On Tuesday 28th January the Spanish Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual New Year’s Drinks Reception. We were so delighted to hold this edition at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts and in that regard, for our guests to have the chance to enjoy the highly anticipated Picasso & Paper exhibition which had recently opened at the gallery.
On this occasion we welcomed Rebecca Salter, the President of the Royal Academy of Arts as our Guest of Honour, who gave a speech to the guests during the reception.
The President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the UK, Mr. Eduardo Barrachina, had opened the evening with a speech which highlighted that our organisation is “the official Spanish trade association in the UK. But we are neither blind nor indifferent to culture. We do see it as a creator of wealth, jobs and as a means to bring people together. Tonight it is an example of how culture can shape cities like London” adding that “the Royal Academy of Arts has done an extraordinary job putting together this unique exhibition and I congratulate Rebecca for this”.
After his words, our president went on to thank Minister of State Conor Burns, from the Department of International Trade, for his attendance at the reception.
Continuing on from the president, the Ambassador of Spain, H.E. Mr. Carlos Bastarreche, also gave a short speech.
As the guests arrived to the Fine Rooms they were welcomed with a glass of wine or cava which was generously provided by our members Codorníu Raventós, Marqués de Cáceres and Mahou San Miguel. Hispania also served a variety of delicious Spanish food.
During the event and away from the crowds, our guests had the opportunity to visit the newly opened Picasso and Paper exhibition free of charge and at their own leisure.
We would like to sincerely thank our member GVA Gómez-Villares & Atencia for sponsoring the event as well as all who came and joined us this year.
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