43rd Buenos Aires International Book Fair

The 43rd Buenos Aires International Book Fair will take place from April 27th to May 15th, 2017 at La Rural Exhibition Center in Palermo. As every year, it will feature conferences, round-tables, talks with prestigious national and international intellectuals, book presentations, shows, activities for children and teenagers, events for specialists and publishing professionals, and book sales of literature in all languages.

The Fair is the largest of its kind in the Spanish speaking world. It is considered one of the most important cultural and editorial events in Latin America, and a meeting point for authors, editors, book sellers, distributors, teachers, librarians, scientists, and over 1,200,000 readers from around the world.

One of the main features of the Fair is the participation of internationally renowned authors. Some of the outstanding intellectuals that have confirmed their presence this year are: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Alessandro Baricco, Bernhard Schlink, John Katzenbach, John M. Coetzee, Pierre Lemaitre, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Javier Cercas, Etgar Keret, Leonardo Boff, among many others.

The special activities of the Fair this year include: a Book Reading Marathon on May 18; the International Poetry Festival between April 28 and April 30; Meetings with "booktoubers" on May 12 and May 13; as well as kids and youth sectors; Story-telling; free workshops; musical shows; book signing; among many others.

The guest city at the Fair this year will be Los Angeles, USA, which will offer a number of special activities and the presentation of some of its best authors, such as: Gregg Hurtiz; Jim C. Hines; Héctor Tobar.

"The Night of the Fair" will be celebrated on April 29th, with special activities, games, raffles, book signings, and music shows featuring the groups "Los Oreos" and "Flower Trip", that will perform songs from the Hollywood movies. On that day the Book Fair will remain open until 1 am, with free entrance after 9.00 pm.

Professional Sessions: From April 25 to 27, the Buenos Aires Book Fair is open exclusively to book professionals, offering an outstanding training program, the best business opportunities and chances for networking. Mark these dates and be part of the most intense and productive three days of the Spanish-speaking publishing world.

Dates: April 27th through May 15th, 2017
Location: La Rural Exhibition Center, Palermo, Buenos Aires.
Access through: Ave. Santa Fe 4201; Av Sarmiento 20704; Cerviño 4476
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and May 1st Holiday: 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Entry fees:
Monday to Thursday (except Monday May 1st): AR$ 70.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday and May 1st: AR$ 100
3 Day pass: AR$ 150.
Children under 12, free
Monday to Friday (except Monday May 1st) free for teachers, students, pensioners, with  the corresponding accreditation.

For further information, visit the 43rd International Buenos Aires Book Fair official website.

Gastronomic Festival of the Foreign Communities 2017 - New Date

A giant food court representing more than 40 different foreign communities living in Buenos Aires will be set up on Avenida de Mayo & Bolivar next Saturday, April 29th, 2017, from 12:00 pm to 8.00 pm.

The typical dishes of every region will be offered in 100 food stands along Avenida de Mayo, as well as crafts and traditional products from every represented country. Different traditional groups will offer their performances along the avenue and on the main stage through the afternoon.

This year more than 30 cooks will present their typical dishes to participate in the "Foreign Communities Cooking Challenge", a contest that will consist of three stages, and a final round on the main stage, where a jury made up of renowned chefs will select the winning chef.

After the winner is announced the event will be closed with a music show by “Los Chefferson”.

In case of rain the event will be suspended.

Free entrance

Fair of the Argentine Regions 2017

On Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, the Fair of the Argentine Regions will be held at El Dorrego, Freire 51, in the neighborhood of Colegiales, with the participation of over 100 small and producers from all over the country.
Visitors will find crafts, wines and beers, chocolate, jams, cold meats, diary, yerba mate, olives, among many other national products.
The Fair will also feature a food court offering typical dishes at accessible prices, including empanadas from different provinces, parrilla, ice cream, Andean food, as well as cooking classes to learn to prepare regional dishes.
In addition a varied selection of artists will present music and dance shows, and activities for kids.

