Buenos Aires Agenda: February/Febrero 2017

Suggested Activities and Events/ Actividades sugeridas y eventos

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PH: bagsgroove

Chinese New Year Celebrations: On the 4th and 5th of February, Chinese New Year celebrations will take place in chinatown to welcome the year of the fire rooster! Juramento and Arribeños, Belgrano

Año Nuevo Chino: El  4 y el 5 de febrero se festeja el Año Nuevo  en el Barrio Chino para darle la bienvenida al año del gallo de fuego! Juramento and Arribeños, Belgrano

Carnaval: Carnaval celebrations will be taking place on the 27th and 28th of february. Throughout the whole month you can enjoy Carnaval parades and street dances throughout the whole city.

Carnaval: Los festejos de carnaval se llevarán a cabo el 27 y el 28 de febrero. Durante todo el mes se podrán disfrutar corsos y murgas en los distintos barrios de la ciudad. 

Art/ Arte

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PH: Chema Madoz

MALBA: The MALBA museum is featuring the works of Carlos Motta and Alicia Penalba and  an exhibit of Brazilian art from the Fadel collection. Also, its permanent collection has a new postcolonial focus and is titled “Verboamérica” . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

MALBA: El MALBA continúa exhibiendo la obra de Carlos Motta y Alicia Penalba una muestra de arte brasileño de la colección Fadel. Además, el museo propone un nuevo concepto curatorial con un enfoque poscolonial de su colección permanente bajo el título “Verboamérica” . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

Fundación PROA: is showcasing “Entre Nos.”, an exhibit about La Boca neighborhood, and they also have “Chicks on Comics” on display.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Fundación PROA: Entre Nos. es el nombre de la muestra actual del PROA, y retrata el barrio de La Boca. También hay una exhibición de historietas llamada “Chicks on comics”. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

MNBA: The Buenos Aires fine arts museums commemorates its 120 years with a special exhibition for the occasion. It is also showcasing the works of Ernesto de la Cárcova Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MNBA: El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes conmemora sus 120 años en diciembre con una muestra especial para la ocasión. Además, tiene en exhibición la obra de Ernesto de la Cárcova. Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MAMBA:  The Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires is showcasing a selection of drawings by Picasso, a collection of works by Antonio Berni, and a showcase of the works of Tracey Rose and Hernán Soriano. Av. San Juan, San Telmo.

MAMBA: El Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires está exhibiendo una colección de dibujos de Picasso, una colección de Antonio Berni y una muestra de la obra de Tracey Rose y de Hernán Soriano. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.

The Centro Cultural Borges is displaying a collection of Steve McCurry photographs.Viamonte and San Martín, downtown.

El Centro Cultural Borges tiene en exhibición una colección de fotografías de Steve McCurry. Viamonte y San Martín, microcentro.

FOLA: The Latin American photography library is displaying a showcase of the works of Spanish photographer Chema Madoz. Godoy Cruz 2620, Palermo

FOLA: La Fototeca Latinoamericana está mostrando la obra del fotógrafo español Chema Madoz. Godoy Cruz 2620, Palermo

Buenos Aires Agenda: February/Febrero 2016

EVENTS/ EVENTOS

Carnaval: From the 6th to the 9th of February Carnaval festivities take place throughout the country. In Buenos Aires, throughout the month, you can catch a typical murga, a drum dance that takes place on the streets of different neighborhoods (find the full schedule of 2016 murgas here). You can also head to La Bomba del Tiempo carnaval party at midnight on the 8th of February (tickets here).

Carnaval: Del 6 al 9 de febrero se festeja carnaval en todo el país. En las calles de Buenos Aires, a lo largo del mes se llevarán a cabo danzas percusivas llamadas Murgas (aquí el programa completo de murgas del 2016). La Bomba del Tiempo también organiza una fiesta de carnaval a la medianoche del 8 de febrero (entradas aquí). 

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(Photo by Dan Masa)

Valentine’s Day: Another February event is the day destined for lovers, on the 14th. Make sure to book restaurants in advance. Check out UCO’s great Valentine’s Day menu which will be served at Fierro Hotel here.

Día de San Valentín: El 14 de febrero se festeja el Día de San Valentín o Día de los Enamorados. Es importante reservar en restaurantes con anticipación. UCO Restaurant ofrece un menú especial de San Valentín en Fierro Hotel.

