The history of trade of Colombian Orchids in the UK during the 19th century

  Academic Series (2023): Trade, Technology and Politics: Creating an enduring link between Colombia and the United Kingdom In the second of these three presentations,Camilo Uribe-Botta, PhD candidate in History at University of Warwick, will analyse the commercial relationships between the two countries through the lens of flower exchange in the nineteenth century.   The…

Debates on the British Political Model in Early Nineteenth Century Colombia

The Anglo-Colombian Society is pleased to invite you to commemorate Colombian Independence Day with a talk followed by a toast. The presentation ‘Debates on the British Political Model in Early Nineteenth Century Colombia’ will be delivered by Jorge Varela, PhD candidate in History at University College London ( UCL) When: The event will be held at  on Tuesday…

Children Change Colombia

Join us for a wonderful day out as we embark on a 10-mile walk along the Thames on the 17th of June. By participating in this event, you will not only get to meet like-minded people but also contribute to raising funds that will support children and provide long-term opportunity in Colombia. Meet new people…

Latin American Networking Party

  We are pleased to announce our upcoming event, the 17th edition of the Latin American Networking Party, on Thursday 25th May from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. This year is the first time that the Anglo-Colombian Society joins forces with the British and Colombian Chamber of Commerce, the Latin American Network and the Caribbean…

Cookery Class and ACS Members Networking lunch

Join us for a cookery class and a Colombian Coffee Experience, followed by a Networking Lunch. Nothing tastes better than a freshly baked ‘pandebono’, especially when accompanied by a freshly brewed Colombian coffee! And it will taste even better if it has been made by you! Colombian Chef Julian Ramirez of ‘Rico Sabor Restaurant’ will guide us on how to make…

Barniz de Pasto: Colombian indigenous lacquer technique

The Anglo-Colombian Society proudly invites you to the talk about the Barniz de Pasto, the Colombian indigenous lacquer technique with Maestro Eduardo Muñoz Lora, the foremost authority in this field.  When: Friday 21st April 2023 at 6:00 pm. Venue: The Swedenborg Society, located at 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH. Schedule: 6:00p m – Doors open 6:30…

Todo está muy Caro: A glimpse of the life and work of Antonio Caro

The ACS invites you to hear about the life and work of Antonio Caro, probably Colombia’s most important conceptual artist. About the event Antonio Caro is perhaps the most important Colombian conceptual artist. He worked and produced art for over 50 years, breaking boundaries and limits. Some call him the father of Colombian conceptual art.…

Birding in Colombia and its benefits to communities

In “Birding in Colombia and its benefits to communities”, biologist Ivan Lau talked about the unique birdwatching opportunities in one of the most biodiverse and ‘birdiest’ countries in the world. Event held on Wednesday 6th July at 6:30pm BST via Zoom. About the speaker Iván Lau – A birdwatcher since childhood and biologist by profession,…

Cassava (yuca): Colombia’s gift to the world

Dr. Gerry O’Brien shared with us the details of his 30-year relationship with cassava, while Chef Dairo López complemented it by sharing with us some yuca recipes. Event held on Wednesday 8th of June 2022 – 6:30pm BST on Zoom. About this event: Cassava is a drought-tolerant and robust starchy root crop that serves as…

Cádiz, Bolívar and the origins of Colombian constitutionalism, 1810-1830

Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó’s talk examined the origins of Colombian constitutionalism – the principles or system of government in accord with a constitution – and focus on two particular moments: the so-called ‘Patria Boba’, (1810-1815) and the reaction of New Granada against Simón Bolívar’s dictatorship, leading to his resignation from power in 1830. Event held on…

‘Night of the World’: A Novel

Professor Oscar Guardiola-Rivera talked about his latest book, ‘Night of the World’, the first in a trilogy. Event held on Thursday 28th of June 2021 – 6:00pm GMT on Zoom. About the event: Professor Oscar Guardiola-Rivera held a 35 minute conversation with The87 Press founding editor Azad Ashim Sharma followed by a Q&A session. To purchase…

Superageing: The secrets to maintaining exceptional memory into your 80s

Professor Bryan Strange discussed recent evidence from his own research regarding the factors associated with maintaining exceptional memory ability in people over 80 years old. Event held on Wednesday 29th of September 2021 – 6:30pm BST on Zoom. About this event Professor Strange gave an introduction to the Neuroanatomy of human memory followed by a description…

Independence Day – Before the Vuelta and El Dorado: The Early History of Sport in Colombia

In the talk, Professor Matthew Brown looked at the early history of sports in Colombia and raised some questions about what has been remembered and commemorated, and why. There was football and cycling of course, and also horse racing, tejo and bullfighting. It was followed by a Q&A session with renowned Colombian footballer Juan Pablo…

Indigenous rock art in Colombia: The Chiribiquete National Natural Park

Dr. Alexander Geurds held a fascinating talk on one of the world’s largest collections of prehistoric rock art discovered in the Colombian Amazonian rainforest. Efvent held on Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 6.30pm BST via Zoom About this event Dr Geurds introduced the rock art of Chiribiquete in south-central Colombia. Situating the site in the…

