ATP Buenos Aires Argentina Open 2018


The ATP Buenos Aires tournament "Argentina Open 2018", will kick off with the Qualifying rounds on Saturday, February 10th and Sunday February 11th. 

The traditional tournament, that is part of the ATP World Tour, will receive some of the greatest world wide tennis players, including Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Pablo Carreño, among others, from February 12th to February 18th, 2018, at the courts of Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

This year for the first time the ATP Open will feature the "Argentina Open Legends". with the participation of Gastón Gaudio, Pico Mónaco, Mariano Zabaleta and Juan Ignacio Chela on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th. Visitors will have access to these matches with the same entrance ticket for the ATP Tournament. The players will be divided into two teams: the White Team with Pico Monaco and Mariano Zabaleta; and the Blue Team with Gastón Gaudio and Juan Ignacio Chela. On Monday they will play a one set doubles match, and on Tuesday two individual matches (super tiebreaks to 10 points), both days at 5.45 pm.

The list of participating players (and ATP ranking) this year includes:

Dominic Thiem - Autria - 5
Marin Cilic - Croatia - 6
Pablo Carreño Busta - Spain - 10
Albert Ramos - Spain - 23
Diego Schwartzman - Argentina - 26
Fabio Fognini - Italy - 27
Pablo Cuevas - Uruguay - 32
Fernando Verdasco - Spain - 35
Alexandr Dolgopolov - Ukraine - 36
Paolo Lorenzi - Italy - 43
Gael Monfils - France - 46
Aljaz Bedene - Slovenia - 49
Kyle Edmund - UK - 50
Leonardo Mayer - Argentina - 52
Jiri Vesely - Czech Republic - 62
Andreas Haider-Maurer - Austria - 63
Guido Pella - Argentina - 64
Horacio Zeballos - Argentina - 66
Federico Delbonis - Argentina - 68

Schedule of matches:

Qualification - Free entrance
Saturday 10: from 11 am
Sunday 11: from 11 am 

Monday 12 and Tuesday 13: 2.00 pm

Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16:
Day matches from 2:00 pm.
Evening matches: 6:45 pm.

Saturday 17:
Semifinals Doubles Not before 2:00 pm
Semifinals Singles: Not before 3:45 pm

Sunday 18:
Final Doubles: 12:00 pm
Final Singles: Not before 2:00 pm

Location: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. Olleros 1510.
Tickets: On sale though Ticketek or at the venue
More information: Argentina Open official website (in Spanish only).

Football Soccer in Buenos Aires - Calendar of matches January - May 2018


The fixture of football (soccer) matches in Buenos Aires for the first half of the year 2018 has been announced. It comprises the matches in the local 1st Division Tournaments, and the international tournaments "Copa Libertadores" and "Copa Sudamericana".

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January 2018
Wednesday 24: Independiente vs Rosario Central
Sunday 28: Huracan Vs River Plate
Sunday 28: Boca Juniors vs. Colón
Monday 29: Independiente Vs Estudiantes
Tuesday 30: Banfield vs Independiente

February 2018
Friday 2: Argentinos Juniors Vs Defensa Y Justicia
Saturday 3: River Plate Vs Olimpo
Sunday 4: San Lorenzo Vs Boca Juniors
Saturday 10: Independiente Vs San Lorenzo
Sunday 11: Lanus Vs River Plate
Sunday 11: Boca Juniors vs. Temperley
Monday 12: Huracan Vs Rosario Central
Friday 16: Racing Club Vs Lanus
Saturday 17: San Lorenzo Vs Newells Old Boys
Sunday 18: River Plate Vs Godoy Cruz
Wednesday 21: Lanus Vs Sporting Cristal - Copa Sudamericana
Friday 23: Huracan Vs Estudiantes
Saturday 24: Velez Sarfield Vs River Plate
Sunday 25: Independiente Vs Banfield
Sunday 25: Boca Juniors vs. San Martin de San Juan
Tuesday 27: Racing Club Vs Cruzeiro (Barzil) - Copa Libertadores de América

