But what is, or was, El Dorado, and what can archaeology and science tell us about it?

In this talk, Prof. Martinón-Torres will draw on his joint research with the Museo del Oro staff to try to address these and other questions. Using scientific techniques to study Pre-Hispanic goldwork, he will reveal hitherto unknown aspects of the manufacture and use of gold among the Muisca, and present a renewed perspective on the Muisca raft.

The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let her know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time.

Brian Moser first visited the Piraparaná region and its different communities in 1960 as part of an expedition to record their music and to visually document their lives, resulting in the short film Piraparaná

Over the subsequent 50 years and in collaboration with the anthropologists Stephen and Christine Hugh-Jones, Brian made three further acclaimed documentary films in the region: War of the Gods (1971), A Small Family Business (1983), and Before Columbus (1992).

In 2016, Brian returned to the Piraparaná with his son Titus and Christine and Stephen to give back to the Barasana and Makuna communities the music, photos and films that had been recorded in the intervening years.

The film Ignacio’s Legacy documents this return trip as well as peoples’ reactions to the different visual materials. In addition, and drawing upon on the earlier films, it explores changes to the culture and lives of the Barasana and Makuna people since Brian’s first visit almost 60 years ago.

The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let her know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time.

NB: The location will be:
Montgomery Room, Canning House,
14/15 Belgrave Square, London SW1 8PS

The gold of Colombia and the legend of El Dorado: New discoveries

On Monday March 13th 2017
starting at 6.30pm
including a glass of wine and snacks

Marcos Martinón-Torres – Professor of Archaeological Science at University College London

Marcos Martinón-Torres is Professor of Archaeological Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he leads a team of international researchers. He is an expert in the use of scientific instruments to analyse archaeological artefacts, seeking clues to investigate their manufacture, origins or date. Some of his most prominent current projects are focussed on China’s Terracotta Army and Colombia’s Pre-Hispanic goldwork. For the latter, he has conducted much work in partnership with the Museo del Oro in Bogotá. He has written well over 100 academic publications, delivered public talks in over 20 countries, and featured in several TV documentaries internationally.

The legend of a lost gold city, El Dorado, is as fascinating today as it was five hundred years ago. The dream has sparked countless expeditions into the depths in South America, some of them quite recent, and it remains alive in Colombian popular culture. From the name of Bogotá’s airport to the prominent display of the gold Muisca raft in the Museo del Oro, El Dorado seems an inseparable part of Colombia. But what is, or was, El Dorado, and what can archaeology and science tell us about it?

In this talk, Prof. Martinón-Torres will draw on his joint research with the Museo del Oro staff to try to address these and other questions. Using scientific techniques to study Pre-Hispanic goldwork, he will reveal hitherto unknown aspects of the manufacture and use of gold among the Muisca, and present a renewed perspective on the Muisca raft.

The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let her know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time.

 

Colombia: Peace, the Peace Community and Social Reconciliation

On Tuesday June 14th 2016
starting at 6.30pm
including a glass of wine and snacks

Gwen Burnyeat is an anthropologist who has been working in Colombia for six years.

Gwen Burnyeat is a British anthropologist based in Colombia and the UK. She has been lecturer in Political Anthropology in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where she did a Masters in Anthropology as a Leverhulme Trust Study-Abroad Scholar. Previously she studied literature at the Universities of Leeds and Cambridge. From September 2016, she will be a Wolfson scholar reading for a PhD in Anthropology at UCL, researching the social history of the Colombian peace process.
In Colombia she has worked with the International Centre for Transitional Justice and Peace Brigades International. She writes on Colombia for Latin America Bureau, and has recently produced an documentary called ‘Chocolate of Peace’: http://chocolateofpeace.com
The Colombian peace process has been heralded as paradigm-changing in the field of conflict resolution, especially for including victims in the negotiations, and for the idea that there should be a ‘territorial focus’. But what do communities of rural victims think of the peace process? What are the challenges of implementing the accords in regions like Urabá, where human rights violations persist? And what peace-building lessons can victims’ communities contribute to the rest of Colombian society who are beginning to think about what ‘peace’ means?  We will address these questions using the case of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, a campesino community that declared themselves neutral to the armed conflict in 1997, one of the most emblematic victims’ groups in Colombia, with whom Gwen has worked for five years.

Tickets:
The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let her know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time.

“Colombia: Where Are We Now?”