The quantum physics of Nature

In ‘The Quantum Physics of Nature’, Colombian physicist, Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro, explored the microscopic scales of Nature, bridging quantum science and biology to help us understand our natural world. Event held on Tuesday 20th of April 2021 at 6:30 PM BST on Zoom. About this event Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro’s current research aims to elucidate fundamental…

Prospects for the Colombian Peace Agreement in times of the COVID-19 pandemic

The event “Prospects for the Colombian Peace Agreement in times of the COVID-19 pandemic” was cohosted by the Anglo-Colombian Society and the LSE Colombian Society, as part of the 2021 Colombian Symposium 2021 Chair: Professor Jenny PearceSpeakers: Dr. Andrei Gomez- Suárez, Dr. Maria del Pilar López Uribe and Joshua Mitrotti-Ventura. Download the event´s agenda

Magdalena: River of Dreams

  “Magdalena:River of Dreams”, a fascinating and beautiful talk by Professor Wade Davis about Colombia, “the country of colour and love” (el país de los colores y cariño). Event held on Tuesday 9th of February 2021 at 6:00 PM BST on Zoom. About the Event “Travellers often become enchanted with the first country that captures…

The Anglo-Colombia Society celebrates Christmas 2020

The Anglo-Colombian Society held its annual Members’ Christmas Celebration, with a live performance (via Zoom from Bogota) by the Santa Maria Foundation ensemble, Colombian harpist Diego Laverde and readings by British voice artist and actor Andrés Williams. Event held on 16th December 2020

The Legacy of Former President Virgilio Barco and the Capacity of the Colombian Government for Reform in the Light of the Peace of 2016

About the Speaker Malcolm Deas is an English historian specialising in the study of Latin America in general and Colombia in particular. He studied Modern History at New College, Oxford, and went on to become a Fellow of All Souls College and St Antony’s College. He taught at Oxford University for nearly five decades until…

Potential of Colombian Biodiversity for the Discovery of New Molecules with Medicinal and Cosmetic Applications

About the speaker Dr. Federico Padilla PhD is a researcher at the Commercial Phytochemistry Unit (CPU) of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, his role involves the identification and authentication of plant extracts used in a range of products commercialized by multinational companies. As world authority in plants and fungi, Kew plays an essential role in…

The Anglo-Colombia Society wishes a happy 2019 Christmas

The Anglo-Colombian Society had the pleasure to invite all members, their family and friends to it’s annual Christmas party, held at the Colombian Consulate at Westcott House. The ACS members enjoyed music, typical Colombian food, and villancicos.

Discovering Colombia: Butterflies and Birds of the World’s Most Biodiverse Country

About the event Dr. Blanca Huertas and Mr Thomas Donegan talkedus about their adventures on over 20 years of research expeditions and conservation projects throughout Colombia, studying some of the most iconic habitats and species on Earth. Colombia has the richest diversity of any country on Earth, and is a treasure trove for new species…

Greening the peace in Colombia by promoting biodiversity in sustainable livelihoods

About the speaker Mr. Diazgranados is a Research Leader for Diversity and Livelihoods in the Natural Capital and Plant Health Department of Kew Science. He leads research projects based in tropical developing countries, primarily in Latin America, focused on studying utilised, neglected and under-utilised plants, their main threats and conservation status, and their sustainable use. He has significant experience working on the…

Academic Lessons from the War on Drugs

About the speaker by: Dr. John Collins, is Executive Director of the LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU), a Fellow of the LSE US Centre and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalization. He is also Coordinator and Contributing Editor for the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of…

Garcia Marquez’s ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’

Professor Gerald Martin gave a captivating talk and shared reflections on Latin America’s first literary global village fifty years after its first publication. About the speaker Gerald Martin is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Languages Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Hampshire. He has been writing and speaking on Latin…

Ignacio’s Legacy (2016)

About the event 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…

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

About the event 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…

Colombia: Peace, the Peace Community and Social Reconciliation

About the event 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…

Colombia: Where Are We Now?

About the speaker 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…

First Colombian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica

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…

‘Defending Children’s Rights in Colombia’ by Victoria Illingworth

About the event Victoria Illingworth shared her experiences of visiting Colombia and COTA’s partner organisations, some of the stories of the children she met and her thoughts about Colombia. 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…

Presentation on the ‘ARC Gloria’, by Captain Juan Francisco Herrera Leal

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…

Colombia: Illustrated Tales from ‘Off-the-Beaten-Path’, by Piers Calvert

Piers Calvert presented a selection of his photographs from his exhibitions and talked about the interesting aspects of his work – strange places – amusing stories – indigenous people – geographical phenomena. Piers Calvert is a professional photographer. He traveled to Colombia in 2006 and he lived there and has worked on various assignments in…