BRITISH WEEK: From street party to Ladies Day

A British street party
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By Margot Thomas

MARCH, in northern climes is said to come in like  a lion. In Panama   we have  a lion sized helping of entertainment opportunities spearheaded with  British Week organized by the  British Embassy and generously spread over 10 days with a range of events catering to all tastes.

The  celebration starts on  Thursday March 9 at the Avatar Restaurant on Via Argentina with a Curry and Quiz night.

If you are wondering about the curry connection, the British during there long involvement in India introduced cricket to the sub-continent. In return they were introduced to the flavors of curry and an undying love  of the spicy food  which has given birth to thousands of Indian restaurants across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Dinner and participation in a fun quiz contest introduced by UK ambassador Dr Ian Collard is $30.

Street parties are a  unique feature of  major British celebrations ranging from royal weddings to coronations when neighbors get together to prepare food and entertainment  on the street.  On Sunday  March 12 Panama gets the opportunity to participate in a free  Great British  Street Party  on Ave 5A in Casco Viejo  with  tea and cakes and games for kids and adults from 12-4pm.

The next day  March 13 at  City Hall on Cuba Ave  you can travel down memory lane  at Sound UK Sonido  a unique exhibition of 50 years of British music. The free ege-68637 alignleft” src=”http://www.newsroompanama.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/yellow-submarine-300×168.png” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”168″ />Wednesday  March 15  is Debate night  tackling the role of women in  preventing or perpetuating the machismo eum on Tuesday March 14 with a seminar and reception to explore the fusion of art and technology with   F.A.C.T. the Liverpool based  Foundation of Art  and Creative Technology.

Liverpool is of course the home of two renowned mergers of art and technology, The Beatles and the Premier League Liverpool FC,(soccer) team.  The free event is from 4-8 pm.

Wednesday  March 15  is Debate night  tackling the role of women in  preventing or perpetuating the machismo culture in Latin America. It starts  at 7 pm at the Electoral Tribunal and admission is free.

Thurs March 16  offers Beatles in the Park at  Parque Centenarrio in Casco Viejo with a free showing of the classic movie Yellow Submarine  and a celebration of the Best of British Music with musicians from The Danilo Perez Foundation. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

The Brit celebration week end in classic style with A Day at the Races at the Hipodromo modeled on Ladies Day  at Royal Ascot where hats challenge thoroughbreds as the  center of attraction.

There’s champagne,  fine dining, and of course the sport of kings. It starts at 1 pm and the price is $50. If you enjoy a flutter  and it’s your lucky day you   could recover the cost, but win or lose you’ll have  a fine time and good company.

 

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