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(Photo by Daniel Greene)

Colón Theatre Summer Festival: The Colón Theatre will be holding its first summer festival with some free outdoor concerts and also, a special opera production of Prima Donna by Rufus Wainwright with the collaboration of Cindy Sherman. Find the full program here.

Festival de verano del Teatro Colón: El Teatro Colón ofrece su primer festival de verano con algunos conciertos gratuitos al aire libre, y también con Prima Donna,una opera especial en la que colaboran Rufus Wainwright y Cindy Sherman. El programa se puede encontrar aquí

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(Photo by Pedro Paulo Palazzo)

ART EXHIBITS/ MUESTRAS DE ARTE

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(Photo by Dean Hochman)

MALBA

La Era Metabólica- Video art. Until the 8th of February.

Francis Alÿs- A Story of Negotiation. Until the 15th of February.

La Era Metabólica- Video arte. Hasta el 8 de febrero.

Francis Alÿs- Historia de una negociación. Hasta el 15 de febrero.

MAMBA

Marta Minujín- La Menesunda. Until de 28th of February when the museum closes for maintenance for two weeks.

Marta Minujín- La Menesunda.  La muestra permanece abierta al público hasta el 28 de febrero ya que luego, el museo cierra para realizar tareas de mantenimiento hasta mediados de marzo.

MNBA

Roberto Plate retrospective- Buenos Aires-Paris- Buenos Aires

Roberto Plate retrospectiva- Buenos Aires-Paris- Buenos Aires

Fundación PROA

Jeremy Deller- The infinately variable ideal of the popular

Maximiliano Bellman/ Cristian Espinoza/ Cristian Martínez- The invention of freedom

Forensic Architecture- Forensis

Jeremy Deller- El ideal infinitamente variable de lo popular.

Maximiliano Bellman/ Cristian Espinoza/ Cristian Martínez- La invención de la libertad

Forensic Architecture- Forensis

CONCERTS /RECITALES

The Rolling Stones will be staging a live show at the Estadio Único de La Plata on the 7th, 10th and 13th of February. Tickets here.

Los Rolling Stones se presentan en vivo en el Estadio Único de La Plata el 7, 10 y 13 de febrero. Entradas aquí. 

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(Photo by aka Francois aka Mister Pink)

Manu Chao will be playing a live concert in the coast of Buenos Aires at the Polideportivo Municipal de Mar del Plata. Tickets here.

Manu Chao se presenta en vivo en la costa de Buenos Aires en el Polideportivo Municipal de Mar del Plata. Entradas aquí

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(Photo by Dave Lichterman)

This Week: 23rd Feb- 1st March 2015

Monday

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(A  Midsummer Night’s Dream, Photo Cesar Ojeda)

The Shakespeare Festival is taking place until the 28th of February featuring plays, films, Shakespeare walks and bike rides. More information here.

Later on, stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday

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Take a City Sailing tour and get to know Buenos Aires from atop a sail boat! More information here.

Tuesday evenings at BASA bar include great drinks and music by renowned local DJ Nico Cota from 9.30pm onwards. Basavilbaso 1328, downtown.

Wednesday

Stop by the Museo de Arte Moderno in San Telmo where a must-see exhibition of Leon Ferrari’s works is being showcased. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.

In the evening, head to Boris Club de Jazz and catch a live concert by Barbarita Palacios and Paloma del Cerro starting at 9.30pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Thursday

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(Photo by José María Perez Nuñez)

One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

In the evening, stop by La Catedral for a tango lesson. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Friday

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(Photo by Rick Powell)

Take one of graffitimundo’s North City Tours and check out the Buenos Aires street art scene in the Colegiales and Palermo neighborhoods. More information here.

At 8pm and at 9.30pm, the Planetarium will be hosting live music concerts featuring covers of The Beatles with full dome projections of the diamond filled sky. Av. Sarmiento, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad)

Book your place at Fierro´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well!

Last chance to experience Carnaval festivities on Saturday. Stop by Darwin between Gorriti and Cabrera in Palermo between 7pm and 2am and experience the fun!

