Easter Weekend in Buenos Aires

(Photo by antitezo)

Thursday

At 1pm and at 3pm there will be two Polo matches at the Catedral de Polo in Palermo. The entry is free. Av. Libertador 4350, Palermo

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin, amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

A special tour of seven historic churches of the city will be held as part of the Easter weekend starting at 5pm at the Basilica Nuestra Señora de la Merced at the corner of Reconquista and Presidente Peron, downtown.

Fierro Hotel hosts it´s Thursday wine tasting where you can 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.

At 10pm Fritz Lang’s Metropolis will be screened with a live orchestra at the MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Sign up for the Easter Egg Hunt Pub Crawl and get to know the one and only Easter bunny, plus hunt for eggs in different bars and trade them for free drinks! More information here.

Friday

A Japanese tea ceremony will be demonstrated at 4pm at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin, amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

The Jewish community will be celebrating the first night of Pesach at the historic Templo de Libertad where Passover celebrations will kick off at 7.30pm. Libertad 769.  4814-3637.

The Buenos Aires Via Crucis is held every year on Good Friday at Avenida de Mayo where a procession, including a choir and a multitude of lit candles,  will be transiting the historic avenue starting 8.30pm and finishing at 10pm at the Buenos Aires Cathedral.

Bjork will be playing the first of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency  will be presented 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.

The 2012 Ultra Music Festival Buenos Aires will be taking place in Costanera Sur with a big DJ line-up including Justice, John Digweed, and Chris Liebing amongst others.  Tickets here.

Saturday

At 1pm and at 3pm there will be two Polo matches at the Catedral de Polo in Palermo. The entry is free. Av. Libertador 4350, Palermo

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin, amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

The Jewish community will be celebrating Seder at the Gran Templo Paso, a synagogue on Paso 423, Downtown. 4951-2306/5329. info@grantemplopaso.org.ar

The Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro will be playing a lively tango show at CAFF in Abasto starting at 11.30pm. Sanchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto.

The Colón Theatre will be presenting the ballet Carmen. Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik, Colón orchestra director. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot.

Sunday

If you would like to attend Catholic Easter mass in English you can go to the Parroquia Madre Admirable near Retiro at 10am. Otherwise, the Christian United Community Church in Acassuso, in the suburbs of the city, offers services in English.

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin, amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

La Oreja Negra in Palermo will be hosting a folklore and tango peña starting at 8pm. Uriarte 1271, Palermo.

The Colón Theatre will be presenting the ballet Carmen. Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik, Colón orchestra director. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot.

Religious BA

(Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral at the begining of the XX century- photo courtesy of la hipatia)

The influx of cultures brought upon Buenos Aires by the strong migratory currents colored the city with a variety of religious practices and places of worship.  At each of the churches and temples, communities of immigrants gathered to celebrate their beliefs in their own languages and songs,  before altars built in the architectural style of each tradition. Religion was not only a place to worship God, but also, a place of congregation and belonging.

Now a days, as the descendants of the immigrants become distanced from their ancestral customs, many of the services are in Spanish. Nevertheless the style and cultural tradition is maintained, making for interesting places to visit and understand the history and multicultural background of the city.

Some temples worth visiting are:

Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral

This historic landmark was founded in 1580 as the first Catholic church of Buenos Aires. After undergoing various transformations due to the effects of time and the quality of building materials, it stands today overlooking Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada with a mix of architectural styles combining a Neo-Classic facade and Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque decoration. It is also where San Martin’s remains lie in a mausoleum guarded by statues that represent Argentina, Peru and Chile, the countries the General liberated.

Open Mon-Fri- 7am-7pm,  Sat-Sun – 9 am- 7.30pm

Iglesia de San Ignacio

Close to the Cathedral is the San Ignacio church built in 1675 by the Jesuits. It is one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires and is part of the Manzana de las Luces, a network of mysterious underground tunnels and buildings built in the XVII-XVIII centuries.

Tours in English of the tunnels and church are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons with prior booking.  Tours in Spanish are available daily.

The church is also open to the public every day from  9am-8pm

Calle Bolivar Nº 225, Monserrat

4331-2458

Templo Libertad

The story tells that on one Yom Kippur in 1861, two Jewish men gathered at the Recoleta park to read their book of prayers and decided to summon a permanent minyán, that is a group of minimum ten Jewish men who together could ensure that God would hear their prayers.  A year later the group was formed and they joined to celebrate Pesaj. This was to be the first version of the National Israeli Congregation.

In 1837 the founding rock was placed and following with a mix of Roman and Byzantine architectural styles, the first synagogue of the city finally found its place.

Now a days it can be visited as part of the  tours offered by the Jewish Museum (which is right next door)  from Tuesday to Thursday 3pm-6pm and Fridays 3pm-5pm.

*Due to religious festivities the Museum will remain closed on the 13th-14th-20th and 21st of October.

Libertad 769, Downtown

4123-0832

Russian Orthodox Church

This ornate church with eye-catching cupolas in XVIIth century Russian style,  stands in San Telmo in front of Parque Lezama and the Historic National Museum.

Its structure includes five blue cupolas with golden stars crowned by orthodox crosses, which are fastened with chains that face east. Inside are two murals and elaborate symbolic icons amongst which the holy trinity stands out.

Open Saturdays  5pm-8pm and Sundays 10am-midday. The church also opens occasionally on weekdays. This week it will be open on Thursday from 9am-11am.

Brasil 315 – San Telmo

4361-427

Danish Lutheran Church

Also in San Telmo is the Danish Lutheran Church, which was founded as an institution in 1924, and the neo-gothic style Temple in 1931. The congregation found a common cultural place in the Danish Church where to this day many Danish traditions are still celebrated. Additionally they have a library with extensive Scandinavian literature.

The city also offers religious tours that take you to different temples on the first and third Friday of every month starting at 10AM. Book your place at cultos@buenosaires.gob.ar or visitasguiadasdgcul@yahoo.com.ar, or by phone: 4323-9410 / 4323-8000 int. 2855/2797