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Tūranga Central Library Christchurch

60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch

9 September to 13 November 2022


Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

92 Main Street, Foxton

November 26 2022 to 20 January 2023

If you would like to arrange a facilitated tour

or book an educational group

please contact us.


De la Milpa a la Mesa 


De la Milpa a la Mesa celebrates the richness of Mexican cuisine, from farms and markets to restaurants and home kitchens. 


Farmers, scientists, vendors, and cooks from across Mexico share their unique perspectives on agriculture, climate change, food sovereignty, and how their diverse communities are confronting global concerns in their everyday lives – concerns similar to those found in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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During our Wellington showing of De la Milpa a la Mesa we had an exciting events programme that gave visitors the opportunity to dive deeper into Mexican food and culture. 

The programme included Mexican dance, cooking, language, film, art, literature and history.

When the exhibition is at Tūranga Central Library Christchurch and Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Foxton, we aim to deliver a similar programme of events – so be sure to 
subscribe to keep up to date with developments.


Below is a tool for teachers that provides an overview of the exhibition, learning outcomes and suggested activities. It's suitable for Social Studies students years 7 - 13.

We also have Spanish language lessons for beginner to elementary, designed to be done either within the exhibition or in the classroom.

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De la Milpa a la Mesa exhibition is the result of years of collaborative efforts between Dr Lee Davidson from Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington’s Museum and Heritage Studies programme and Dr Leticia Pérez Castellanos from the Posgrado en Estudios y Prácticas Museales programme of the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City. 
It has been led by seven post-graduate students in New Zealand and two in Mexico City who were undertaking a supervised internship as part of the LatAm CAPE’s Cultural Sector Partnership programme and guided by three industry mentors.

The exhibition was developed in partnership with the Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. The Latin America CAPE was established in July 2017 to bring New Zealand closer to Latin America. By drawing university experience together with nimble delivery systems, the CAPE helps New Zealanders deepen sustainable, future-focused commercial growth and relationships, and builds
knowledgeable, schools and universities. It does this through the delivery of evidence-based programmes, events and tools that are available to the broader New Zealand public.




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