Juana Molina will be staging a live show at Centro Cultural Konex starting at 8pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

The Sivory Museum, next to the  Palermo Rosedal offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Buenos Aires Carnival 2013

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

Carnival is celebrated throughout many South American cities and towns during the month of February and with it come the sound of drums to the Buenos Aires streets. For 2013, in Argentina, Carnival weekend officially takes place from the 9th-12th of February and the 11th and 12th are national holidays.

In Buenos Aires different neighborhood murgas come out to parade the streets with drums and colorful costumes, meanwhile events are also being planned at the Parque Centenario. Below is a list of some of the parades and activities to look out for.

Murgas/Parades

Parades will take place on Saturdays 11th and 18th from 7pm to 2 am as well as throughout carnival weekend from 7pm to midnight.  Some of the centric locations near the hotel where there will be drumming and dancing are:

Almagro: Av. Corrientes between Av. Medrano and Bulnes

Colegiales: Av. Federico Lacroze between Gral. Ramón Freire and Martínez

Colegiales 2: Benjamín Matienzo between Conesa and Gral. Ramón Freire

Colegiales 3: Av. Federico Lacroze between Gral. Ramón Freire and Conesa

Palermo: Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti

San Telmo: Av. San Juan between Tacuarí and Perú

Villa Crespo: Av. Scalabrini Ortiz between Av. Corrientes and Velasco

Other Festivities

At the Anfiteatro Eva Perón in Parque Centenario, the city government is organizing live Carnival related shows on Fridays throughout February.

At the Centro Cultural Rojas there will be thematic film screenings about carnival from the 18th to the 22nd of February at 7pm and a live Carnival show on the 22nd of February at 9pm by Los Linyeras de la República Popular de la Boca.

February in Buenos Aires

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As the year progresses the city picks up its rhythm with the return of many a porteño vacationer, an array of cultural activities and carnival! Below is the list of events to start planning for!

Carnival 2013: Expect loud drums and colorful costumes around different city neighborhoods as the murgas hit the streets on the 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12th of February. Also, on Fridays the 11th, 18th and 25th of February and on the 4th of March there will be carnival festivities in Parque Centenario.

Davies Tennis Cup: 1st-3rd of February- Sports fans should hurry to get tickets for one of the city’s most awaited tennis tournaments of the year. Tickets here.

Shakespeare Festival: 8th-16th of February- The city gets medieval with this festival that celebrates one of the most renowned playwrights in history. Theatre is of course one of the highlights but the festival also includes live music, the recreation of a medieval village, film screenings and a special bicycle adventure. More information here.

Ultra Electronic Music Festival: 19th & 23rd of February- The famous international electronic music festival brings its beats to Buenos Aires with a lineup including AVICII, Dash Berlin, Armin Van Buuren and Carl Cox. Tickets here.

In Mendoza:

February 24 to March 1, 2013- Crossing of the Andes- Mendoza. La Morada de Los Andes in Valle del Uco is organizing a once in a lifetime experience that combines adventure, culinary bliss and more at their annual crossing of the Andes by horseback tour. More information here.

Live music:

Jamiroquai: 15th of February. Starting at 10 pm this British artist will be making an enthusiastic Argie audience dance the night away at Club Ferro. Tickets here.

Fatboy Slim: 16th of February. The renowned international DJ will be playing a special set at Pacha, Buenos Aires’s electronic mecca. Tickets here.

Andrew Bird:  26th of February. The renowned multi-instrumentalist indie artist, who was once a part of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, will be staging a live show starting at 9pm and the trendy Palermo Club Niceto.  Tickets here.

Exhibits:

Harún Farocki at the Fundación Proa. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929. 4104-1000.  

Traditional Argentine Figurative Art at the Museo Benito Quinquela Martín. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1843, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Papeles Modernos- from Toulouse-Lautrec to Picasso.  Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 

Tracey Emin/ Oscar Muñoz- MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6511

Contraluz- Juan Gatti- Sivory MuseumAv. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4772-5628.

Margarita Paksa/ Massimo Listri/ Italian video art 2004-2012/ Lux Linder/Alejandro Somaschini/ Site Specific, Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel-  MAMBA. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

Buenos Aires Nightlife on Carnival Weekend

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Friday 17th

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Sandino Bar will be hosting a Back to the 80´s party starting at 11.30pm. Bolivar 624, San Telmo.

