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Celebrating the UK's relationship with Atlantic Canada

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From 3-7 March, the British High Commission, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, will bring a 'Pop-Up Consulate' to Halifax.

Located at the Halifax Citadel, a National Historic Site of Canada, this temporary office is designed to highlight what makes the UK a great place to visit and do business. It will also serve as a hub for a week-long series of events which will underline the extensive connections between the UK and Atlantic Canada.

This marks the first time the British High Commission, UK Trade & Investment, British Council, and Scottish Development International have partnered to host such an event in Canada.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase the UK’s strength in business, education, and research, while re-energizing our relationship with the governments, universities and businesses on Canada’s east coast,” said British High Commissioner to Canada Howard Drake.

A trade delegation of 30 representatives from 20 British companies, including a large group from the defence and security sectors, will also visit Halifax during the week.

“Trade between the UK and Atlantic Canada is particularly strong, but we want it to continue to grow,” said the high commissioner. “These companies will be in Halifax looking to identify joint ventures with companies based in Atlantic Canada.”

The week’s events can be followed on twitter by using #UKinHfx.

Public events

British Pop-up Consulate, Tuesday 4 March to Friday 7 March

Pop in and discover how the British government works with Canada, and what makes the UK a great place to visit and do business. Located at The North Magazine, Halifax Citadel and open from 10am to 4pm.

‘Britain: Past, Present, and Future’ tour, Tuesday 4 March to Thursday 6 March

Take a journey back in time and discover the many military connections between the UK and Halifax on display at Citadel Hill National Historic Site of Canada. This special free tour from the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association will only be offered this week. The tours start at 11am and 1pm and begin at The North Magazine, Halifax Citadel.

Science is GREAT marine energy discussion, Tuesday 4 March

Ocean waves could someday power your house, and both Canada and the UK are playing a large role in making it happen. Join us for a special discussion as we take a closer look at this cutting edge field featuring experts from both sides of the Atlantic. The event starts at 2pm at the Industrial Engineering Building (MA 120), Dalhousie University. Register for tickets.

Open house for British Nationals, Tuesday 4 March

Are you a Brit living in Atlantic Canada? Our consular team wants to meet with you. This open house is a great chance to get the latest information on the services we offer to British citizens living in Canada, including emergency passports and help in a crisis. The open house runs from 2pm to 5pm at The North Magazine, Halifax Citadel.

Canada-UK trade discussion, Wednesday 5 March

Learn about the trade relationship between Canada and the UK, ask the experts your questions, and hear about new opportunities for business. The discussion starts at 1:30pm at University Hall, 3rd floor Macdonald Building, Dalhousie University.

Study in the UK open house, Wednesday 5 March

Dream of studying in the UK? You are not alone. Thousands of Canadians do it every year. Come and meet staff from the British Council and representatives from St George’s University of London, the University of the Arts London, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Northumbria University. The open house is from 3pm to 6pm at The North Magazine, Halifax Citadel.

‘Royal Connections’ exhibit tour, Thursday 6 March

Before glossy magazines and social media, these prints, drawings, and sculpture helped connect monarchs with the masses. From Henry VII to George II, discover Nova Scotia’s royal connections with a special behind the scenes visit from the exhibit’s curator. The exhibit will be open from 5pm to 9pm at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The curator tour begins at 7pm. Admission is free.

Live 105’s British Re-invasion, Thursday 6 March

You could call it a maritime rock n’ roll party with a British twist! Together with the Lower Deck Historic Properties, Halifax Pop Explosion, and The Coast and supported by Cunard Line, Live 105 is thrilled to bring together some of Nova Scotia’s best musical talent, including Gloryhound and The Town Heroes, to celebrate great British music and help local charities. Come down and cheer for your favourite band. The concert starts at 8pm at the Lower Deck Historic Properties. Admission is a donation at the door.

British film screening, Friday 7 March

Film fans know British cinema is among the world’s best, and ‘The Selfish Giant’ is no exception. We are thrilled to be partnering with The Carbon Arc, Halifax’s only independent cinema, to screen this beautiful and heartfelt fable. The film was nominated for Best British Film at the 2014 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). The film begins at 7pm at the Carbon Arc Cinema. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online.

Further information

Follow the British High Commissioner Howard Drake on twitter @HDrakeUK

Follow the Deputy British High Commissioner Corin Robertson on twitter @CorinRobertson

Follow the British High Commission on twitter @UKinCanada

Follow the British High Commission on facebook and instagram