Buenos Aires Polo Circo 2012

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Although recent in the city, the annual international circus festival has rapidly expanded over the years. This year it will take place from the 3rd to the 14th of May and will be hosting dazzling circus acts from around the world at the traditional Polo Circo venue, as well as the newly added Espacio Cultural Julián Centeya, Espacio Cultural Carlos Gardel, Espacio Cultural Adán Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural San Martín and the Centro Municipal de Exposiciones.

The program features shows by circuses from France, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil, Chile and of course Argentina. At the Polo Circo venue there will also be free shows by independent acts one hour before the official performances begin. Additionally there will be a Bar del Circo from 10pm onwards with live bands, drinks and DJ´s.

National shows are free of charge and international presentations cost between 30-60 pesos. The full program is available here and tickets can be purchased here.

This Week in Buenos Aires


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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s depicting different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

From 1pm-5pm there will be a Reiki marathon at the stunning Japanese gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.


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The IV International Buenos Aires Circus Festival will host a variety of stunning circus acts from the 3-14th of May starting at midday. Find the full program here.

Later on stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark.  Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive every day life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.


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The city will be abuzz with literary activity until the 7th of May at the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos from Mon-Thur and 26 pesos on the weekend. Find the full program of activities here.

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.


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Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

Don´t miss the chance to take part of the nocturnal tour of the ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero. Remember to book your place in advance! Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero 4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 interno 108. reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar

Celebrity barman Fede Cuco will be preparing innovative concoctions at Fierro Hotel on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the chance to try a Multiple Choice Crusta, Chicago Fizz, Barrel Aged Rob Roy and C&C. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

Professional photographer Jocelyn Mandryk (who took Fierro’s latest photographs) and her associate Becky Hayes have taken tourist photography to a whole new level on their Saturday Foto Ruta tours.  What they propose is to get to know the city from another point of view, taking their travelers through off the beaten path locations and setting creative guidelines for the photographs so that they can explore the local colors and characters through the lens from a new perspective, finding what they normally wouldn’t on a typical tourist location. The Foto Ruta tour runs every Saturday from 2pm-6pm and costs 100 pesos. Upcoming locations are listed on the Foto Ruta webpage.

Celebrity barman Fede Cuco will be preparing innovative concoctions at Fierro Hotel on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the chance to try a Multiple Choice Crusta, Chicago Fizz, Barrel Aged Rob Roy and C&C.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Electro fans will be joyously dancing on Saturday to the unique beats of Justice, John Digweed and the likes at the UMF electronic music festival taking place on Saturday and Costanera Sur. Tickets here.

Every Sunday until the 13th of May from 1pm-4pm there will be live tango music and milongas at the traditional Bar El Estaño 1880. Aristóbulo Del Valle 1100, La Boca