Buenos Aires International Book Fair 2019

The 45th edition of Buenos Aires International Book Fair will take place from April 25th through May 14th, 2019 at La Rural Exhibition Center in Palermo. It will feature over 1000 cultural activities, including 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 that visit it every year.

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: Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Julia Navarro, Rosa Montero, Santiago Posteguillo, Gael Faye, Sandro Veronelli, Carlos Fonseca, Anselm Grun, Sergio Ramírez, Bryce Echenique, Gioconda Belli, Laurence Debray (daughter of Regis Debray), Jul (draftsman of Lucky Luke since 2016), Victoria Schwab, Mackenzi Lee, Sara Búho, among many others.

The special activities of the Fair this year include: the International Poetry Festival between April 26 and April 28; the Book Reading Marathon on May 6th; as well as special sectors for kids and young adults; Story-telling; free workshops; musical shows; book signings... among many others.

The guest city at the Fair this year is Barcelona (Spain), which will offer a number of special activities and the presentation of some of its best authors.

"The Night of the Fair" will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27th from 8.00 pm with a free open air concert by Catalan artist Silvia Pérez Cruz, with a musical show at the outdoor court.

Professional Sessions: On April 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th, from 9 am to 6 pm, 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 four days of the Spanish-speaking publishing world (requires previous registration through this link).

General Information:
DatesApril 25th through May 13th, 2019
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: AR$ 120.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday and May 1st Holiday: AR$ 180.
3 Day pass: AR$ 270 (on sale online only).
Promotions and discounts:
Saturday, April 27th: Nigh of the Fair. Free entrance from 8.00 pm to 12:00 am.
Children under 12, free every day.
Monday to Friday (except May 1st) free for teachers, students, seniors, with  the corresponding accreditation.
*The entrance ticket includes coupons for 10% discount in book purchases.

For further information, visit the 45th International Buenos Aires Book Fair official website.

Buenos Aires Art Experience 2019

A new contemporary art festival, Buenos Aires Art Experience (BAAEX), will be held from April 12th to April 15th, 2019, from 3 PM to 9 PM, at the Buenos Aires Race Track, Hipódromo de Palermo, with free entrance to the public.
The Festival will feature Equine Art, Painting, Photography, Performance, Body Painting, Fashion, Drawing, Comics Digital, Multi Media and interactive art, as well as special activities for kids organized by Da Vinci Institute.
More than 150 artists will have the opportunity to promote and showcase their works. A percentage of the sales will be destined to the animal rescue foundation 'Fundación Aliento de Vida Animal'.
On Friday 12th and Monday 15th visitors will also have the chance to attend the horse races of the day.

Location Hipodromo de Palermo: Av. del Libertador y Dorrego.
Free entrance
Not suspended for rain

Buenos Aires Art Week 2019

Plaza Intendente Seeber, Palermo

Taking place from April 8th through April 14th, the Buenos Aires Art Week 2019 will be a unique opportunity for local and international visitors to discover Buenos Aires' art scene through public art exhibitions, installations, performances and events for all audiences. The Art Week includes an interdisciplinary and free program that will be held at the “Semana del Arte Park”, exhibitions and special activities at 30 participating institutions, museums and cultural centers, the program Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires, the art fair MAPA, and the 28th edition of arteBA art exhibition.

Some of the activities at Semana del Arte Park include:

* Opening event for all public on Tuesday, April 9th, at 6:30 pm, to enjoy live music, food trucks and public art works.
* Five public artworks by Argentine artists Margarita Paksa (presented by Museo Sívori), Marie Orensanz (presented by BIENALSUR), Mariana Telleria (national representative at the Venice Biennale 2019), Luna Paiva (presented by Faena Art and Faena Festival) and Carlos Huffmann (presented by the Arts District).
* An architectural pavilion where several art performances will be presented. The Pavilion, in turn, will function as an information center, a meeting place and headquarters for a daily program of art and thought that includes, among others, guided tours, lectures, trainings and a drawing workshop for works of art for teenagers developed by Clave 13/17 (Recoleta Cultural Center).
* An open-air cinema series on art and culture, developed especially by BAFICI. From Tuesday to Sunday at 9 pm.
* Outdoor guided tours on heritage and contemporary art, from Wednesday to Sunday at 3 pm.

During the Art Week, the Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires Talk Program will also be held in this special edition in collaboration with arteBA Foundation. Started in 2017, and continued successfully in 2018, the Program of Talks will present a series of dialogues between more than 40 speakers from different parts of the world, representatives of the diversity of voices of the academic community, from April 12th to April 14th. The talks are free and will be held at the Semana del Arte park, and arteBA (La Rural Exhibition Center).

As part of the Buenos Aires Art Week, arteBA, the great Contemporary Art Fair, will take place from April 11th to April 14th at La Rural Exhibition Center. arteBA is the most important art fair of its kind in Latin America, an art exhibition where art galleries display their best artworks, offering the general public the chance to come face to face with truly unique collectors’ pieces. arteBA fair presents its 28th edition with more than 400 artists, represented by more than 80 galleries from more than 25 cities around the world, and new activities and sections.