Babel Orkesta- This original group merges sounds from different cultures and forms a lively identity of its own. Their colorful and playful aesthetic is perfect to start getting into the Carnival mood. Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200 – 12.30pm

Saturday 18th

La Boca Milonga at Vuelta de Rocha- starting at 6pm a special milonga featuring Adriana Varela, Max Van de Voorde and Solange Acosta will be held at the Vuelta de Rocha in La Boca.

Babel Orkesta– This original group merges sounds from different cultures and forms a lively identity of its own. Their colorful and playful aesthetic is perfect to start getting into the Carnival mood. Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200 – 12.30pm

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Sunday 19th

La Bomba del Tiempo- This percussion orchestra has gained quite a reputation for their upbeat shows full of rhythm. They will be staging a show at 7pm in the Anfiteatro Parque de la Costa, Tigre.

Fiesta Bubamara- These parties have become famous in Buenos Aires. Balkan music and lots of upbeat dancing are on the carnival weekend menu starting at midnight! Groove, Av. Sta Fe 4389, Palermo.

 Grito de Carnival en Buenos Aires- Those looking for serious Brazilian dancing are sure to find what they’re looking for at the Carnival party that will be held in Sala Siranush starting 11pm. Armenia 1353, Palermo. 4775-2678.

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Monday 20th

La Bomba del Tiempo- This percussion orchestra has gained quite a reputation for their upbeat shows full of rhythm. They will be playing at Ciudad Cultural Konex 7pm and then continuing the party late into the night. . Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200.

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Fiesta Clandestina Especial Carnaval- This carnival foam party will guarantee a whole lot of fun with available costumes and surprise live acts. The party starts at 11pm at Groove. Av. Santa Fe 4389, Palermo.

Fiesta de Carnaval Mistico– Carnival festivities will also be taking center stage at Niceto Club starting at 11.45pm. Humboldt 1356 – Palermo.

Tuesday

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Carnival Festivities in Argentina

(Photo by Paula Silva)

Brazil is the first destination that comes to mind when Carnival season arrives, however colorful festivities take place in most South American countries. Since carnival weekend is coming up we share with you some of the most effervescent alternatives in Argentina.

Gualeguaychu, Entre Rios: The Gualeguaychu Carnaval festival, in the province of Entre Rios to the North of Buenos Aires, is the most popular in Argentina. It is similar to the Brazilian Carnival and also includes a spectacular parade with choreographies, and fancy costumes.

Corrientes:  In the Corrientes province, which limits both with Entre Rios and Brazil, the carnival is also celebrated with big productions and a lot of street dancing. Some of the best places to go for the Corrientes festivities are Paso de los Libres (where there is a bridge connecting to Brazil), Goya, Santo Tomé, Esquina, Monte Caseros, Curuzú Cuatiá and Empedrado.

Salta: The Salta carnival is a showy display of dancing and feathers but also of  indigenous traditions related to harvest rituals. Water is one of the protagonists of the Salta festivities as it represents purification. It is not uncommon to end up soaking wet from unexpected water filled balloons and buckets. In the Calchaquí Valley, after the water games and street festivities, “carnavaleros” gather in someone’s house to have abundant lunches. In the evening dancing takes place at parties where flour and confetti is thrown. Finally, the carnival is buried on a Sunday. A hole is dug in the ground and the pullcay, a doll that symbolizes carnival, is buried whilst people sing, dance and cry.

Jujuy: The Jujuy and the Bolivian carnival have a lot in common. In the Quebrada de Humahuaca there is a predominant representation of demons that animate the festival. Costumes including masks with horns are accessorized with necklaces made of fruits, onions,  and goat cheese, amongst other edibles. These demons also carry traditional instruments and go around the city enticing the public to dance and participate. Finally the carnaval is buried in the afternoon on the outskirts of the village. Since they only like participation from those who are culturally linked with the celebration it is difficult to learn where the burial will occur. At the burial they dance and reverence the symbolic devil, surrounded by offerings of fruits, coca leaves, and chicha. Once the burial is finished those dressed up as demons quickly change back into their clothes.

In other Argentine provinces there are also Carnival festivities, but not to the same degree of those previously mentioned. In Buenos Aires it is common to run into murgas, learn more about them here.