Sun is Shining on the Argentine Flag

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National Flag Day is celebrated today in Argentina. Typical festivites including folklore peñas and asados, and local dishes including hearty locro and pastelitos, will be enjoyed around the country.

The national flag is attributed to General Manuel Belgrano who first raised the eye-catching light blue and white national symbol, inspired by the Argentine cockade, on The 27th of February of 1812 in Rosario during the independence war. Although the first triumvirate did not approve the flag, it was allowed as a war flag until 1816, when it was finally made official after the declaration of independence.

The sun symbol was a later addition to the initial flag design, and is inspired by the Inca symbol of the sun god Inti.  The flag’s sun symbol has 16 rays in clockwise position and 16 in counterclockwise position, and is the same as the sun on the first Argentine coin.  The designer was the Peruvian Juan de Dios Rivera.

The sun symbol has also been referred to as the May Sun as on the rainy 25th of May of 1810, an emblematic date in the Argentine independence process, the sun finally shone through.

 

Cuidad Emergente 2013

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The 2013 Ciudad Emergente festival kicks off today with three live shows at the Centro Cultural Recoleta starting at 6.15 pm. Throughout the long weekend, from Thursday the 20th of June to Sunday the 23rd, the event will take place starting at 2pm and will be featuring Argentine emerging art and music.

Some of the highlighted features of the festival include a photography exhibit on John Lennon by Bob Gruen, a Fuerza Bruta show on Thursday, film projections, hip hop battles, street art, stand up, fashion shows and more.

The festival is free of charge and takes place from 2pm to 11pm at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, next to the Recoleta cemetery. Find the full program here. Junín 1930, Recoleta.

Argentine Talents: Mercedes Sosa

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Mercedes Sosa, affectionately known as La Negra, was one of the greatest local folklore artists in Argentina. Her voice was known in all of Latin America and she performed in New York, London and Rome in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Coliseum, amongst others.

Her roots were typically Argentine, that is to say from mixed cultures, including Indigenous and French. She started singing at a young age and won a singing competition at 15 that would mark the beginning of a long and very prolific career in which she received national and international recognition and recorded forty albums.   During the military coup she was exiled and lived in both Paris and Madrid until she returned to Argentina in 1982.

In 2009, she passed away at the age of 74. A month later her album Cantora 1, was awarded with two Grammys. She is remembered for her powerful voice, and for one of her emblematic tunes Gracias a la Vida, which is part of a concept album from 1971 that was inspired by Chilean poet Violeta Parra.

La Negra’s brother, Orlando, has also graced us with some local culture but of the culinary kind. La Tucumanita, which specializes in regional empanadas and locro, has three venues in the city and is the perfect place to sample what Argentina is all about.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

Stop by the MALBA and check out the latest modern Latin American art! Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

In the evening, Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be setting eighteen places for the new One Table event in which 4 tapas, 5 courses, and 5 wines selected by Andrés Rosberg will be shared. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

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Get a general overview of the city on one of the free walking tours led by Jonathan, an Englishman in love with BA! Tours start at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

In the evening, don’t miss the last performance of The Woman Without a Shadow by Richard Strauss being staged at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Ciudad Emergente, a festival that seeks to display emerging art kicks off until the 23rd of June at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Junín 1930, Recoleta.

No visitor to the city can leave without taking a tango lesson and the informal and friendly La Catedral is just the place for it. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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Celebrate Argentine national Flag Day and try some locro, pastelitos, and other typical festive delicacies!

In the evening, the Ciudad Emergente gala party will take place at the Usina del Arte in La Boca.  Pedro de Mendoza 501, La Boca.

Friday

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Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta where a special exhibit of Fernando Botero’s work is being displayed until the 30th of June.  Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening, Arnie Roth and Nobuo Uematsu will be staging a live performance of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Saturday, don’t miss the Luis Salinas show at Torcuato Tasso. More information here.

 Typical weekend activities in Buenos Aires include the San Telmo Antique Market and gaucho fun at Feria de Mataderos!

Smooooooooothway: It Does A Body Good

New Healthy food in Palermo Hollywood, only 2 blocks away from Fierro Hotel!

Pick Up The Fork

Smooothway

Say goodbye to those fake-healthy Buenos Aires cafés who pack their so-called licuados with sugar and wraps with sad, sorry produce. Smooothway, a new addition to the Palermo Hollywoood café club, has graced the neighborhoood with its fresh organic presence, forming a sort of hybrid healthy fast foood joint that caters to those who want to eat well, without compromising the flavors.

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Argentine Talent: Luis Salinas

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Luis Salinas is one if the most prolific contemporary musicians of the country. Known for his superb guitar playing, and his interpretations of tango, folklore and Latin jazz, he has merged the traditional with the new, proving both his talent and ability.

The renowned guitarist, born in 1957 in Monte Grande, at the south of the Buenos Aires province,  he began playing at a young and recorded with artists such as Adolfo Ábalos, Horacio Salgán and Tomatito, amongst others.

Currently, every Saturday throughout June, he is staging live shows at Torcuato Tasso in San Telmo.  On the 15th of June (today), he will play a repertoire of funk, rock, blues and ballads. On the 22nd of June he will play traditional Latin music and on the 29th he will play Latin-Jazz. Tickets are 120 pesos and places must be booked in advance. The shows begin at 10pm, and the public must arrive at 9pm. More information here.

Cuisine & Vins 2013

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The Cuisine & Vins expo kicks off today until tomorrow featuring a selection of the country’s best wines and  stands with typical gourmet and deli products. The event is taking place at the stunning Palacio Paz in front of Plaza San Martín.

Tickets to the event are 170 pesos. The expo takes place from 5pm to 11pm at Santa Fe 750, Downtown. More information here.