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Celebrations for 150th anniversary of Welsh settlements in Argentine Patagonia

Sunday, February 1st 2015 - 22:41 UTC
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Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and ambassador Castro during the launching of commemorations in Cardiff Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and ambassador Castro during the launching of commemorations in Cardiff

Argentine Ambassador in the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, and the Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, who will visit Argentina this year, jointly inaugurated in Cardiff celebrations commemorating the settlement of the Welsh in Argentina in 1865. Several activities have been planned both in Patagonia and Wales to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

 Prior to the ceremony, the Argentine Ambassador and the Welsh leader held a bilateral meeting in which they looked into the commemorative activities set to take place throughout 2015, as well as establishing an agenda of joint cultural events in the UK and Argentina.

The Welsh First Minister confirmed to the Ambassador that he will travel to Chubut next July in order to attend the celebrations, and reaffirmed the importance that his government and people ascribe to the anniversary. “As a nation, we are very proud of the strong links that we share with the settlements in Patagonia”, Carwyn Jones stated.

The ceremony, which was attended by MPs from Westminster and the National Assembly for Wales, officials from the Embassy of Argentina and a large audience, included a concert given by the National Orchestra of Wales, a tasting of typical dishes from both countries, the screening of a BBC documentary filmed in Patagonia, the launch of the British Council Patagonia website and of several cultural initiatives.

“The links between Wales and Patagonia are very important for us and this is why we are working to promote awareness of this history”, stated the Director of British Council Wales, Jenny Scott.

Lord Dafydd Wigley, the Honorary Chairman of the Welsh Celebrations Co-ordinating Committee, said that he hoped the occasion would help bring the Governments of Argentina and the UK closer together and to strengthen bilateral relations.

“The establishment of Welsh settlements in Argentina, that preserved their traditions, language and cultural identity, is a fine example of the respect, friendship and opportunities that our country offers to British descendants”, Alicia Castro stated in Cardiff.

“I hope that 2015, such a special year of celebrations for Welsh people in Patagonia, will also present an opportunity for Argentina and the UK to resume dialogue”, the Argentine Ambassador added.

At the conclusion of the meeting Ambassador Castro offered Carwyn Jones a copy of the book Malvinas Matters: Notes from the Embassy of Argentina in London, edited and published by the Embassy.

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  • Marcos Alejandro

    Congratulations for the anniversary and welcome to Argentina.
    I hope the small group od Englishman in Malvinas learn something about the Welsh in Argentina, for example they didn't claim the land for their country of origin.

    Feb 01st, 2015 - 11:25 pm 0
  • Briton

    Welsh Welsh Welsh

    no disrespect old chaps, but CFK will milk this for all the cream she can get,

    but I ask you remember one very important thing,
    they were born in Argentina, thus they are argentine,

    Feb 01st, 2015 - 11:27 pm 0
  • paulcedron

    congratulations to the welsh.
    learn from that isleters!

    Feb 02nd, 2015 - 12:02 am 0
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