March 2018
Saturday 3: San Lorenzo vs Union
Sunday 4: River Plate Vs Chacarita
Monday 5: Argentinos Juniors Vs Boca Juniors
Saturday 10: Independiente Vs Argentinos Juniors
Sunday 11: Boca Juniors vs Tigre
Sunday 11: Huracan vs San Lorenzo
Wednesday 14: Estudiantes Lp Vs Real Garcilaso (Peru) - Copa Libertadores de América
Thursday 15: Independiente Vs Millonarios (Colombia) - Copa Libertadores de América
Saturday 17: San Lorenzo Vs Olimpo
Sunday 18: River Plate Vs Belgrano
Monday 19: Banfield Vs Union
Friday 30: Huracan Vs Banfield
Saturday 31: Independiente Vs Atlético Tucuman

April 2018
Sunday 1: Boca Juniors vs. Talleres
Sunday 1: Lanus vs San Lorenzo
Wednesday 4: Boca Juniors vs TBA - Copa Libertadores de América
Thursday 5: River Plate Vs TBA - Copa Libertadores de América
Friday 6: Argentinos Juniors Vs Union
Saturday 7: Boca Juniors vs Defensa y Justicia
Sunday 8: Racing Club Vs River Plate
Wednesday 11: San Lorenzo Vs Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) - Copa Sudamericana
Friday 13: Huracan Vs Argentinos Juniors
Saturday 14: Lanus vs Banfield
Sunday 15: Independiente Vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 15: River Plate Vs Rosario Central
Monday 16: Velez Sarsfield vs San Lorenzo
Wednesday 18: Independiente Vs Corinthians (Brazil) - Copa Libertadores de América
Thursday 19: Racing Club Vs TBA - Copa Libertadores de América
Saturday 21: San Lorenzo Vs Chacarita
Sunday 22: Boca Juniors vs. Newell's Old Boys
Monday 23: Independiente Vs Defensa Y Justicia
Thursday 26: River Plate Vs Emelec (Ecuador) - Copa Libertadores de América
Saturday 28: Huracan Vs Atlético Tucuman
Sunday 29: River Plate Vs Estudiantes

May 2018
Thursday 3: Racing Club Vs Universidad De Chile - Copa Libertadores de América
Friday 4: San Lorenzo Vs Belgrano
Saturday 5: Argentinos Juniors Vs Godoy Cruz
Sunday 6: Boca Juniors vs Union
Sunday 6: Independiente Vs Gimnasia
Saturday 12: Racing Club Vs Colon
Sunday 13: River Plate Vs San Lorenzo
Wednesday 23: River Plate Vs Flamengo (Brazil) - Copa Libertadores de América
Thursday 24: Estudiantes Lp Vs TBA - Copa Libertadores de América
Thursday 24: Independiente Vs Deportivo Lara (Venezuela) - Copa Libertadores de América

Schedule subject to change of dates and addition of new matches depending on the progress of the tournaments, please check regularly on this post online for updates.

Teatro Colon 2018 Season


The prestigious Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, one of the most important Opera Houses in the world, has announced its program for the 2018 Season, which starts on March 1st with one of the concerts by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra.

The 2018 season features, among its great performances, the outstanding presence of Daniel Barenboim, Ana Netrebko, Gustavo Dudamel, Juan Diego Florez, Bryan Terfel, Bruno Gelber, among many others.

The ballet program includes performances by Herman Cornejo and Daniil Simkin, first dancers of the ABT; Marianela Núñez, first dancer of the London Royal Ballet); Iñaki Urlezaga, and the return of Julio Bocca this time as revival choreographer.

The Festival Barenboim, in its fifth edition, conducted by the Argentine born Maestro Daniel Barenboim in front of the Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra, will feature 4 performances of the great Wagner's Opera Tristan und Isolde  and 5 symphony concerts with the Staatskapelle Orchestra at the auditorium of CCK.

