FILBA: BA’s International Lit Fest


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Heads up readers, Buenos Aires is wrapping up September with a bookworm compost fest that starts on Wednesday 27th of September and lasts all the way up till Sunday. It’s the city’s annual FILBA international literature festival, and this year the alphabet is getting more swing than ever.

Interspersed between the usual black rimmed debates there are a couple of sparkly speckled surprises including performances, live music, a silent reading party and more.

One of the many changes of the Festival this year is the location, a clear symptom that the literature scene in the city has grown and will continue to do so. Events will be taking place at the MALBA, the National Library, the Margarita Xirgu Theatre and the Casa Victoria OCampo. The topic of this edition is violence.

Some suggestions include:

MALBA: Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo

27/09: Dance performance at 8pm.

28/09: Interview with Juan Echenoz.

29/09: Theatre performance based on a dialogue between John Gerassi and Simone De Beauvoir.

Also, on Thursday and Friday at 7pm, you can tour the museum’s Diane Arbus photography exhibit while listening to a reading of related literary texts.

National Library: Agüero 2502, Recoleta

On Saturday and Sunday most events will take place in the National Library. From 4pm onwards there will also be a book fair, and on Saturday, a literary performance between 4 and 6pm (sign up here:  and bring along a book to donate), drinks and a poetry reading at 7.30pm, and a feminist poetry party at 9pm.  On Sunday, wind down at the Silent Reading Party at 4pm, and then head to the 5.30pm screening of four authors’ favourite violent film scenes.

Margarita Xirgu Theatre: Chacabuco 875, San Telmo

Julieta Venegas and Martín Buscaglia will play together at a live concert that will take place on Friday at 9.30pm. To get tickets, stop by the theatre on any of the festival days between 4pm and 8pm  and donate a book.

Casa Victoria O’Campo: Rufino de Elizalde 2831, Palermo

The rationalist house of emblematic local literary figure Victoria O’Campo will be hosting a special photography exhibit as part of the festival.

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2013

(Photo by Dani Alvarez Cañellas)

The Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival kicks off today at 8.30pm in La Boca with a live performance by the renowned Dutch ICP Orchestra. The festival, which will take place until the 25th of November, has become one of the annual favorites in the city, which is not surprising given the vibrant local musicality.

This year, the event features a rich program of both local and international artists including  Jonathan Kreissberg, Darmon Meader, Banda Mantiquiera, amongst others. Also, the festival’s special “Cruces” feature brings together local and international artists to collaborate on the same stage . These concerts will be taking place at Thelonius Club de Jazz and Café Vinilo. La Trastienda, in San Telmo, will be the place to go to for jamming and discovering upcoming artists who will be presenting their new records. Finally, free concerts will be taking place every day at the Centro Cultural Recoleta (which is right next to the Recoleta Cemetery) and at the Parque Centenario. The Centro Cultural Recoleta will also be screening films about jazz..

The full program is available here.  Tickets to International and Cruces concerts must be purchased in advance.

Weekend Spotlight: Tango Festival

(Photo by femuruy)

Visiting Buenos Aires and attending some sort of tango event is a must, and this weekend there is plenty of opportunity to learn a step or two, listen to nostalgic performers and watch the sinuous moves of graceful dancers at the third edition of the annual Tango Festival.

The event will take place from the 19th to the 21st of April in Nuñez and has plenty of fun activities in store for you.

On Friday, the music begins at 6pm with a tango lesson and an opportunity for musicians to show off their skills. At 7pm there will be a screening of a documentary about a new generation of tango enthusiasts and professionals and afterwards, at 8.30pm, there will be a live tango orchestra. The night will end with a performance by dancers Soledad Nani and Yuyu Herrera at 9.30pm, followed by a milonga orchestra at 10pm.

Saturday’s program will place an emphasis on women in tango and will feature shows by Marisa Vazquez at 4.45pm, by Silvina Orozco at 5.30pm, Anita Co at 6.15pm, Gabriela Rey with José Colángelo at 7pm, Claudia Levy at 7.45pm, Stella Diaz and the Señoritas del Abasto orchestra at 8.30pm, and Susana Rinaldi at 9.30pm. There will also be a tango class at 5pm.

On Sunday, the festival will be centered on the independent tango scene. It will kick off at 4pm with La Valentina y el Burlesque Tango and Claudio Cerna, which will be followed by Quintento Negro de la Boca at 4.45pm, Che Lulu at 5.30pm, Tango en Compañía at 6.15pm, Festival independiente de Barracas at 7pm, Festival Tango Queer at 7.45pm, Orquesta Típica La Vidú at 8.30pm, Cucuza Castiello at 9.15pm, and finally, to close the festival, the renowned José Colángelo at 10pm.

The festival is free of charge and will take place at  Av. Libertador 8465, Nuñez.

This Week in Buenos Aires


(Photo by jontyjago)

If you´re planning to visit the city center to see the Obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colón Theatre, head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba first.  Originally built as a disguise for a water tower meant to provide clean drinking water to the people after the 1877 outbreak of yellow fever, the stunning palace now works as Aguas Argentinas’s headquarters (the local water company) and also as a museum. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso. 6319-1104.

Popular British Indie band The Kooks will be presenting their new record “Junk of the Heart” at the Luna Park.  Tickets here.



(Photo by Pickersgill Reef)

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.

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



(Photo by Paco CT)

The international circus festival, Polo Circo will be taking place until the 14th of May, and is a great opportunity to check out some of the most talented acrobats and circus shows around the world! Find the full program here.

Don’t miss Mora Godoy: Chantecler Tango, a tango musical directed by the British Stephen Rayne, that is being staged at the Teatro Alvear from Wednesday’s-Sunday’s. Avda. Corrientes 1659, Downtown. 4373-4245.



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The Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta is hosting a special exhibit on renowned Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik. The museum is open from 1pm-7pm. Juramento 2291, Belgrano.

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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The city’s most important art fair Arte BA kicks off on Friday providing for a great opportunity for art enthusiasts and collectors to see the latest Argentine art on the market.  Open from 1pm-9pm. More information here.

In the evening, don’t miss the Tango Championship where the country’s best dancers will show the best of their abilities.  Find the full program here. 


Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Dominic Meissner)

On Saturday, starting at 2pm TedxJovenes@RiodeLaPlata will be showcasing inspiring proposals, artwork and music by Argentine youth from 16-21 years of age at Ciudad Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential American contemporary art by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland, and Paul Mc Carthy. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

On Sunday at 11am the Colón Theatre will be presenting a tribute to George Enescu free of charge. Tickets must be picked up at the city in advance. Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100

On Sunday between2pm-4pm there will be a special origami demonstration at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av.Casares.

Buenos Aires Photo

(Como un secreto se seduce a si mismo by Luis Gonzalez Palma. Photo from texas_Ivn_2000)

The Palais de Glace  in Recoleta will be hosting the annual Buenos Aires Photo festival this weekend. The fair, which is the only one of its kind in Latin America will be showcasing collections from over thirty galleries from Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Cuba, Venezuela, Spain, Chile, United States and Canad. The event will take place from the  27th-30th of October from 1pm-9pm and will cost a 30 peso entry fee.

This is a great opportunity to see Latin American photography and is  just a few blocks away from the must-see Recoleta Cemetery as well as from the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the MALBA.


Buenos Aires Photo

Palais de Glace

Posadas 1725, Recoleta

4804 1163