Buenos Aires Agenda: December/Diciembre (7-13)

Monday/Lunes

Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues)

(Francis Alÿs-Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues))

Check out the new MALBA exhibit of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s poetic-political artwork. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

El MALBA tiene en exhibición una muestra del trabajo político-poético del artista belga Francis Alÿs. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., la famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo se presenta, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

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The 8th of December is a national holiday in Argentina due to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. To join in on the local festivities, head to Tigre where there is annual party to celebrate. Those that wish to attend mass can do so at 6.30pm at the intersection of the streets Lavalle and Madero. Later, there will be a nautical procession, fireworks and live music by local artists. It is also the day in which Christmas trees are put up.

El 8 de diciembre es feriado nacional en Argentina ya que se celebra el Día de la Virgen. En el Tigre se llevarán a cabo diferentes eventos para quienes quieran participar de las festividades, incluyendo la misa a las 18.30hs. en Lavalle y Madero, una procesión náutica, fuegos artificiales y la presentación en vivo de músicos locales. También es el día en que se pone el árbol de Navidad.

Wednesday/Miércoles

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A sunny Wednesday is perfect for taking a Foto Ruta Tour where you can get to know the city from a different perspective!

In the evening, Morrisey will be staging a live show at the Teatro Ópera. Tickets here. 

Un miércoles de sol es ideal para hacer un tour fotográfico de Buenos Aires con Foto Ruta y ver la ciudad con otro enfoque.

A la noche, se presenta Morriesey en el Teatro Ópera. Entradas aquí.
Thursday/Jueves

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On Thursday political sentiments will be high as the new president will take office. The act will take place at the Pink House at 1.30pm.

A7pm, the MACBA art museum in San Telmo will be showing a special screening of The wings of desire by Wim Wenders.

In the evening, Morrisey will be staging a live show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

El sentimiento político estará en alza ya que asume su cargo el nuevo presidente de la nación. El evento se llevará a cabo en la Casa Rosada a las 13.30hs.

A las 19hs. el museo de arte MACBA realizará una proyección de Las alas del deseo de Wim Wenders.

A la noche, Morrisey se presenta en el Teatro Ópera. Entradas aquí.

Friday/Viernes

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If the weather forecast is right and it should rain from Friday through the weekend, check out our recommended rainy day activities in Buenos Aires.

The Colón Theatre’s last staging of Wagner’s Parcifal will be taking place at 8pm. Tickets here.

Si el pronóstico del tiempo acierta y llueve a partir del viernes y durante el fin de semana, hay una lista de actividades recomendadas para hacer en Buenos Aires cuando llueve aquí.

La última función de la ópera Parcifal de Wagner se lleva a cabo en el Teatro Colón a las 20hs. Entradas aquí.

Saturday and Sunday/Sábado y Domingo

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Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday afternoon, the last Gallery Day event of the year will be taking place in Palermo and Villa Crespo. Stop by to discover the local art scene and maybe to buy some Christmas gifts as well. 

On Saturday evening at 8.30pm, the Museo Larreta in Belgrano is staging a stunning Lorca inspired Flamenco show. Juramento 2291, Belgrano.

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado a la tarde se lleva a cabo el último Gallery Day del año en Palermo en Villa Crespo, una oportunidad tanto para descubrir el mercado de arte local, y también para comprar algún regalo de navidad.

El sábado a la noche a las 20.30hs., el Museo Larreta en Belgrano presenta un espectáculo impactante de flamenco inspirado en la obra de Federico García Lorca. Juramento 2291, Belgrano. 

 

Buenos Aires Carnival 2013

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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.

Christmas Weekend in Buenos Aires

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Saturday

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.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm, renowned ballet dancer Eleonora Cassano will dance for the last time at a free event at the Obelisco. She will be staging The Nutcracker. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes, San Nicolás.

PM Open air music- Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo form 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Those who want to start partying early on in the weekend stop by Pacha where DJ Barem will be from midnight onwards.  Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Downtown.

Sunday

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.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta. 

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Last minute shoppers will love Noche Shopping, the night in which all shopping malls remain open until 4am, offering discounts and perfect gift-picking opportunities!

