Imagine Van Gogh, first immersive exhibition to arrive in Buenos Aires

Imagine Van Gogh, the first of the Van Gogh immersive exhibitions to arrive in Argentina, will open its doors at La Rural on February 16th, 2022
Imagine Van Gogh is the Original Immersive Exhibition of the genius of painting Vincent Van Gogh. Created by Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, the exhibition features more than 200 works by the celebrated painter, presented in Total Image©, an advanced technology created in 1977 by French photographer and filmmaker, Albert Plécy, and developed by Annabelle Mauger. 
Imagine Van Gogh invites visitors to literally enter the world and the works that the Dutch genius created during the last two years of his life, between 1888 when he moved to Arles in the south of France, until his death in Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890. In the exhibition, the public will be able to admire The Starry Night, The Sunflowers, The Irises, or let themselves be carried away by the intimacy of his Bedroom in Arles. 
Visitors will walk through the exhibition in total darkness, illuminated only by giant projections of the artist's most famous paintings, accompanied by the music of the great composers SaintSaëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes and Satie. 
Total Image© technology brings an innovative dimension to the concept of artistic exhibition and revolutionizes the encounter between creator, works of art and public. Total Image© is the original technology used in immersive art exhibitions, absorbing viewers to the point where they can literally walk inside the images, allowing them to experience the emotional depth of the artwork in a much more personal and ethereal way, to feel more deeply connected to the artist.
The 200 paintings featured in the exhibition are part of prestigious museum collections such as the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Venue: La Rural, Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires. Frers Pavilion. Santa Fe Av. 4363.
Official website:
Tickets can be purchased through La Rural Ticket
For a better experience and for organizational reasons, tickets will be sold in half-hour blocks with limited seating capacity, although the stay in the exhibition has no pre-established time. 
Entry fees:
General adults: AR$ 3.000.
General children under 12: AR$ 2.000.
Family pack (2 adults + 2 children under 12): AR$ 8.000. 
Infants under 3: free

Teatro Colón 2022 Season

The prestigious TEATRO COLON OF BUENOS AIRES, one of the most important Opera Houses in the world, has announced its 2022 SEASON PROGRAM.

The 2022 season of Teatro Colón will be full of proposals for all audiences, featuring some world-class names and titles. In addition to Martha Argerich, who will present a series of concerts with special guests, there will be ten recitals with notable artists - among others, Plácido Domingo, the soprano Ainhoa ​​Arteta and the tenor Roberto Alagna - and outstanding productions such as Tosca and L'elisir d'amore, with the stellar presence of two international couples respectively: Anna Netrebko & Yusif Eyvazov; and Javier Camarena & Nadine Sierra.

Opera: With 4 new productions from Teatro Colón, the season will feature 7 titles of the highest level:
* La Bohème, by Giacomo Puccini, under the stage direction of Stefano Trespidi and a national and international cast of great performers.
* The Consul, by Gian Carlo Menotti, under the direction of Rubén Szuchmacher. New production of Teatro Colón.
* Nabucco, by Giuseppe Verdi, with stage direction, set design and costumes by Stefano Poda. New production of Teatro Colón.
* L'elisir d'amore, by Gaetano Donizetti, under stage direction of Emilio Sagi and the stellar interpretation of Javier Camarena and Nadine Sierra. New production of Teatro Colón.
* The Seven Deadly Sins, by Kurt Weill / Bluebeard's Castle, by Béla Bartók.
* The Pearl Fishers, by Georges Bizet, under the stage direction of Michal Znaniecki. New production of Teatro Colón in co-production with Teatr Wielki w Łodzi in Poland.
* Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini, with the starring vocal role of the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, and the Azeri tenor Yusif Eyvazov in a production by Roberto Oswald (1933-2013)

Ballet: Under the direction of Paloma Herrera, the Stable Ballet of Teatro Colón will present 5 emblematic titles from various eras and styles that expose the versatility of the company:
* Giselle, with choreography by Gustavo Mollajoli and the participation of guest dancers such as Natalia Osipova (Royal Ballet) and Isaac Hernández (English National Ballet).
* Mixed program, composed by Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček with choreography by the Czech Jiří Kylián and Carmen by Georges Bizet with a new choreography created by Alejandro Cervera.
* La fille mal gardée, by Ferdinand Hérold with choreography by Sir Frédérick Ashton.
* Romeo and Juliet, with choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and the special participation of the guest dancer Herman Cornejo (American Ballet).
* The Merry Widow, by Franz Lehár under the choreography of Ronald Hydn and the participation of Roberto Bolle as guest dancer.

