Performances and demonstrations

Live music, dance, poetry and demonstrations to complement
the exhibition Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler.


Music at the Royal Courts of
Mexico and Spain

Friday 16 October, 18.30
£5, concessions £3
Classical choir Coro Cervantes performs 16th century vocal and instrumental music.

Aztec music and dance
Saturday 24 October, 15.00 and 16.30
Admission free, just drop in
Mexican group Tribu perform songs in the Aztec language (Nahuatl), play replicas
of Aztec instruments and dance in traditional Aztec dress.

Aztec poetry and music
Friday 27 November, 18.30
£5, concessions £3
An evening of contemporary and classical poetry in Nahuatl (the Aztec language) with English translations and musical accompaniment.

Alquimia: music performance
Friday 15 January, 18.30
£5, concessions £3
Listen to the multilayered vocal music of Mexican-born sonic innovator Alquimia in various languages, including her native Nahuatl, accompanied by percussion and imagery.


Introduction to Mexican cookery
Saturday 28 November, 13.00–14.00
£3, concessions £2
Thomasina Miers, MasterChef winner and owner of restaurant chain Wahaca, shares her passion for Mexican food and demonstrates simple recipes.
Organised with Wahaca

Tree of life sculpture demonstrations
Thursday 14 and Sunday 17 January
Admission free, just drop in
Watch Mexican artist Tiburcio Soteno as he creates stunning clay sculptures.

Interactive session

Discover the art of the pictogram
Thursday 12 November
15.30–17.00 and 18.30–20.00
£3, concessions £2
20 places per session
Interactive session with Gordon Brotherston, Manchester University, who introduces ancient Aztec writing techniques and their sacred and historic meaning.

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Images: Turquoise mosaic mask, c. 1500–1521, Mexica/Mixtec.
© The Trustees of the British Museum

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Turquoise Aztec mask