On Tuesday 3rd May 2016 starting at 6.30pm
including a glass of wine and snacks

Professor Malcolm Deas

Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College Oxford

Malcolm Deas is recently back from Colombia, where he has followed developments for the last fifty-three years – his first arrival there coinciding with the emergence of the FARC. He is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he was one of the founders of the Latin American Centre.

With a broad knowledge of Latin America he has focussed particularly on Colombia which he continues to visit regularly. He was an adviser to President Gaviria, and is a recipient of the Cruz de Boyaca.

Tickets:

The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let her know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time.

Secretary:
Miss Myriam Martinez
020 7402 7654
anglocols@hotmail.com

Children Change Colombia Project Talk 2016

Thursday 28th January 2016, 6.30-8.30pm

Children are changing Colombia!

 

We would like to invite you to Children Change Colombia’s first Project Talk, which will be held on Thursday 28th January 2016 at 6.30 pm.

The Project Talk this year will focus on how, with the support of our partner organisations in Colombia, children are changing their lives, their families and their communities. We will also consider how, in this way, children are changing Colombia.

We will screen a specially commissioned film, which will focus on the work of our partner Tiempo de Juego. For the first time ever we have asked the children and young people themselves to film this. As a result the film gives a powerful insight into their lives as they learn about their rights and transform their way of thinking about themselves, their community and what they can achieve with their lives.

Our Colombia-based Field Officers will be joining us to present further examples from our projects. Through what we hope will be a lively discussion, we will explore in depth what children changing Colombia means.

The evening is also an opportunity to get an update on our work, ask any questions and meet the team.  After the talk, we hope you will stay on to enjoy a glass of wine with the team.

Date and Time:   Thursday 28th January 2016, 6.30-8.30pm
Place:                 London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London, W1G 0BJ*
Cost:                        Free! Drinks will be provided.
Closest tube station: Oxford Circus
Register:               childrenarechangingcolombia You can also confirm your attendance by e-mailing us at events@childrenchangecolombia.org or by calling us on 020 7549 0225

*John Princes Street runs parallel to Regent Street and is just off Oxford Street. Please note there is no parking availability at this venue. There is a public car park at Cavendish Square behind John Lewis but spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Christms Carols Concert

Friday, 4th December 2015 at 7pm

St Peter's Church - Eaton Square
119 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AL

Featuring the Capital Arts Children’s Choir and the Haringey Guitar Group and the Haringey Stage Band

First Colombian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica

On Wednesday 11th November 2015 starting at 6.30pm
including a glass of wine and snacks

Colombia is on the way to become a consultative party of the Antarctic treaty. To achieve this, the country had to face many operational and scientific challenges in order to achieve their first expedition to Antarctica during the summer 2014 – 2015. The operation was named “Caldas “, which was planned and led by the Colombian Navy, the Colombian Maritime Authority and the Oceanographic Commission.

Captain Molares is a Physical Oceanographer and MSc in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management graduated from the Technological University of Delft, Netherland. He is the Naval Attaché for the UK and he is the Colombian representative in IMO.

On board of the oceanographic research vessel ARC Malpelo was in charge of the laboratories and maneuvering of scientific equipment (1991-1993). During 1999/2000 he became the Commander of the hydrographic ship ARC Quindio.

In 2000/2007 he participated in projects as a scientist researcher in ocean modelling of the Caribbean Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research Institute in which he became the Executive Director during 2013-2015.

As the Director of the Pacific Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research Institute (2007/2009), he planned, organized, build and ran the Colombian Tsunami Warning Center first placed in Tumaco (Colombian Pacific coast), which includes a net of tide gauges, wave buoys and meteorological stations along the Colombian Pacific coast.

Colombia’s iconic Tall Ship ‘ARC Gloria’ returns to London

Thu 3rd Sep 2015 -
Sun 6th Sep 2015
Thames Quay, West India Dock, London

As part of its 2015 goodwill tour of the world, the Colombian Navy’s three-masted training ship will visit London’s Thames Quay, West India Dock from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 September 2015.

The ‘ARC Gloria’, one of the biggest tall ships in the world still in service, left its home port of Cartagena, Colombia, on 26 June and has since visited ports in Portugal, Germany, Holland. During her four-day stay in London the ‘ARC Gloria’ will be open to the public for free tours onboard. 

The ship has a crew of 150, including 67 final-year cadets from the Colombian Naval Academy and one dog “Black Pearl” the sailing black Labrador and the flagship’s mascot.