The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Enrique Arturo Diemecke, will offer 19 concerts with guest conductors such as Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit, Alpesh Chauhan, Josep Vicent, Alejo Pérez and Baldur Brönimann. The season will also feature the presence of the prominent Venezuelan conductor Glass Marcano, who has been recently awarded in Paris. The young violinist Noa Wildschut; the pianist Javier Perianes, the clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, the pianist Ingrid Fliter, the guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas, the pianist Sergio Tiempo and the pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, among other guests, will also perform as soloists.

The renowned Argentine pianist Martha Argerich will offer a series of concerts in the month of August, with special guests such as the prestigious conductor Charles Dutoit and the actress Annie Dutoit-Argerich, their daughter.

The series Great International Performers will feature leading international artists such as Placido Domingo; Ainhoa ​​Arteta; Nancy Fabiola Herrera; Roberto Alagna; Sondra Radvanovsky; Nadine Sierra; Jakub Józef Orliński; Michael Schade; Magdalena Kožená, Yusif Eyvazov. The Italian novelist and journalist Alessandro Baricco will explore the meaning of time in a musically illustrated show entitled Sul Tempo e sull´Amore.

The Stable Orchestra Teatro Colón will perform programmatic music, symphonic songs and symphonic-choral works, under the baton of various conductors and the participation of guest soloists. Pieces by Strauss, Elgar, Ravel, Puccini and Stravinsky, among others, will be performed.

The traditional Free Chamber Music Series at the Golden Hall will consist of 12 recitals throughout the year, with a special presentation on March 8th for International Women's Day, with the recital Women in Music. The 2022 program will include the performances of four of the most prestigious string quartets in our country, featuring among others, the Petrus Quartet and the Gianneo Quartet.

The Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón directed by Marcelo Birman will continue to exhibit the work of the new generation of talents in training. In addition to participating in some of the contents of Colón for Kids, students will carry out the stage productions Die schöne Galathée by Franz Von Suppé, Alice in Wonderland by Marta Lambertini, and The Descent of Orpheus In Hell by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The program will also feature the choreographic show Pulcinella by Igor Stravinsky, 6 concerts by the Academic Orchestra in the Main Hall, and the Lyrical and Argentine Music Recitals cycle, which will consist of 8 presentations in the Golden Hall. During the winter holidays the Higher Institute of Art will stage the one-act Ballet Graduation Ball by Johann Strauss.

The program Colón for Kids will return with the adaptation of the opera L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti by the Academic Orchestra of the Higher Institute of Art, whose musicians will also perform Snowstorm by Georgy Sviridov (a suite of musical illustrations about a tale by Aleksandr Pushkin) and the musical Theodore and the Nameless Robot by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Stable Ballet of the Teatro Colón will also participate in this series with some performances of Giselle by Adolphe Adam and La Fille Mal Gardée by Ferdinand Hérold. There will also be activities for babies, specially designed for children under two years of age.

Colón Contemporáneo will have its tenth edition next year, arriving with György Ligeti's Violin Concerto, Charles Ives' Sonata Concord, and George Antheil's experimental Ballet Mécanique, which will be presented alongside the Argentine premiere of the Fantaisie Mécanique by South Korean composer Unsuk Chin.

The Complete 2022 Program can be downloaded on this link (available in Spanish only).

Yearly Subscriptions will go on sale from December 9th, 2021.
Individual tickets for all the 2022 performances will go on sale on date to be announced.
Theater's box office: Tucuman 1171, Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

For more information, visit Teatro Colón official website.

Official news: Argentina opens its borders to international tourists - Update

Through Administrative Decision 951/2021 issued on October 1st, 2021, Administrative Decision 1064/2021 issued on November 2nd, 2021, and Administrative Decision 1316/2021 issued on December 30th, 2021, the Argentine government announced the opening of the borders to international travelers.

