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Buenos Aires’ 10 Unmissable Events and Festivals in Winter 2014

Buenos Aires’ 10 Unmissable Events and Festivals in Winter 2014

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital Buenos Aires has long been a magnet for cutting-edge artists and talented performers, who contribute to the global standing of the city’s thriving cultural scene. From glamorous fashion shows to immersive theatre, this winter the city offers an eclectic spectrum of exciting events that will appeal to many tastes and interests.

Theatre | Fuerza Bruta

Until 29 June

When a group of energetic Argentine artists put together Fuerza Bruta in 2005, they took immersive theatre by storm, catapulting spectators into an hour-long sensory whirlwind during which performers break through walls and swim in pools suspended in the sky. The spectacular visual impact has brought the show worldwide fame and now, after several sold-out international tours, it returns to where it all started, in Buenos Aires, to perform at the cultural centre of the chicest neighbourhood, Recoleta. It’s an unmissable treat if you can get your hands on one of the fast-selling tickets.

Centro Cultural Recoleta, Junín 1930, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4803 1040

Art | Le Parc Lumière

Until 6 October

Along with its impressive permanent collections, Buenos Aires’ Museum of Latina American Art (Malba) is known for its consistent stream of exciting temporary exhibitions that shed light on diverse aspects of Latin America’s art scene. This winter, Malba’s hosts an exhibition entitled Le Parc Lumière dedicated to the visionary Argentine artist Julio le Parc, an influential figure in contemporary art who became a principal driving force behind the op art movement. The display consists of 16 of Le Parc’s installations that draw attention to the interplay between movement and light that characterises many of his creations.

Malba, Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, tel: +54 (11) 4808 6500

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Art | Quino Retrospective

Until 31 October

The Museo del Humor pays homage to Argentina’s revered cartoonist Joaquin Lavado – best known by his pen name Quino – to celebrate 50 years since the publication of his most famous creation Mafalda, a comic strip based around a six-year-old girl that was first revealed in the 1960s and remains popular today. The exhibition Quino por Mafalda includes cartoons, the original publications, vintage magazine and photographs through which it will explore themes such as world peace, politics and power, which inspired the cartoonist over the last five decades. There will also be screenings of animated shorts based on Quino’s drawings.

Museo del Humor, Avenida de los Italianos 851, Buenos Aires, Argentina, tel: +54 11 4516-0944

Music | Idomeneo at Teatro Colón

5-15 July

Right in the heart of Buenos Aires’ booming theatre zone, the opulent opera house Theatre Colón is the city’s most prestigious performing arts venue. A grand seven-story historic monument that presides over an entire city square and has a capacity of up to 3000 spectators, it offers one of the most refined ways to spend an evening in the city. A chance arises to admire the lavish interiors and soak up the superb acoustics when the venue stages Mozart’s early operatic masterpiece Idomeneo under the direction of one of Argentina’s most renowned directors, Jorge Lavelli.

Theatre Colón, Cerrito 628, Buenos Aires, Argentina, tel: +54 11 4378 7100

Culture | La Exposición Rural

17-27 July

First begun in 1887, the lively agricultural fair La Rural takes place annually in the exclusive Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires and reveals unique insight into Argentine age-old pastoral traditional and customs. Popular with both porteños (the name given to the city’s residents) and visitors alike, the livestock-orientated show has grow to encompass entertainment of all shapes and sizes; gaucho shows in traditional costumes, polo competitions, live folk music and the opportunity to browse the 400-odd stands selling all sorts of artisan crafts, authentic leatherwear and delicious regional produce.

La Rural Exhibition Center. Avenida Sarmiento 2704, Buenos Aires, Argentina, tel: + 54 11 4777 5500

Design | Buenos Aires Fashion Week

12 – 15 August

Put on your glad-rags for the arrival of Argentina’s biannual fashion festival BAFWEEK, when the latest trends and styles are strutted down the catwalk. Over the course of four days, both up-and-coming independent designers and big names on the Argentinian fashion scene showcase their spring/summer collections with daily fashion shows and exhibitions playing out to 13,000-strong audiences. With an eclectic range of daring patterns and experimental styles, the event demonstrates the creative spirit alive in the Argentinian capital.

La Rural Exhibition Centre, Juncal 4431, Buenos Aires, Argentina, tel: +54 11 47775500

Music | World Tango Festival

13 – 26 August

During this nine-day extravaganza celebrating Argentina’s passionate national music genre, the whole city erupts into a fanfare of tango-related festivities with an estimated 500,000 festival-goers taking part in concerts, shows, recitals, film screenings, exhibitions and open-air milongas (the name given to a typical tango class) staged across the city and involving more than 2,000 performers and musicians. With many of the events of the World Tango Festival free to participate in, the event offers a wonderful opportunity to learn the artful dance from Argentina’s most talented tangueros.

Event takes place in various locations across Buenos Aires

Art | Festival de la Luz

1 – 15 August

Set up in Argentina half a decade ago, the biennial Festival de la Luz has earned the reputation of being a leading promoter of Argentina’s photography in all its forms. As part of an international collaboration with 20 other photography festivals, the nationwide event consists of a varied programme of free of charge activities comprising exhibitions, lectures, workshops, projections and video art. In Buenos Aires, events take place across the city’s cultural centres and galleries, making the whole city a photography-lover’s paradise for the two-week stint.

Event takes place in various locations across Buenos Aires

Food | Vinos & Bodegas

17 – 19 September

Wine aficionados shouldn’t miss the three-day fair Vinos & Bodegas, where hundreds of Argentinian producers gather at La Rural exhibition centre to show off their best vintages. Sauntering around the lanes of stands will offer the chance to swill some of the country’s finest grape varieties gathered from across the country, from smoky Malbec to sweet Torrentes. Expert seminars, chef demonstrations and specialist wine tasting sessions add extra allure for those keen on learning more about the country’s viticulture.

La Rural Exhibition Centre, Juncal 4431, Buenos Aires, tel: +54 11 47775500

Film | Bafici Animado


Seventh art aficionados may well be aware of the city’s international independent film festival Bafici, which takes place each April. Its great popularity has led organisers to create the sister event Bafici Animado, dedicated solely to animated film. Taking place over five days at the San Martín cultural centre, as well as other screening rooms, the festival offers a rich medley of both feature films and shorts gathered from across the world and covering a multitude of genres, from the light-hearted to the more sophisticated animation. Film buffs will also have the chance to meet directors and take part in workshops.

Event takes place in various locations across Buenos Aires

By Zoe McIntyre