Location Semana del Arte Park: Plaza Intendente Francisco Seeber (Av Sarmiento & Av. Libertador), Palermo.
Days and times:
Monday, April 8th through Sunday, April 14th, 2019
11:00 am to 10:30 pm
Access and all the activities at Semana del Arte Park are Free.
Free tickets for the activities that will be held at: arteBA, MAPA (Feria de Arte Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat), Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, MACBA (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires), MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires), Museo Sívori, Museo Xul Solar - can be picked up at the Semana del Arte Park Pavillion from April 8th to April 14th, from 11 am to 3 pm.
*Limited daily stock. Up to 2 tickets per person per day.

For more information on venues, activities and daily schedules you can download the full program through this link (in Spanish only)

Gluten Free Fair - March 2019 edition

A new edition of "Feria Sin TACC", the Food Fair completely dedicated to gluten free products will be held on Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st of 2019 at the Palermo Woods, on Av. Figueroa Alcorta & Av. Dorrego, from 11 am to 7 pm.

The Fair will be divided into two sectors:

Market: 40 stalls offering oil, spices, marmalade, jams, infusions, soft drinks, delicatessen, diary, bread, fruits and vegetables, pasta, snacks, nuts, cold cuts, cereals and grains, cookies, juices, preserves, flour, frozen food, soups.

Food court: Stands and food trucks offering prepared food to go or to enjoy at the communal tables, including sushi, meat, pasta, author dishes, vegetarian options, ethnic food, among many other options. The stalls will be run by restaurants and cooks with a vast experience in the elaboration of gluten free food.

In case of rain the Fair may be suspended.

Nuestros Caballos 2019 (Our Horses 2019) Equestrian Exhibition

The 2019 edition of "Nuestros Caballos" (Our Horses), the most important equestrian exhibition in Latin America, will be held at La Rural Exhibition Center from March 29th to April 2nd, 2019, 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
° International "Pato" (horseball) competition
° 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
° 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.

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Entry fee: $ 170 Argentine Pesos. 
Seniors: Friday 29 Free.
For More information go to the Exhibitions official websites:
Nuestros Caballos
(In Spanish only)

BAFICI - Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival 2019

The 21st edition of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) organized by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, will take place from April 3rd to April 14th, 2019, with a program featuring hundreds of independent films from every continent, for all tastes and ages, including world premieres, classics and movies for kids.

The opening night will be on Wednesday, April 3rd, at the Amphitheater of Parque Centenario, with the projection of the movie Claudia by Sebastián De Caro.

This year the main venue of the Festival will be the cinema complex Multiplex Belgrano, and the meeting point at Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta (Av. Juramento & Obligado), where visitors will be able to enjoy open air films screenings and live music shows among many other activities.

Some of the Sections in the Festival are:

° International, Latin American & Argentinian Competitions.

° Panorama: the biggest section in the Festival, organized in themes like Music, Nocturne, Passion, Movies about Movies, Comedy, Artists in Action, Places, Opera Prima, among others.

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

° Marathon Bafici: This year the Festival will feature the Marathon BAFICI on April 6th from 2:00 pm to 12:00 am, and on April 7th from  2:00 pm to 9:00 pm, a 2-day event that will take place in the neighborhood of Belgrano, on Juramento between Cabildo & Cuba, with FREE open air cinema, interactive activities, participative installations, visual arts on walls, recitals, workshops, classes, and much more.

° Buenos Aires Lab: The Buenos Aires Lab (BAL) is BAFICI’s platform for the development and co-production of film projects aimed at supporting the production, sales and distribution of Latin American cinema.

Tickets will go on sale through the Festival's website on March 27th.
Or in person at:
From March 27th to April 3rd:
Multiplex Belgrano (Vuelta de Obligado 2199 and 2238), every day from 10 am to 8 pm.
Tu Entrada (Viamonte 560, shop no. 6), on weekdays from 10 am to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 12 to 8 pm.
Starting April 4th: (From 2 hours before the beginning of the venue’s first screening up to the start time of the last one):
Multiplex Belgrano -  Vuelta de Obligado 2199
Espacio INCAA Cine Gaumont - Av. Rivadavia 1635
Sala Leopoldo Lugones - Av. Corrientes 1529
Alianza Francesa - Av. Córdoba 946
● The price of the general admission is AR$70, and AR$50 for students and seniors and for all the BAFICITO screenings.
●When purchasing your tickets, please consider the time gap between films because once the screening begins, you will not be able to enter the theatre and your ticket will no longer be valid.