The series of Great International Performers will consist of 5 concerts and recitals, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; the pianist Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak; the soprano Anna Netrebko; the bass baritone Bryn Terfel; and tenor Juan Diego Flórez. 

Among the Opera productions, one of the most important this year will be Aida, celebrating the 110th anniversary of the current Opera House that featured Aida as its inaugural Opera.


2018 SEASON PROGRAM

OPERA PERFORMANCES

March 13, 16, 18, 20
TREE SISTERS

May 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11
L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI

May 27, 29, 30, 31. June 2, 3, 5
AIDA


July 11, 14, 18, 22
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

August 31. September 2, 4, 7
PELLEAS AND MELISANDE

October 12, 13 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23
LA BOHEME

November 2, 4, 6, 9
THE SEASONS (DIE JAHARESZEITEN)

November 30. December 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
NORMA

December 13, 15, 16, 18
POWDER HER FACE


BALLET PERFORMANCES

April 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
THE CORSAIRE

June 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24
COPPELIA

August 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
THE MERRY WIDOW 

September 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25
ROMEO AND JULIET

December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
THE NUTCRACKER


CONCERTS

The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra (OFBA), directed by Maestro Enrique Arturo Diemecke, will offer a series of 18 concerts throughout the year, with the participation of outstanding soloists and guest conductors, such as: Bruno Gelber (piano), Yan Pascal Tortelier (director), Sergio Tiempo (piano), Mischa Maisky, and Jorge Federico Osorio (piano), among others.


FESTIVAL BARENBOIM

July 13, 15, 19, 20
SYMPHONY CONCERTS WITH STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN ORCHESTRA

July 11, 14, 18, 22
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE


INTERNATIONAL GUEST PERFORMERS

March 10
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

July 15
DUBRAVKA TOMŠIČ SREBOTNJAK

August 12, 15
ANNA NETREBKO

September 5
BRYN TERFEL

September 26
JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ

Domingos de Camara - Intérpretes Argentinos (Chamber Sundays): Series of FREE concerts on determined Sundays at 11 am, by renowned Argentinean chamber groups at the main concert hall of Teatro Colón.
Free tickets must be picked up the previous Friday, 10 am to 8 pm. Only 2 tickets per person will be handed, limited to the theater's capacity.

The 2018 Season will come complete with the program Colón Contemporáneo (contemporary works); ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón), a series of performances for kids and the whole family (Colon Para Chicos); the concert series at the Golden Hall, and the concerts performed at the Theater by private musical organizations like Mozarteum Argentino.

The complete 2018 Program can be downloaded on this link.

Tickets:
New Subscriptions will be on sale on February 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018 at the Theater's box office: Tucuman 117, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Individual tickets will go on sale from Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at the Theater's box office: Tucuman 1171
Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sundays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For more information, visit Teatro Colón official website.

Christmas Theme Park and Christmas Parade 2017


At the Christmas Park that will be set up at Plaza Intendente Seeber (Av. del Libertador & Sarmiento), children and families will have the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas spirit and participate in a number of fun activities, a carousel, the Elf Village, a ball pit, face painting, and many more attractions, all with free entrance.

At the Toy Factory children will be able to participate in different activities, making their own toys, crafts and drawings. Donations of toys for children in need will be received in this sector.

At the Santa Claus Cabin children will meet Santa Claus and take pictures with him. Picture will be available for download on this link.

Live shows will be presented Monday to Thursday at 6 pm, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm. 

The Park will be open from December 8 to December 24, 2017. 
Monday to Friday, 3 pm to 8 pm, 
Saturdays and  Sundays, 10 am to 8 pm.
December 24: 10 am to 3 pm
Free entrance. The park will be closed when raining.


On December 16th the Park will be closed for the City's Christmas Parade. This year the Parade will feature more than 350 artists and acrobats, marching bands, songs and dance, magic shows, the presence of fairies and elves and large floats representing the values of Christmas: love, peace, and union.
The Parade will take place on Saturday, December 16th, from 5 pm to 7 pm, at Av. del Libertador & Sarmiento (in case of rain the Parade will be postponed)
Free entrance.
Notice: because of the rain forecast the Parade has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 17th, at 5 pm.

