FIBA - International Performing Arts Festival 2019



Organized by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, the International Performing Arts Festival of Buenos Aires (12° Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires - FIBA), will take place between January 23rd  and February 3rd, 2019.

FIBA takes place every two years, featuring diverse artistic expressions through contemporary theater, dance and musical theater. FIBA offers special free activities such us open talks with artists, workshops and masterclasses, films, and books presentations, and the Germán Rozenmacher Award for New Playwriting.
In addition to the line-up of outstanding international guest artists and national productions, there will be many performances in outdoor public spaces at the new sections introduced this year: the Abasto Marathon, with a varied array of cultural and gastronomic offerings in this neighborhood that is a traditional hub of independent theater, and Ciudanza, a space for dancers to take over urban landscapes, bringing the art of movement close to the audience.

FIBA SECTIONS:

International Productions:
The 12° FIBA will kick off in grand style, with an international production: The New Colossus. Directed by Tim Robbins, Oscar-winning actor for his performance in Mystic River, the play will be performed on January 23rd at 8.30 pm at Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario.
Other international productions that will be presented during the Festival are: Atlas des Kommunismus (Germany), a production from the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin; La desnudez (Spain); Macbettu (Italy) by Compagnia Teatropersona.

National Productions:
A total of 32 national productions, including shows presented by institutions like Centro Cultural Recoleta, Centrro Cultural San Martín, Centro Cultural Rector Ricardo Rojas, Proteatro, Instituto Nacional del Teatro.

Abasto Marathon:
On January 24 and 25, from 6.00 pm to 2.00 am the Abasto Marathon will offer an array of shows outdoors and at traditional theatres in the porteño neighbourhood.
Within the framework of FIBA, Abasto will become an open-air stage bringing a new section to life. This local neighborhood with a long tradition for independent theater and performing arts will offer a myriad of shows in and outdoors.
In addition to the variety of shows at playhouses in the area, in the streets there will be music, dance, visual arts, interdisciplinary performances and interventions in houses, roofs and shops. Apart from the long list of cultural activities, offered with free admission, a number of bars and restaurants will join in with an array of artistic and gastronomic offerings. Some activities will require registration online.

Ciudanza:
Joining FIBA this year, this section will offer performances in diverse urban settings across Buenos Aires. On February 1, 2 and 3, dancers will perform in outdoor public spaces: Parque de la Estación (Balvanera), Parque Centenario (Caballito) and Parque Chacabuco.
With the idea of bringing dance close to the audience and promoting the creativity of choreographers,  a series of short performances will be held in unusual architectonic spaces such as staircases, cliffs, pergolas and all kinds of urban furniture that could be used as a stage.

TICKETS:
For the International and National shows, you can buy your tickets as of January 15th, online at: buenosaires.gob.ar/festivales 

Or in person at:

From January 15 to 22:
Casa de la Cultura - Av. de Mayo 575, from 10 am to 8 pm

From January 23 to February 3:
Teatro San Martín - Av. Corrientes 1530, from 10 am to 8 pm
Centro Cultural Recoleta - Junín 1930, from 12 noon to 8 pm
Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo - Av. Triunvirato 4444, from 12 noon to 8 pm
Teatro El Cubo - Zelaya 3053, from 4 pm to 9 pm

Ticket price:
National shows: AR$120
International shows: AR$280
Some of the activities are free of charge but require collection of free tickets in advance.

For more information on locations, and day by day program, visit FIBA 2019 official website.

Football Soccer in Buenos Aires - Calendar of matches January - May 2019


The fixture of football (soccer) matches in Buenos Aires for the first half of the year 2019 has been announced. It comprises the matches in the local 1st Division Tournaments, and the international tournaments "Copa Libertadores" and "Copa Sudamericana" 2019.

