MPs, Latin American diplomats and senior members of the Latin American travel, hospitality and tourism industry gathered at the House of Commons on 8 February for the All-Party Parliamentary British-Latin America Group and Latin America Travel Association’s (LATA) annual reception which honoured BBC presenter Katie Derham with the 2017 LATA Media Award for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Latin America in the UK.
Held in the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons, guests were greeted by Mark Menzies MP; Chairman of the APPG for Latin America and the Right Honourable Alan Duncan MP; Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Bringing Latin American culture into British homes through her work presenting television programmes such as the vibrant BBC documentary The Girl from Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and The Beach and the 2016 Proms which had a distinctly Latin flair in celebration of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Katie Derham was presented the award by chairman of LATA, Byron Shirto.
“Journeying to the stunning beaches, majestic mountains and night clubs of Rio to meet key Bossa Nova musicians, Katie’s The Girl from Ipanema uncovers the hidden culture of Brazil, unveils the mysterious story behind Brazil’s most iconic musical export and reveals what it really means to be Brazilian to a British audience. Through this programme as well as her work presenting the 2016 Proms, Katie has transported the spirit of Latin America into many British households, driving interest in the region and creating an appetite for travel.”
The documentary will be shown on Monday (13/02) on BBC FOUR.
Picture credit: Katie Derham pictured with the crew of The Girl from Ipanema with LATA chairman Byron Shirto and Lilas Nascimento, Embratur.