Program on the main stage:

Saturday 22
3.00 pm: Cooking class by Gustavo Portela
4.30 pm: Show by Ana Fontán and Tangoloco Trío
5.30 pm: Show by Femina (hip-hop fusion)
7.00 pm: Show by Airbag (acoustic)

Sunday 23
2.00 pm: Cooking class by Gustavo Portela
4.30 pm: Musical Theater Show "El Club del Hit"
5.30 pm: Show by Carlos Casella (singer-dancer)
7,00 pm: Closing Show by Chango Spasiuk

Location: El Dorrego, Freire 51, Colegiales
Opening hours: 12 pm to 8 pm
Not suspended for rain

Polo: Nations Cup 2017 - Argentina vs Uruguay

The International Polo Series Nations Cup 2017 (Serie Internacional Copa de las Naciones 2017), organized by the Argentine Polo Association, will take place on April 29th of 2017, at 3.30 pm at Field 1 of the Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo (Av. Libertador & Dorrego).

This unique tournament is an important new addition to the national and international polo calendar. This year the participating teams are the national selections of Argentina and Uruguay, lead respectively by two of the best polo players in the world and teammates at La Dolfina Polo Team, Adolfo Cambiaso and David Stirling.

Earlier the same day, the final of the Youth Quadrangular between Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Chíle (which first rounds will be played with free entrance on April 27th) and the rematch of the female Test Match for the Sunny Hale Cup Argentina vs USA, will be played at Field 2 of the Argentina Polo Field.

Participating Teams

Nations Cup:
Argentina: Camilo Castagnola 3, Juan M. Zubía 6, Bartolomé Castagnola (Jr) 5, Adolfo Cambiaso 10 . Total: 24.
Uruguay: Carlos Mariano Álvarez 1, Juan Curbelo 6, David Stirling 10,  Alejo Taranco 7. Total: 24.

Female Test Match – Sunset “Sunny” Hale Cup:
Argentina: Mía Cambiaso 4, Candelaria Fernández Araujo 5, Milagros Fernández Araujo 5, Paola Martínez 8. Total: 22.
United States: Maureen Brennan 6, Kristy Waters Outhier 8, Tiffany Busch 7, Julia Smith 5. Total: 26.

Youth Quadrangular:
Argentina: Adolfo "Poroto" Cambiaso (Jr), Juan Guerrero, Facundo Frayssinet, Felipe Dabas.
Chile: León Schwencke, Clemente Silva, Pedro Letelier, Baltazar Bisquertt. Substitutes: Cristóbal Huidobro, Matías Echavarri.
Uruguay: Francisco Bayce, Juan A. González, Benjamín Rielli, Juan Bautista Parodi.
Colombia: Diego Vivas Caicedo, Camilo Turriago Saldarriaga, Eduardo Nieto Vargas, Martín de Bedout Graham.

Schedule of matches

Thursday 27 – Free Entrance
11.00 am – Field 2 – Youth Quadrangular – Argentina vs. Colombia (4 Chukkers)
12.00 pm – Field 2 – Youth Quadrangular – Chile vs. Uruguay (4 Chukkers)
2.30 pm – Field 1 – Female Test Match – Argentina vs. United States (5 Chukkers)

Saturday 29
11.00 am – Field 2 – Youth Quadrangular – Final (Winners of Thursday 27) (4 Chukkers)
12.00 pm – Field 2 – Youth Quadrangular – Final Subsidiary (Losers of Thursday 27) (4 Chukkers)
1.30 pm – Field 2 – Female Test Match (rematch) – Argentina vs. United States (5 Chukkers)
3.30 pm – Field 1 – Nations Cup – Argentina vs. Uruguay (6 Chukkers)

Tickets at promotional prices on sale through Ticketek
Or at the stadium on the day of the match ($100 - $250 Argentine Pesos)
Check for schedule updates in case of rain.

BAFICI 2017 - Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

The nineteenth edition of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, will take place from April 19th to April 30th, 2017, with a program that features more than 400 films from every continent and for all tastes and ages, including more than 100 world premieres. 