As of November 1st, 2021, the entry into the national territory of all non-resident foreigners from any country for tourism will be permitted, exempted of quarantine, subject to compliance with current immigration requirements and the set of health requirements listed below:

* Complete full vaccination schedule (as defined by the country of vaccination) at least 14 days before entering the country.
* Negative PCR test carried out at the country of origin within 72 hours prior to departure. If you have had COVID-19 confirmed by a lab test within 90 days of your trip you don’t need to take a PCR test before departure. Instead, you will need to show a medical certificate issued at least 10 days after being diagnosed, confirming that you have a clean bill of health.
* Foreign tourists must travel with health insurance with Covid-19 coverage.
* Minors (18 years and younger) who have Not completed the vaccination scheme are allowed to enter the country and are exempted of quarantine. Children under 6 do not require PCR before traveling.
* Travelers will have to fill out a sworn declaration stating that they comply with all the abovementioned requisites within 48 hours prior to arrival in Argentina, through this link:
Prior to the start of the trip to the Argentine Republic, the operators of means of transport - air, river and maritime - of international passengers must - without exception - verify that the passenger has declared compliance with the health requirements as described above.
Transport operators are empowered to deny boarding to those who do not meet these requirements.
Once in the national territory, the persons who enter the country must carry, during fourteen (14) days after their arrival, the documentation that accounts for the fulfillment of the sanitary requirements demanded in the preceding paragraphs.
* As of December 30th, 2021, all visitors 6 years of age and older must take a PCR Test between the 3rd and 5th day after entering the country, having to refrain during this period of attending massive events or social gatherings at indoor venues.

Additional notes:
* Antigen tests on arrival are no longer required.
* Passengers will only be allowed to enter for tourism through the designated safe corridors.
* The cost of the tests of reference will be in charge of the person who enters the country.
* Those who aren't fully vaccinated won't be allowed to enter the country for tourism reasons.
* The vaccines accepted to enter Argentina are any vaccines accepted at the country of origin.
* In the event of a positive test, both the infected person and their close contacts must comply with isolation in the places provided by the corresponding national authorities and intended for this purpose, until the safe transfer to their place of residence is made, if applicable.
* Use of masks is still mandatory in all indoor spaces, and outdoors where there are large crowds.

New requirements for travelling to Argentina from Africa (or having been in Africa 14 days before traveling to Argentina).
In addition to the above requirements, any person coming from or having been in countries of the African continent in the last 14 days prior to his/her/their entry into Argentina must:
* Report this situation in their electronic affidavit (DDJJ).
* Perform an antigen test upon arrival in Argentina.
*Undergo a 10 day mandatory quarantine (without exception).
*Take a PCR test ten days after the PCR performed prior to arrival in the country. The negative result of this PCR is a condition for the completion of the isolation.

Measures for Cruise Ship Travelers:
People who board in national territory must present a negative PCR test carried out between 24 and 48 hours before boarding. The PCR used to enter the country by another means of transport in the last 72 hours can be presented. Those who have started the trip on the cruise outside the country are exempt from taking this PCR test.
Routine testing will not be required for shore excursions. On the other hand, for the final disembarkation of the trip on the cruise ship, an antigen test will be required.
Covid health insurance coverage may be requested by the ship's operating company. In turn, it is recommended to have your own proof for your stay in the country since it must cover your stay. The criteria for children under 18 years of age will be respected.
In relation to the Requirements for the reopening of Cruises to Antarctica and Bi-oceanic Cruises, in the event of a positive case on board, the sample of the PCR test will be sent to be sequenced and the entire ship will be quarantined with isolation of all travelers and crew until the result of said sequencing is obtained. Once the OMICRON variant has been ruled out, the current definition of an outbreak that applies to ships will be maintained. If it is confirmed that it corresponds to the OMICRON variant, it will be proceed to request isolation of the entire ship following the recommendations of the national health authority.
In all cases, and except for justified health issues, the landing of positive cases will not be allowed and this will only be done with the prior intervention of the national health authority in agreement with the jurisdiction. The national health authority may order precautionary health measures on board a cruise ship or suspend them, at any time, depending on the risk of spread observed on board.

Note that all these measures will remain in place as long as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country keep decreasing or there is not a sudden surge in infection rates, so please make sure to be updated on all the current travel regulations.

Updated December 31st, 2021