Monday

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

The MALBA will be open on the 24th from  midday to 6pm. Don’t miss the Tracey Emin and Oscar Muñoz exhibits. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta.  

For a unique Christmas with tango included book your place at La Viruta after midnight milonga and Christmas dinner. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

If you haven’t yetm hurry and book your place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant’s amazing Christmas Dinner. Check out the mouth-watering menu here.  Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

Find all the Christmas Eve parties taking place around the city here.

Tuesday

Gipponi Restaurant will be serving their famous Christmas brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone! Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862.

The Tierra Santa religious theme park will be open on Sunday the 25th from 4pm-10pm and Santa will be there to hand out sweets for the children. Av. Rafael Obligado 5790, Downtown. 4784-9551

Don´t miss the Gran Danzon’s after Christmas party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

Stop by Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo and celebrate the music at the Latin Jam starting at 9pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

* Keep in mind that transport is complicated on Christmas Eve so call taxi companies at least a day in advance.

Long Weekend Activities in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Carlos Adampol)

Friday

Don´t miss the Patriot brunch at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant on the ground floor of Fierro Hotel.  Other special Argentine cuisine menus will be offered for the occasion at some of the best restaurants in the city. Find a full list here.

25 de Mayo festivities will be celebrated at the traditional Feria de Mataderos where there will be folkloric dances, gaucho games, typical food and traditional crafts.

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado for some live guitar folklore and tango music by the talented trio Gorosito/Cataldi/de la Vega starting at 10pm.

The famous percussion orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will be celebrating their 6th anniversary on Friday and Saturday night starting 12.30pm at Centro Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Breoghans Bar will be hosting a special 25 de Mayo party where there will be happy hour all night for those wearing light blue and white, traditional food and folklore music. Bolivar 860, San Telmo.

Saturday

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

On Saturday don’t miss the City Tango Dance Finals, which will be held in the afternoon at La Usina de las Ideas. Tickets must be picked up on Friday at Casa de la Cultura ( Av. De Mayo 575) from midday to 5pm.

On Saturday at 8.30pm Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major,  Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin’s twelve studios, Op. 25. at the Colón Theatre.

Blues harmonica legend Jerry Portnoy, who was part of the Muddy Waters Blues Band and now plays with Eric Clapton, will be presenting a live show at La Trastienda starting 11.30pm. Tickets here.

The famous percussion orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will be celebrating their 6th anniversary on Friday and Saturday night starting 12.30pm at Centro Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Sunday

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

Join the special Bicicleteada de Mayo on Sunday and pedal your way around the city center with an enthusiastic crowd. The  bike event kicks off at the obelisk on Av. 9 de Julio at 11am.

The city continues to celebrate its different collectivities and this Sunday Syria is on the spotlight. Head to Av. De Mayo and enjoy traditions and typical foods from this Middle Eastern culture.

Starting at 4pm the cumbia-tango fusion group Los Bandos will be playing at the Botanical Gardens in Palermo. Av. Santa Fe 3951, Palermo.

If you’re looking for you party quota for the day then don’t miss the ska and reggae by Dancing Mood at Niceto Club from 9pm onwards.  Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Carnival Festivities in Argentina

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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.

February in Buenos Aires

(Carnaval. Photo by _Juan Castro_)

During the month of February the city begins to repopulate as the beach season slows down. February is also the month of Valentines Day, which is not a typical local celebration but has become an increasingly popular  festivity with many options for happy couples.  Carnaval is also an important celebration in South America, and takes place from the 18th-21st of the month. In Buenos Aires, many neighborhood murgas (street musicians and dancers) form to celebrate it and it is not uncommon to come across them in neighborhoods such as Almagro, Villa Crespo and Palermo on weekends. Other options for the Carnaval weekend are to take short trips to the north of the country, or to Uruguay where the festivity has a more important role in the culture and thus bigger celebrations.

As it is still summer there are still plenty of free cultural activities until the 18th of February held in the local parks, including drive-in cinema at the rosedal, theatre, poetry and live music concerts.

During this month the city will also be receiving international artists Selena Gomez and Alpha Blondie, and hosting the Summer Blues Festival. More information here.