April in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Justin Ornellas)

Easter, autumn, and a whole lot of cultural activities come together in one of the busiest months of the year, in terms of entertainment and leisure at least. With three long weekends and some of the city’s most important cultural events, such as the BAFICI film festival and the international book fair, Buenos Aires is bound to be abuzz with things to do in every city corner. Below are some of the highlighted events to get ready for this month!

1984– Directed by Tim Robbins- The San Martín Theatre will be welcoming renowned American actor Tim Robbins this month as he lands in the city to direct a version of 1984 for the stage. Throughout the following weeks the theatre will be screening some of his best known films in anticipation of the event.

BAFICI-11th -22nd of April.- One of the most popular cultural events in Buenos Aires is the annual international independent film festival (BAFICI). Presenting over four hundred films by a great variety of  both local and international directors, the festival is a cultural melting pot with something for everyone. Check out the program and buy tickets here.

FIFBA Folklore Festival 13th-15th of April- The Buenos Aires International Folklore Festival takes place annually in La Plata and is a great place for music enthusiasts to become acquainted with a part of the local identity through the native culture. More information here.

Feria Internacional del Libro 19th of April-7th of May- Another of Buenos Aires´s most popular cultural events of the year is the international book fair which takes place each year at La Rural in Palermo. More information on readings and seminars here.

Also, don’t miss some of the great exhibits that are being held at the MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art) and the Colon Theater’s upcoming productions, find their Autumn program here.

Concerts:

Gipsy Kings– 3rd of April- Flamenco Pop group Gipsy Kings will be staging a live show at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here. 

The Quilmes Rock festival will be taking place at the River Plate Stadium featuring the following acts:

3rd of April- Foo Fighters, MGMT, Band of Horses, Crosses, Jauria.

4th of April- Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, TV on the radio, Massacre.

7th of April- Charly García, Fito Paez.

Tickets available here.

Bjork will be playing five shows presenting her album Biophilia Residency to the public. On the 6th ,9th , 12th , and 15th of April she will play intimate concerts at the centro de exposiciones and on the  21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

Jane’s Addiction– 10th of April- The legendary alternative nineties rock band returns to the city to present their new album, “The Great Escape Artist”, and a selection of the band’s classics.  Tickets here.

Roger Hodgson-19th of April- Supertramp’s front man Roger Hodgson will be presenting “Breakfast in America Tour 2012” at the Lawn Tennis Club. Tickets here.

Roxette -24th April- Once again the Swedish duo visit the country to satisfy Roxette-hungry Argie fans at the Luna Park. Tickets here.

Bob Dylan 26th-30th of April- Rock legend Bob Dylan will be presenting 4 shows at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

With the BAFICI film festival coming up and all the live music this week, we are bound to a have a lot of fun! Get the details here!

Monday:

Screenings of contemporary tango films are offered the first Monday of each month at the Museo Casa Carlos Gardel. This 4th of April you can catch “Tango no me dejes nunca”, a film directed by acclaimed spanish director Carlos Saura, at 6.30PM.

In the evening, live indie band “The National” come all the way from Ohio to La Trastienda for an intimate concert of melancholic rock music.  Afterwards head to nearby The Gibraltar for good beers and great curries.

Museo Carlos Gardel
Jean Jaurés 735, Almagro
4964-2015/2071
Opening hours:  Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 7pm. Tuesdays closed.

La Trastienda
Balcarce 460, San Telmo
4345-0411
www.latrastienda.com

The Gibraltar
Peru 895, San Telmo
4362-5310

Tuesday

The Museo de la Ciudad is a lovely place to visit and learn more about Argentine lifestyle and history. Included in their permanent exhibitions are displays of antique childrens toys, of the cities doors, and musical instruments amongst others. Currently there is also a temporary exhibit on the cities churches.


In the evening The Flaming Lips open the Quilmes Rock Festival (which will take place mid May) at the estadio GEBA in Palermo. Just a ten minute walk away is Las  Cañitas which is full of bar and restaurants. For some good music, drinks and a quick bite, try Beat House.
The Palermo Casino is also close to the stadium, for those of you who like to try your luck!