Free tickets for screenings and activities held at the following venues have to be booked in advance through the Festival's website:
Usina del Arte
Museo Histórico Sarmiento
El Moderno
Espacio Cultural Julián Centeya
Espacio Cultural Adán Buenosayres
Espacio Cultural Resurgimiento
Espacio Cultural Carlos Gardel
And activities at Multiplex Belgrano.
● Limited to 1 (one) ticket per person per screening/activity.
●Reserved tickets can be collected from 2 (two) hours before the beginning of the show at the venue’s Information Desk.
● Reservations will be valid until 30 minutes before the start of the screening/activity.. After that time, the tickets will be released to the public.

Admission on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to venue capacity at the following venues:
Amphitheater of Parque Centenario
Garden of Museum Larreta
Marathon BAFICI
BAFICI in the Neighborhoods
Casa Brandon
El Bar de Kowalski
JJ Circuito Cultural
La Casona de Humahuaca
La Casa del Árbol
Centro Cultural Morán
Estación Juramento (Juramento Metro Station, Line D)

For more information, schedules and complete programs, visit BAFICI 2019 official website.
Or download the full program here and catalog of films here.

St Patrick's Day Celebration 2019

Every March 17th, the most important day in its calendar, Ireland celebrates its patron saint, Saint Patrick. This special date will be celebrated once again with a big Fair and Street Parade in Buenos Aires on Sunday, March 17th, 2019, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm,  on Avenida de Mayo and Bolivar in downtown Buenos Aires.

The event will start at 12 pm, with the opening of the Celtic and Nordic Fair, with more than 50 stalls offering typical Irish products, crafts and traditional food such as and Colcannon, Boxty and Coddle, among many other specialties.

The traditional Saint Patrick's Day Parade will start at 3:00 pm, with Irish music groups that will be presenting their traditional dances and music. The parade will include the traditional costume contest for "leprechauns" (gnomes) and "fairies" for adults and children. Visitors are encouraged to wear green.

The Marching Bands of the Argentine Army and Patricios Regiment will also participate in this event, in honor of the Irish born Admiral William (Guillermo) Brown, founder of the Argentine Army.

During the day different shows will be presented on the main stage, including traditional folk dances, music and pipes. A band paying tribute to U2 that will perform their most well known songs. And the Irish singer Rebecca Winckworth will sing typical Irish songs together with Argentine musicians.

This event is organized by the Irish - Argentine Association and the Government of the city of Buenos Aires.

The Irish community in Argentina is one of the largest in the world (calculated in 500,000 people). In recent years the celebration of St Patrick’s Day has been extended to most of the Pubs in Buenos Aires and all Argentina. Click here for a complete program of activities at different pubs throughout the week.

In case of rain the event will be held on March 31st at Plaza Intendente Seeber, Palermo.

Gastronomic Festival of the Foreign Communities - March 2019

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, March 16th of 2019, from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The typical dishes of every region will be offered in more than 70 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 third edition of the "Foreign Communities Cooking Challenge", a contest that will consist of three stages and a final round, 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 Emmanuel Horvilleur.

In case of rain the event will be held on April 6th.

Free entrance

French Street Market in Recoleta - March 2019

On Saturday March 16th and Sunday March 17th, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, another edition of the authentic French Market called "Le Marché" will be installed at Plaza Francia, on Av. Del Libertador between Dr. Luis Agote & Av. Pueyrredón.

Over 25 gastronomic stalls run by some of the most renowned French chefs and restaurants in Argentina will be offering their special dishes. Visitors will have the chance to taste and purchase French bakeries and different specialties from the French cuisine, like Macarons, croissants, éclairs, croque-monsieur, boeuf bourguignon, crêpes, raclette, quiches, onion soup, and much more!

There will be a sector dedicated to French produce, characteristic of the French cuisine, like cheese, cold cuts, bread, mustard, jams, among many other delicacies.

Live French music shows, talks, tastings and activities for kids will be presented during the weekend, celebrating the Francophonie week.

Free entrance
May be suspended in case of rain

Free ballet performances by Teatro Colon ballet company

The Ballet of Teatro Colon, under the direction of Paloma Herrera, will offer a series of performances with free admission to be held in the Amphitheater of Parque Centenario. There will be three mixed programs for all ages on Friday March 1st, Saturday March 2nd, and Sunday March 3rd, 2019 at 7.00 pm.

The program will consist of:
Clear, music by Johann Sebastian Bach, choreography by Stanton Welch and choreography revival by Sean Kelly
The bedroom Pas de Deux and Pas de Trois from Le Corsaire; music by Adolphe Adam, Cesari Pagni, Leo Delibes; choreography by Anna-Maria Holmes;
Grand Pas de Deux and Waltz of Flowers from The Nutcracker, choreography by Rudolf Nureyev, music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaicovsky.

All performances will take place at the Amphitheater of Parque Centenario, located at Pasaje Lillo and Leopoldo Marechal 1000.
Free entry tickets (two per per person) will be given out at the venue two hours before the shows begin. The capacity is limited and lines will surely start to form early.
The performances will be suspended in case of rain.