76th Argentine Pato (Horseball) Championship


The Final of the 76th Argentine Pato (Horseball) Championship (Abierto Argentino de Pato), the most important tournament of this sport in Argentina, will take place on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo, at 4.30 PM, with the participation of the two best teams of our National Sport.

Pato (Horseball) is a traditional Argentine equestrian sport, practiced since the beginning of the XVII century, and declared as Argentina's National Sport in 1953. "Pato" is an exciting game that combines polo and basketball, and in which two teams made up of 4 players each, by a series of passes and combinations to elude their adversaries, try to introduce the "Pato" (Duck) through a vertical ring. The rings, located at the center of each end of the field, are 1 meter (3.3 ft) diameter, and are located on 2.4 m (7.9 ft) high poles. The "Pato" is a ball with six handles. The player that is in possession of the "Pato" must hold it and ride with his right arm extended, offering the rivals the opportunity to steal it.

Pato is a similar, but earlier version, of the game of Horseball played in France, Portugal, and other countries.

The Campo Argentino de Polo is located on Av. del Libertador & Dorrego, Palermo

Tickets (AR$100) will be on sale at the stadium on the same day, from 2 pm.

International Artisans' Fair 2017 at La Rural


At the International Artisans' Fair ("Feria Internacional de Artesanias de Buenos Aires"), that will be held from December 5th to December 10th, 2017 at La Rural Exhibition Center, over 400 craftsmen from Argentina and Latin America will show their talent, creativity and skills, with live demonstrations of their work.

Individual artisans, official entities and delegations from the different Argentine provinces and neighboring countries will exhibit and offer their hand crafted unique pieces, while sharing their techniques and knowledge with the public. 

The stands are grouped according to the different kinds of crafts, including: ceramics; basket making; cutlery; leather; clothing; musical instruments; jewelry; wood; noble metals; paper; stone; textiles; glass, and more.

A great opportunity for visitors to purchase exclusive handicraft pieces at the best prices, while learning about cultural and artistic expressions from Argentina and Latin America.

Dates: December 5 through December 10, 2017.
Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Opening hours: 2 PM to 9 PM
Entry fees: 
General: AR$ 100
Pensioners: AR$ 80
Children under 8, free

Gallery Day December 2017


Gallery, the original circuit for art lovers around art galleries, antique shops, museums and cultural centers, presents a new special edition of Gallery Day, that will take place in the neighborhoods of Palermo and Villa Crespo on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, from 3 pm to 7 pm.

The Palermo-Villa Crespo circuit covers the area surrounded by the streets of Dorrego, Gascón, Lavalleja, Córdoba and Santa Fé, with more than 25 art spaces that will open their doors to show the latest works of their artists.

As always, there will be live music shows, and guests will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne or premium beers. Maps will be provided to the public so they can visit their favorite galleries and exhibitions at their own pace.

CHECK POINTS
Visitors can get information and be oriented about the different self guided routes at these spaces:
* Gachi Prieto - Uriarte 1373
* Espacio Plá - Malabia 1841
* HACHE - Loyola 32

GUIDED VISITS
Take a tour with a specialized guide. Visits are free and have a duration of 90 minutes.
3:30 pm: Meeting Point Espacio Plá
4:30 pm: Meeting Point Gachi Prieto
5.00 pm: Meeting Point HACHE

AFTERGALLERY
From 7 pm at ZMUD (Bonpland 721), closing of the event with live music by Fátima Pecci Carou and Testarosa (Laura Hita). The show is produced by Otras Formas, the label that edits records from visual artists that also make music, and sponsored by Stella Artois.

This event is totally free of charge.
For maps and information on participating galleries visit Gallery Day website.