Another option for international live music is Devendra Banhart who will be presenting himself  in Niceto Club in Palermo. (see Wednesday)

Museo de la Ciudad
Defensa 219 / 223 Montserrat
4331-9855 / 4442  4343-2123
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm

Flaming Lips Estadio GEBA
Freire 381, Dorrego
Tickets available at the stadium and here

Beat House
Báez 211 – Las Cañitas
Tel: 4775-5616

Palermo Casino
Av. Libertador 4101
4788-2800

Wednesday

This is a good week to go to La Boca as the Fronteras Festival is being held in this neighborhood until the 10th of April. Its integrating goal is to bring the community together through different cultural expressions such as dance and street art. Additionally The Museo Quinquela Martin is exhibiting drawings, paintings and prints of renown Argentine artist Osvaldo Attila and his students.

In the evening check out Devendra Banharts performance at Club Niceto, or, Cypress Hill and Deftones at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.

Museo Quinquela Martin
Pedro de Mendoza 1835 – La Boca
4301 1080

Devendra Banhart Club Niceto
Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo
(+54 11) 4779 9396 / info@nicetoclub.com
Ciudad de Buenos Aires – Argentina
Tickets available at Niceto From Mon-Fri 12-6pm or here

Cypress Hill and Deftones, Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
Gutenberg 350, Capital Federal
4551-1054
Tickets available here

Thursday

The BAFICI film festival, held in various cinemas in Buenos Aires, until the 17th of April offers a wide range of independent local and international films. On Thursday at 5.30pm, Danish documentary, Football is God, is being screened at the Alianza Francesa bringing a particular perspective on the Argentine passion for this sport.

The night offers more live music at the Grand Rex,  Cuban singer and songwriter  Pablo Milanes strums some melancholic melodies influenced by jazz and cuban music.

BAFICI Film Festival

Alianza Francesa
Av. Cordoba 936/946
43 22 00 68

Pablo Milanes at the Gran Rex
Corrientes 857, Buenos Aires
Tickets at the theatre and here

Friday

Check out  French photographer and reporter Dominique Roger’s exhibit at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Whilst you’re in the area, stop by La Biela, one of Buenos AIres traditional coffee houses for a pleasant afternoon break.

In the evening check out the Teatro Ciego’s  “A Ciegas con Luz”  truly unique experience which combines music and gourmet dinning in complete darkness, inviting you to out aside sight for a while to experiment with your other senses.

Centro Cultural Recoleta
Junin1930, Recoleta
4803-1040
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm
Sat-Sun 10am-9pm

La Biela
Av. Quintana 600, Recoleta
4804-0449

Teatro Ciego
Zelaya 3006, corner with Jean Jaures, Abasto
6379-8596
Tickets at the theatre, at 5533-5533 or here

Saturday and Sunday

At the starting point of the Paraná delta is the town of Tigre, set on an island lined by small rivers and streams. This rugged location surrounded by nature offers a variety of attractions including canoeing and kayak excursions, trekking, motorboat and commuter boats to take you to different places on the riverside, restaurants, spas, teahouses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park.

How to get there:

By train:
The train is one of the fastest ways to get to Tigre and you have the option of taking the regular train or the tern de la costa which includes a scenic view and the possibility to stop at different train stations where you can shop for antiques (Borges station) or organic food (San Fernando station on saturdays.)

Direct train from Retiro
- At Retiro station you have to take the Mitre line train going to Tigre. Trip duration: 50 minutes.
Tren de la Costa from Retiro
1. Retiro to Tren de la Costa: At Retiro station you have to take the Mitre line train going to Mitre station. Once you have arrived at Mitre station you have to cross the bridge on Av. Maipu 2600, which takes you to the Maipu station of Tren de la Costa.
2. The Maipú station of Tren de la Costa to Tigre: At the Maipu station of Tren de la Costa you have to take the train going to the Delta. It is a 30-minute long trip in a modern train with a beautiful view of Rio de la Plata and you can get on and off as you please.

Getting to Tigre by bus- Take the line 60 bus which starts its route at Constitucion. Trip duration: 90 minutes.
Getting to Tigre by car- Take the Panamericana Highway up to Acceso Norte, the Tigre road on the ‘Autopista del Sol’