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JANUARY 2019
Saturday 19: River Plate vs. Defensa Y Justicia
Sunday 20: San Lorenzo vs. Huracan
Wednesday 23: River Plate vs. Union
Friday 25: Banfield vs. San Martin
Saturday 26: Huracan vs. Rosario Central
Sunday 27: River Plate vs. Patronato
Monday 28: Estudiantes vs. Velez Sarfield

FEBRUARY 2019
Saturday 2: San Lorenzo vs. Independiente
Sunday 3: Velez Sarsfield vs. River Plate
Sunday 3: Boca Juniors vs Godoy Cruz
Sunday 3: Racing vs. Huracan
Friday 8: Huracan vs. Velez Sarsfield
Saturday 9: Independiente vs. Union
Sunday 10: River Plate vs. Racing Club
Saturday 16: San Lorenzo vs. Newells Old Boys
Sunday 17: Banfield vs. River Plate
Sunday 17: Boca Juniors vs. Lanus
Saturday 23: Huracan vs. Union
Sunday 24: River Plate vs. San Martin
Wednesday 27: Racing Club vs. Corinthians (Brazil) - Copa Sudamericana

MARCH 2019
Friday 1: San Lorenzo vs. Argentinos Juniors
Saturday 2: River Plate vs. Newells Old Boys
Sunday 3: Racing Club vs. Estudiantes
Monday 4: Velez Sarsfield vs. Tigre
Thursday 7: Huracan vs. Cruzeiro (Brazil) - Copa Libertadores de América
Friday 8: Lanus vs San Martin
Saturday 9: Boca Juniors vs San Lorenzo
Sunday 10: Independiente vs. Aldosivi
Monday 11: Argentinos Juniors vs. Velez Sarsfield
Tuesday 12: Boca Juniors vs Tolima (Colombia) - Copa Libertadores de America
Wednesday 13: San Lorenzo vs. Junior (Colombia) - Copa Libertadores de América
Saturday 16: Racing vs Belgrano
Sunday 17: River Plate vs. Independiente
Monday 18: Huracan vs Estudiantes
Tuesday 26: San Lorenzo vs. Palmeiras (Brazil) - Copa Libertadores de América
Friday 29: Estudiantes vs. San Martin
Saturday 30: Independiente vs. Velez Sarsfield
Sunday 31: Boca Juniors vs. Banfield
Sunday 31: Argentinos Jrs. vs. Rosario Central

APRIL 2019
Wednesday 3: Independiente vs. Binacional (Peru) - Copa Sudamericana
Thursday 4: Argentinos Juniors vs. Merida (Venezuela) - Copa Sudamericana
Saturday 6: Velez Sarsfield vs. Lanus
Sunday 7: River Plate vs. Tigre
Tuesday 9: San Lorenzo vs. TBA - Copa Libertadores de América
Wednesday 10: Boca Juniors vs. Wilstermann (Bolivia) - Copa Libertadores de América
Tuesday 23: Huracan vs. Emelec (Ecuador) - Copa Libertadores de América

MAY 2019
Wednesday 8: Huracan vs. Deportivo Lara (Venezuela) - Copa Libertadores de América
Thursday 9: Boca Juniors vs. Paranaense (Brazil) - 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.

Season's Greetings


77th Argentine Pato (Horseball) Championship


Photo: Stefanie Lis Photography

The Final of the 77th Argentine Pato (Horseball) Championship (Abierto Argentino de Pato), the most important tournament of this sport in Argentina, will take place on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 at Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo, at 4.00 PM, with the participation of the two best teams of our National Sport, El Siasgo Vetifarma vs. General Las Heras La Blanquita Agropharma.

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$150. On sale at the stadium on the same day, from 2 pm.

Free Open Air Concert by Teatro Colon Orchestra


Photo: Teatro Colon

Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires will offer a special concert celebrating the End of the Year 2018 on Saturday, December 22nd, starting at 6.00 PM, with a free, open air concert next to the Rose Garden of Buenos Aires, on Avenida del Libertador & Av. Sarmiento.

The Permanent Orchestra of Teatro Colon, under the direction of maestro Enrique Arturo Diemecke, together with the Permanent Choir, with the direction of Miguel Martínez, and outstanding soloists, will offer a fantastic show for the whole family, presenting works by Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Giuseppe Verdi, Ludwig van Beethoven, among others.

The show will be open by the Orchestra of the Art Institute of Teatro Colon and the Children's Choir. 