The Festival will be held at 32 different venues around the city, including: Village Recoleta and Caballito, Arte Multiplex Belgrano, Cultural San Martín, Malba, Fundación Proa, Espacio INCAA Cine Gaumont; Usina del Arte, and the Amphitheater of de Parque Centenario, Plaza Francia and the terrace of Centro Cultural Recoleta, with free open air screenings.
Centro Cultural Recoleta will be the main venue with exhibitions, book presentations, activities for children, and more.

The opening of the Festival will be on April 19th with Casting (Germany, 2017) by Nicolas Wackerbarth, The closing of the Festival will be with the documentary film L'Opéra de Paris (France - Switzerland, 2017) by Jean-Stéphane Bron

Some of the Sections in the Festival include:

International Competition: includes 20 films from around the world, most of them world premieres.

Latin American & Argentinian Competition

Panorama: the biggest section in the Festival, organized in themes like Architecture, Arts, Passion, Gastronomy, Music

Little Bafici: In this edition, the Festival continues with the Baficito Section successfully inaugurated in 2009 with programming dedicated to kids, 

Britannia Lado B: 40 years of Punk: series sponsored by the British Council, about English Punk, with the projection in 35mm of The filth and the fury (UK - USA, 2000), by Julien Temple, about the musical career of Sex Pistols, and the new movie by Don Letts as a world premiere.

International Guests: some of the renowned international guest artists and directors this year are: Nanni Moretti, Alex Ross Perry, Claude Barras, Heinz Emigholz, Stéphane Brizé, Johannes Nyholm, Denis Côté, Gabriel Abrantes,  Julio Hernández Cordón,  João Moreira Salles, Lucrecia Martel.

Tickets are on sale via the Festival´s website, or in person at Village Recoleta, Vicente Lopez & Junin, from 10 am to 8 pm.
The price of the general admission is AR$45, and AR$30 for students and pensioners. 
At the Venues Cine.Ar Gaumont, Centro Cultural San Martín, Village Caballito, Artemultiplex and Malba, tickets will be on sale from April 20th. 

Conferences at the El Aleph Auditorium and Microcine at Recoleta Cultural Center, and outdoors screenings are all free and don’t require a ticket. They are on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to room capacity.

For free screenings, conferences, and events in the rest of the venues tickets must be picked at Bafici’s Information Stand of the corresponding venue, a maximum of two per person, one hour before the show.

For professional clinics at Usina del Arte and the Little Bafici workshops, you can previously sign up at buenosaires.gob.ar/festivales. Limited capacity.

Tickets for the free screening of Cemento - El documental will be available for pick up from 10 a.m. on the day of the show, at Village Recoleta.

For more information, schedules and complete programs, visit BAFICI 2017 official website.

Buenos Aires Food Week April 2017

Buenos Aires Food Week, the bi-annual event in which the best restaurants in the city offer lunch and dinner menus at promotional prices, will be held again from April 17th to April 30th of 2017.

The goal of this Food Week is democratizing access to haute-cuisine, offering the general public the opportunity to discover new restaurants and taste unique dishes at attractive prices.

Each restaurant will offer a fixed three step menu (starter, main course and dessert) with a fixed price of $ 240 pesos for lunch and $ 390 pesos for dinner (not including drinks, service charge, or tip) + an optional donation in a sealed envelope to the charity organization Fundación Banco de Alimentos.

The restaurants participating in this edition are: Aldo's Restoran Vinoteca; Aramburu Bis; Artesano (Alvear Art Hotel); Bahia Madero; Bice; Brasserie Petanque; Captain Cook; Casa Cruz; Clo Clo; Cosqo Peruvian Sushi; Dashi Palermo; El Burladero; El Quinto; Fabric Sushi Nikkei; Green Bamboo; Happening; Inmigrante; Italpast (La Reserva); La Cabaña; La Cabrera; La Causa Nikkei; La Panadería de Pablo (Olivos); La Taberna; Le Grill; Le Sud (Hotel Sofitel): Mercado Central; Mizuki; Novecento Cañitas; Olaya; Paru Inkas Sushi & Grill; Puerta del Inca; Puerto Cristal; Puratierra; Sexto; Sipan Palermitano; Sivela 465; Social Paraiso; Sorrento Puerto Madero; Sorrento City; Sorrento La Recova; Sottovoce Puerto Madero; Sottovocce Libertador; The Brick Kitchen; Trattoria Olivetti; Ureña; Villegas Madero