On Thursday 3 September 2015, the ‘ARC Gloria’ will arrive to Thames Quay, West India Dock, London, E14 9SG at 0630hrs where she will be welcomed by the Ambassador of Colombia to the UK, HE Mr Néstor Osorio and the Colombian community living in London.

The ship will be open for public FREE tours during the following times:

  • Thursday 3 September: 0800 to 1100  – 1400 to 1600
  • Friday  4 September 0900 to 1200 – 1300 to 2000
  • Saturday  5 September – Family Day, all welcome, Children activities  0900 to 1200 – 1300 to 2000
  • Sunday 6 September – 0900 –1300 at West India Dock

Colombia Day by the River Thames – Sunday 6 September (Noon to 1900)

Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA

As part of the Totally Thames Festival join us in London to celebrate a Colombia day by the river. There will be music, dancing and delicious Colombian food.

At 7pm the bascules of Tower Bridge will raise to allow the Colombian Navy’s three-masted training ship ‘ARC Gloria’ pass into the Upper Pool where 67 of its crew will balance on its masts singing the Colombian National Anthem.

Join us at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA and along the riverside as we bid farewell to ‘ARC Gloria’

 

Colombian Flagship ‘ARC Gloria’ visits London

3-6 September 2015

 

Thursday 3 September 2015

0630 – Arrival of Tall Ship ‘ARC Gloria’ to London

The Ambassador of Colombia to the United Kingdom, HE Mr Néstor Osorio and the Consul General Mr Rafael Merchán extend an invitation to welcome the Colombian Tall Ship ‘ARC Gloria’ to London.

 

9:00 – 11:00 / 14:00 – 16:00 – Public Visits to Tall Ship ‘ARC Gloria’

The ‘ARC Gloria’ opens its doors to the general public, for all visitors to learn about Colombia and enjoy this iconic tall ship.

Free event and open to the general public.

 

Friday 4 September 2015

9:00 – 12:00 / 13:00 – 20:00 – Public Visits to Tall Ship ‘ARC Gloria’

The ‘ARC Gloria’ opens its doors to the general public, for all visitors to learn about Colombia and  enjoy this iconic tall ship.

Free event and open to the general public.

 

Saturday 5 September 2015 – FAMILY DAY

9:00 – 12:00 / 13:00 – 20:00 – Public Visits to Tall Ship ‘ARC Gloria’

The ‘ARC Gloria’ opens its doors to the general public, for all visitors to learn about Colombia and enjoy this iconic tall ship.

ree event and open to the general public.

 

14:00 – 17:00 – Activities for children and families on board the ship

14:00 – 17:00 – Have a Coffee with the Consul General, Mr Rafael Merchán

The Consul General of Colombia to the United Kingdom Mr Rafael Merchán, invites all the Colombian residents in South England and London, to come on board the ‘ARC Gloria’ and present him with suggestions and proposals on the Colombian Consulate’s work.

 

Sunday 6 September – COLOMBIA DAY

9:00–12:00 – Public Visits to Tall Ship ‘ARC Gloria’

The ‘ARC Gloria’ opens its doors to the general public, for all visitors to learn about Colombia and enjoy this iconic tall ship.

Free event and open to the general public.

 

19:00 – Departure from London

The Colombian Flagship ‘ARC Gloria’ departs London passing under the Tower Bridge and making a U-turn in front of Potters Field Park, displaying the Colombian Flag before it continues its journey.

 

12:00 – 19:00 – Colombia Day at the Totally Thames Festival

As part of the London Thames Festival, the Embassy of Colombia to the United Kingdom invites all the Colombian community to Potter’s Field Park in the Southbank to celebrate the Colombia Day. This day will include a Colombian food festival, activities for families and music concluding with the departure performance by Colombian Flagship ‘ARC Gloria’ passing under the Tower Bridge.