Musical Program

Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
Die Fledermaus Overture

Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
The Emperor Waltz Op. 437

Franz Lehár (1870 -1948)
The Merry Widow Overture

Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214

Franz Von Suppé (1819 – 1895)
Queen of Spades Overture

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
Va, pensiero from the Opera Nabucco

Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
The Blue Danube Op.34

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Symphony Nº 9 in D minor, op. 125, "Choral"
4th movement (Presto - Allegro assai)
With: Daniela Tabernig (Soprano); Alejandra Malvino (Mezzo soprano); Fermín Prieto (Tenor); 
Christian Peregrino (Bass).

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
Brindisi fron the Opera La Traviata

FREE ACCESS
May be suspended in case of rain.

Teatro Colon 2019 Season


The prestigious TEATRO COLON OF BUENOS AIRES, one of the most important Opera Houses in the world, has announced its 2019 SEASON PROGRAM.

For the first time the Season will start with a summer program for children called Disney in Concert, on February 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2019. With musical direction by Enrique Arturo Diemecke in front of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, the families will enjoy the music from great Disney movies like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Lion King, among others, with the special participation of Disney’s characters live, accompanied by projections, dancers, singers, and other special surprises.
Tickets for these performances are already on sale through this link.

OPERA

The Opera Season will present 8 titles, featuring: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, A Streetcar named Desire by André Previn, Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, Ariadna in Naxos by Richard Strauss, L'incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi, Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, Orfeo & Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck, and the Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

RIGOLETTO
MARCH 12,13,15,16,17,19,20,22

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
MAY 7,10,12,14

TURANDOT
JUNE 25,26,28,29,30. JULY 2,3,5,6,7

ARIADNA IN NAXOS
JULY 26,31. AUGUST 2,4

L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA
AUGUST 30. SEPTEMBER 1,3,4

DON PASQUALE
SEPTEMBER 24,25,27,28,29. OCTOBER 1,2

ORFEO & EURÍDICE
NOVEMBER 8,9,10,12

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
NOVEMBER 29,30. DECEMBER 1,4,6,7

BALLET

The Permanent Ballet under the direction of Paloma Herrera, will present 6 titles including classics like Don Quixote - with Bolshoi’s first dancer Evgenia Obraztsova together with Isaac Hernández from the English National Ballet-, and The Corsair; a mix program with music by Tchaikovsky, Bach and Bernstein and choreography by Balanchine, Welch and Robbins; La Sylphide with the guest first dancers from the American Ballet Theatre Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo; Cinderella; and a new production by Teatro Colón with choreography by Mario Galizzi: The Swan Lake.

DON QUIXOTE
APRIL 3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,14

THE CORSAIR
MAY 30,31. JUNE 1,2

CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY NIGHT
JUNE 5,6,7,8,9

LA SYLPHIDE
AGOUST 20,21,22,23,24,25,27

CINDERELLA
OCTOBER 19,20,22,23,24,25,26

THE SWAN LAKE
DECEMBER 17,18,19,20,21,22,26,27,28,29

CONCERTS

The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra (OFBA), conducted 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: Alexander Romanovsky (piano), Sharon Ishbin (guitar), Filippo Gamba (piano), Alexander Anissimov (director), Horacio Lavandera (piano), Emmanuele Baldini (director and violin), Pacho Flores (trumpet), Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano), John Axelrod (director), Katia and Marielle Labèque (pianists), Andreas Martin Hofmeir, among others.

INTERNATIONAL GUEST PERFORMERS

The series of Great International Performers will consist of 7 concerts and recitals, with the London Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Sir Simon Rattle; the mezzo soprano Elena Garanča; The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Metha will offer three performances, with pianist Martha Argerich as guest soloist on July 27th*; the soprano Aida Garifullina together with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic orchestra; Thomas Hampson with Luca Pisaroni; violin player Anne-Sophie Mutter; and the English Baroque Soloists together with former conductor John Elliot Gardiner.

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MAY 18,19

ELINA GARANČA
JUNE 19

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
JULY 27*,28,30

AÍDA GARIFULLINA
AUGUST 16

NO TENORS ALLOWED
OCTOBER 4

ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER & THE MUTTER VIRTUOSI
NOVEMBER 1

ENGLISH BAROQUE SOLOISTS
NOVEMBER 13

SINFONICO CORAL

The 2019 season will also feature 3 Symphonic-Choral concerts, presenting the Permanent Choir together with the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Children’s Choir and the Permanent Orchestra, with works by Mozart, Caamaño and Berlioz.