Furthermore many of these restaurants will offer a complimentary Campari Orange or Aperol Spritz aperitif to each person that orders the Buenos Aires Food Week menu

For a complete list of restaurants, menus and online reservations, visit Buenos Aires Food Week website.

Some restaurants offer lunch or dinner menu only. Check the conditions of participation of every restaurant before making a reservation.
If places are left available, people may also attend the restaurant of their choice directly without reservation.
Payments can be made in cash, debit card, or credit card at the end of the meal.

Organic and Healthy Food Market in Belgrano - April 2017

Notice: Because of the rain forecast for this weekend, the Market been rescheduled to April 14th and 15th.

The main producers of organic and healthy food in Argentina will gather again in a street market in Buenos Aires, on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th, 2017, Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th, 2017, from 10 am to 7 pm, with free access to the public. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to taste free samples and buy at a promotional prices natural foods and beverages in an area specially located at the square Parques Nacionales Argentinos located on Sucre & Av. Figueroa Alcorta, in the neighborhood of Belgrano. The event is organized by Planeta Joy magazine and sponsored by the city of Buenos Aires.

More than 70 gazebos will be installed, where the participating producers will offer products in the following areas: Oils; Alcoholic drinks (organic wines, beers); Soft drinks and natural juices; Cereals and seeds; Spices; Nuts; Fruits & Vegetables; Farm produce; Delicatessen; Gourmet food; Flour and derivatives; Mushrooms; Infusions; Vegetables; Dairy; Bakery; Jams; edible Flowers; Pasta; Herbs; Snacks, and more.

There will be a special area with food trucks offering special menus for visitors and healthy food to go or to enjoy right there on the communal tables of this picturesque market.

Some activities for children will be held in a special space.

In case of rain the market will be suspended.

Consult on Buenos Aires Market website for any change of schedule.

Nuestros Caballos 2017 (Our Horses 2017) Equestrian Exhibition

The 2017 edition of "Nuestros Caballos" (Our Horses), the most important equestrian exhibition in Latin America, will be held at La Rural Exhibition Center from April 5th to April 9th, 2017, with equestrian and recreational activities for the whole family.

Children and adults alike will have the chance to see, in the heart of the city, over 700 horses specially brought from different spots in the country for this exhibition, from the main breeds that are raised in Argentina: Criolla, Árabe, Cuarto de Milla, Polo Argentino, Silla Argentino, Tiro Argentino, Percherón, Petiso, Peruano de Paso, Appaloosa, Paint Horse and Pura Raza Española.

The program of activities of "Nuestros Caballos" will include a variety of attractions, such as:

° Indoor Show Jumping competition
° "Pato" (horseball) exhibitions
° Polo exhibitions
° Dressage Exhibition
° Argentine Final of the "Golden Gag Bit" of "Criollo" breed.
° Election of the national champions from the different breeds
° Breed exhibitions and auctions
° Loose jumping National Championship
° National Rodeo Championship
° Exhibition and auction of carriages
° Blacksmith´s contest
° Intelligent and Indian taming clinics
° Vaulting Competition

Visitors will also have the chance to purchase all kinds of traditional Argentinian products, as well as horse equipment and tack.

At the same time, the canine Exhibition "Nuestros Perros" (Our Dogs) will  be held at the Blue Pavillion, and the Dairy Exhibition "Expo Lechera" at the Yellow Pavillion of La Rural.

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Dates: April 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2017
Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Entry fee: $ 90 Pesos. 
Seniors: Wednesday Free.
Children under 8: Free every day
For More information go to the Exhibitions official websites:
Nuestros Caballos
Nuestros Perros
Expo Lechera
(In Spanish only)