Reciprocity Fee revoked for Canadian visitors


The Argentine National Immigration Agency (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) has informed by Disposition 6437-E/2017 published on November 23, 2017, that effective January 1st, 2018Canadian Citizens or Canadian Passport holders entering Argentina territory will be exempt from paying the reciprocity fee.

For more information, click here.

The Night of the Temples 2017


Santisimo Sacramento

On Saturday, December 2nd 2017 locals and visitors will have the chance to discover the diverse religious cults that are practiced in the City. 42 temples will open their doors, respecting their customs and traditions, for free and without previous registration.

Starting from 8 pm and until midnight these sacred places will show the public their cultural, artistic and religious patrimony, reflecting the spirituality of their communities. Accompanied by a guide (in Spanish) through different circuits, two of which celebrate the 500 years of the Protestant Reform, visitors will have the opportunity to know about the works of art and history of each participating temple.

There will also be Jewish, Muslim, Catholic music concerts, tasting of different typical dishes, and other special activities.

Belgrano (500 years of the Reform)
Starting point: Lutheran Evangelic Church La Cruz de Cristo (Amenábar 1749/1767). To visit next: Anglican Church San Salvador, Evangelic Church del Río de la Plata, Presbyterian Church Dr. Smith Memorial, Buenos Aires Reformed Church. Total Route: 1.40 Km.

Centro (Circuit 500 years of the Reform)
Starting point: Anglican Cathedral San Juan Bautista (25 de Mayo 276). To visit next: First Methodist Church, Parrish Centro Iglesia Evangélica del Rio de la Plata, Presbyterian Church San Andrés. Total Route: 2.13 Km.

Centro/Norte
Starting point: Basilica del Santísimo Sacramento (San Martín 1039). To visit next: San Marón Cathedral, Nuestra Señora de las Victorias, Israeli Congregation of República Argentina (Temple Libertad). Total Route: 1.33 Km.

Centro/Sur
Starting point: San Ignacio de Loyola Parrish (Bolívar 225). To visit next: Basilica Nuestra Señora del Rosario/Convent of Santo Domingo, Danish Church, Parrish San Pedro González Telmo. Total Route: 1.54 Km.

Belgrano
Starting point: Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (Echeverría 1395). To visit next: Buddhist/Chinese Association, Presbyterian Church Sin Heng, Comunidad Amijai. Total Route: 0.87 Km.

Palermo
Starting point: Parrish Nuestra Señora de la Consolación (Av. Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz 1073). To visit next: Cathedral San Jorge (Iglesia Católica Apostólica Ortodoxa de Antioquía), Evangelical Baptist Church“El Rey Jesús”, Apostolic Armenian Cathedral San Gregorio El Iluminador. Total Route: 0.62 Km.

All the Circuits will start at 8:30 pm from each starting point. Visitors must arrive 15 minutes in advance, and respect the customs of each cult and the requisites of each temple. In the case of entrance to Muslim temples it is required to have shoulders and knees covered for both sexes.

La Gran Milonga Nacional 2017 - Open Air Tango Dancing



"La Gran Milonga Nacional", an open air event with live orchestras and street tango dancing along Avenida de Mayo, which is transformed for one night into a giant dance floor, will take place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017.

This fantastic event, which every year occupies the traditional Avenida de Mayo, from Plaza de Mayo to 9 de Julio Av. is organized by the National Tango Academy and the Association of Promoters of Tourism, Hotel Business and Gastronomy (APTHGRA), in honor of the National Tango Day which is celebrated on December 11th.

La Gran Milonga Nacional will start at 8:00 pm, and will last until 3 am, with three central stages in the corners of Avenida de Mayo with Bernardo de Irigoyen, Piedras and Perú, and other smaller ones along the avenue, where the audience will be able to dance on the street to the music of live Tango orchestras, with their dancers and singers, including the orchestras La Juan D´Arienzo, Los Herederos del Compás, Mulenga, Di Sarli and Varela, and a closing by Piazzola Tango Show and its dancers.

Free entrance. Suspended in case of rain.