 

Official Link: http://reinounido.embajada.gov.co

“Viva Pernambuco” – European Tour 2015

On 16th & 17th July 2015
Starting at 19.30
the IOE Student Union bar

http://lape.weebly.com/past-events.html

Viva  Pernambuco / Tour Europe in 2015 with André Rio and Benil is a great musical show that will tour major cities and renowned festivals of the European continent during his summer.
André Rio, singer and composer from Pernambuco with 20 years of career, released 16 CDs and more than 10 tours performed in European music festivals as Montreux Jazz Festival, Latin American Festival in Milan and Zurich Music Festival. Artist who stands out for songs that reflect the rhythms of our land, dragging crowds with his float in the Galo da Madrugada.
Benil has 12-year career with shows in Brazil and abroad. The tour will also feature the musical direction of Luciano Magno, composer and instrumentalist who was consecrated for the accuracy and preciousness of its arrangements in various musical in which he served as the Carnival Music Festival in Recife and the Causos and Corners Program Network Northeast Globe . Concern about the technical quality also pervades this tour, everything to ensure that foreigners know that in Pernambuco, it produces great quality music.
The show is a true mosaic of rhythms and trends surrounding the grand Pernambuco scene and brings in its repertoire, songs of true icons of our culture, as Luiz Gonzaga, Capiba, Getúlio Cavalcanti, Alceu Valenca and copyright works of André Rio and Benil in order to promote and publicize the great tourism and cultural potential of Recife and state.
Viva Pernambuco / Tour Europe in 2015 with André Rio and Benil is more than a show, and the story of our rhythms told through music.

looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Lape Cultural Event 1617th July Andre Rio Benil A3

“Defending Children’s Rights in Colombia” By Victoria Illingworth

On Thursday 16th April 2015
Starting at 6.30pm – including a glass of wine and snacks.
Colombian Consulate, Ground Floor, Westcott House, 35 Portland Place, London W1B 1AE

Victoria is the Events and Community Fundraiser of Children of the Andes (COTA).

Her passion for working at COTA, the UK largest charity working exclusively in Colombia, comes from having studied International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Sussex and a Masters in Political Economy of Late Development at LSE.

Her interest in Latin America and the issues of children in the region face from growing up in Costa Rica. Last year, she had the privilege of visiting COTA partner organisations in Colombia.

Victoria will share her experiences of visiting Colombia and COTA’s partner organisations, some of the stories of the children she met and her thoughts about Colombia.

Tickets:
The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let the Secretary know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time. Tel. 020 7266 4116

Presentation on the “ARC Gloria” by Captain Juan Francisco Herrera Leal

On Wednesday 17th June 2015
Starting at 6.30pm including a glass of wine and snacks.
Colombian Consulate, Ground Floor, Westcott House, 35 Portland Pl., London W1B 1AE

The ARC Gloria (displacement of 1,300 tons) is a training ship and official flagship of the Colombian Navy. In 1966 The Colombian Navy, with Vice Admiral Orlando Lemaitre Torres as its commander, acquired the three-masted barque. A formal contract was signed with the Spanish shipyard Celaya of Bilbao in 1966. The ship will come to London at the end of 2015 summer and members will have the chance to visit it.
ARC Gloria at sunset in Cartagena

Captain Herrera has 30 years of service in the Colombian Navy, during which time he has had positions aboard various ships.
During the first ten years of his career he sailed the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and some important rivers including the Magdalena, Meta and San Juan.

For the last 20 years he has served in positions of the Maritime Authority of Colombia. He has have served as Harbourmaster for five most important harbours in the country.

He was a cadet in 1987 in the Gloria. He sailed around South America, including Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Lima and Quito.
In London he has worked on the International Maritime Organization and will share his overall experience with the audience.

Tickets:
The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let the Secretary know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time to: anglocols@hotmail.com

Colombia: Illustrated Tales from “Off-the-Beaten-Path” By Piers Calvert

Tuesday 24th March 2015
Starting at 6.30pm – including a glass of wine and snacks.
Colombian Consulate,Ground Floor, Westcott House, 35 Portland Place, London W1B 1AE

Piers Calvert is a professional photographer and he went to Colombia in 2006 and he lived there and has worked on various assignments in the country. Now, he divides his time between London and Bogotá.

He will present a selection of his photographs from his exhibitions and he will talk about the interesting aspects of his work – strange places – amusing stories – indigenous people – geographical phenomena.

Tickets:
The entrance is free for members and for non-members is at £10.00. Tickets to be paid on the door
Please let the secretary know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time. Tel. 020 7266 4116

INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT

Sunday 20th July 2014
Royal College Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS

The Embassy of Colombia requests the pleasure of all members of the Anglo-Colombian Society for a concert of Colombian music by a String Ensemble of the Philharmonic of Bogota follows a reception to commemorate of the National Day.

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Monday 9th December 2013
Colombia Consulate Ground Floor, Westcott House,
35 Portland Place, London W1B 1AE

The Anglo-Colombian Society invites all members, friends and colleagues to the Christmas Party. There will be music, villancicos, a good raffle and much more.