Throughout this week, BAN- Buenos Aires Negra, a new festival related to the detective novel will be celebrated in the city.
Literary enthusiasts will be able to participate in a variety of events including book readings and signings, as well as film screenings, theatre, photography, art, random performances, presentations by authors and forensics specialists, and mock trials.
Although the festival might be of more appeal to Spanish speakers or to those who understand Spanish at least, it still presents a wonderful opportunity to participate in the literary side of Buenos Aires, and in this genre that has become one of the pillars of the local literature. Below are some suggested festival activities (including some which English speakers can enjoy as well). The full schedule can be found here.
Tuesday 12th of June
Juicio Oral: Un Crimen Pasional. A chance to witness a mock trial about a crime of passion! Starting at 7pm. Centro Cultural General San Martin. Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.
Thursday 14th of June
Film Screening. Alias Gardelito by Lautaro Murua. This Argentine film classic from the sixties features the struggles of Toribio to make ends meet as he strives to emulate Carlos Gardel. Starting at 6pm. Centro Cultural General San Martin. Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.
Outdoor Theatre- Los Fantasmas de San Telmo (The ghosts of San Telmo) starting at 6.30pm at the famous Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo.
Interview: Hugo “La Garza” Sosa, a well known Argentine criminal will be interviewed by Ernesto Mallo, one of the festival’s organizers. Starting at 7pm. Centro Cultural General San Martin. Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.
Friday 15th of June
American author Christopher Moore will be interviewed at 8pm and then he will speak about superstition, corruption and ghosts in Thai culture at 9pm. Centro Cultural General San Martin. Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.
Saturday 16th June
Live Music- John Sundae’s Jazz Band at 7pm. Cultural General San Martin. Sarmiento 1551, Downtown
Sunday 17th of June
Film Screening: Un Oso Rojo- Adrian Caetano. This emblematic Argentine film from 2002 shows a gritty side of the city through “Oso”, a convicted prisoner who, after being released from jail, returns to his home to get to know his daughter. Cultural General San Martin. Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.