CHAMBER SUNDAYS

Domingos de Camara - Intérpretes Argentinos. A Series of FREE concerts on determined Sundays at 11 am, by renowned Argentine chamber groups at the main concert hall of Teatro Colón.
Free tickets must be picked up the previous Friday, from 9 am to 8 pm. Only 2 tickets per person will be given out, limited to the theater's capacity.

The 2019 Season will come complete with the program Colón Contemporáneo (contemporary works); ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón) Concerts, a series of performances for kids and the whole family (Colon Para Chicos); the concert series Colon en La Ciudad with concerts at different locations around the city; and the concerts performed at the Theater by private musical organizations like Mozarteum Argentino.

The complete 2019 Program can be downloaded on this link (available in Spanish only).

TICKETS:
Only Yearly Subscriptions will be on sale until February 18th.
Individual tickets for all the performances will on sale from Monday, February 18th, 2019 at the Theater's box office: Tucuman 1171
Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sundays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

For more information, visit Teatro Colón official website.



Sabor USA Argentina American Food Week 2018



The third edition of Sabor USA Argentina Food Week, a gastronomic event that celebrates the best of the contemporary American cuisine, will be held in Buenos Aires from December 8th to December 15th, 2018

More than 70 restaurants in the cities of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, San Juan and Rosario, will offer menus at special prices representing the typical dishes of the USA, this  year inspired in the Miami food scene, a city known by the diversity and mix of flavors of its gastronomy.

American and Argentine chefs will offer the opportunity to enjoy classics like Buffalo chicken wings,  Pork Tomahawk, Hamburgers, apple pie, New York style cheesecake, Carrot cake, and much more!

Sabor USA Argentina Food Week is organized by the American Embassy in Argentina and the Association of Hotels, Restaurants, and Coffee shops. 

Click here to see all the participating restaurants and menus (all prices are in Argentine Pesos).


Christmas Fair at the British Ambassador's Residence


British Ambassador's Residence

The British Community Council in Argentina (ABCC) presents the annual "Christmas Fair", that will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018, in the Gardens of the British Ambassador's Residence in Buenos Aires, with entrance on Newton 2575, Recoleta, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

This charity event is a great opportunity to purchase all your Christmas presents at the Artisans' Fair, while spending a nice day with the whole family, enjoying the visit of Santa Claus, Santa's Elves, Carroll Singing, raffles, surprises, and much more. Food and beverages will be available.

Entrance: AR$100 contribution. Children under 12 free.
ID must be presented at the door for entrance.

To be suspended in case of rain.
For more information, visit the ABCC website.

La Gran Milonga Nacional 2018 - 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 8th, 2018.

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, “Típica De Angelis”, “Varela Tango”, “Piazzola Tango Show”, “Cuarteto Mulenga”, “Típica Suburbana” and “Canyengue”,

Free entrance. Suspended in case of rain.

Italian Festival Al Dente 2018



The sixth edition of the gastronomic, artistic and cultural festival "Al Dente! Día de la Italianidad en Argentina" will be held on Saturday, December 8th, from 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM and Sunday, December 9th, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in the neighborhood of Colegiales, next to the Flea Market on Av. Dorrego and Enrique Martínez, with free access to the public

"Al Dente!" is a celebration of the Italian gastronomy, that also features cultural, artistic and musical activities. Communal tables, activities for kids, food trucks with vegan and gluten free options, more than 40 market stalls offering Italian and Argentinian products are some of the attractions of Festival Al Dente!

Several musical shows will be presented all day during the weekend at the main stage. This year the Cosmic Vegan Fest, which started in Italy in 2013, will be present at the Festival with healthy activities.

All visitors are invited to bring a toy, that will be donated as a Christmas gift for the oncology patients at the Children's Hospitals Pedro Elizalde, Juan P. Garrahan and Ricardo Gutiérrez. The toys must be wrapped but they cannot include any stuffed toys or play dough since these are not authorized for patients undergoing chemotherapy.