Festival celebrating the friendship between Argentina and Japan

On Sunday, August 19th, 2018, the Japanese Garden of Buenos Aires presents an open air Festival commemorating the 120 years of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Trade and Navigation between Argentina and Japan, with the participation of artistic groups from the Japanese community in Argentina.

On this day the Japanese Garden will open its doors with free entrance to the public, from 10 am to 6 pm. During the day different dance groups, singers and music bands representing the Japanese community together with Argentine folk groups will offer their shows on the main stage on Ave Berro between Av. Sarmiento and Casares - which will be closed to the traffic - and inside the Garden.


Stage on Ave. Berro:
11.00 am: Inaugural Act
11.40 am - 11.55 am: Songs by Ru Inchausti
12.10 pm - 12.30 pm: Taiko by Mukaito Taiko.
12.40 pm to 1.25 pm: Geki – Recreation of Argentine-Japanese friendship.
2.00 pm - 2.15 pm: Argentine Folk Dances by Ballet Zapukay
3.20 pm - 3.35 pm: Songs by Romina Shimabukuro
3.40 pm - 3.55 pm: Argentine Folk Dances by Compañía de Arte Argentino
5.00 pm - 5.40 pm: Closing of the event. Taiko Show by Ryukyu Koku Matsuri Daiko and Mukaito Taiko.

Stage inside the Japanese Garden:
2.40 pm - 3.00 pm: Grupo Corimayo, Tango and Ballads. With Hiro Hanashiro and Gisele Sasaki
4.15 pm - 4.35 pm: Odori and Uta (Japanese songs and dance) by Asociación Japonesa Burzaco

Typical Japanese products and food will be on sale at more the stands.

This Festival is organized by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, the Argentine-Japanese Cultural Foundation, and sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in Argentina and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

In case of ran the event will be suspended.

Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

The Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 will kick off on Saturday, October 6th, at 8.00 pm local time, with the opening ceremony, that will be held for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games outside a stadium. In the center of Buenos Aires, on Av. 9 de Julio and with the Obelisk as the iconic backdrop, Buenos Aires 2018 will begin.

The Argentine theater company, Fuerza Bruta, which has captivated the global public with innovative shows that challenge the senses, will oversee the ceremony’s artistic direction. More than 350 people, including actors, technicians and musicians, will be part of Fuerza Bruta's performance team. 

On October 7th, the action will move to the Olympic Parks and Venues in different locations across the city. Buenos Aires 2018 will be the scenario for 32 sports and 36 disciplines. It will be the debut of karate, sport climbing, breaking, roller speed skating, futsal, kiteboarding, beach handball and BMX freestyle. There will be 286 high adrenaline sport sessions and 1250 medals will be awarded during the 12 days of the competition. The closing ceremony will be on October 18th.

To be able to enter the stadiums and watch the best 4,012 young athletes on the planet in action, a Youth Olympic Pass is mandatory. The Youth Olympic Pass presented by Samsung is an electronic bracelet that will allow the public to enter for free all four Youth Olympic Parks, stadiums and stand-alone venues every day; attend the sports competitions; and participate in over 1,200 cultural and educational activities.

In order to obtain the Pass registration is required through this link.

The Pass will not guarantee access to all venues, sports competitions and activities as the four Parks of Buenos Aires 2018 will have a limited capacity. The admission will be on a strict “first-come, first-served” basis: after the maximum capacity is reached, admission will not be allowed.

The Pass is individual, non-transferable and free of charge.

Once registration is complete, you must collect your Pass at one of the Pick-Up Points to make sure that you get your bracelet. Remember that the amount is limited. Registration will not guarantee that you will get your Youth Olympic Pass if you do not pick it up on time.

For more information on complete schedules, venues, disciplines and other news visit Buenos Aires 2018 official website.

2018 Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Tango Dance World Cup

The 2018 Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Tango Dance World Cup will be held between August 9th and August 22nd, 2018,  featuring more than 200 shows and free activities including concerts and dance performances, popular "milongas", shows, conferences and clinics, exhibition and sale of products, dance classes in various levels and styles, and the competition for the Tango Dance World Cup, with the participation of the best couples of dancers from Argentina and the world.

The Great Opening of the 2018 Festival will be on Thursday, August 9th at Usina del Arte, with a concert at 8.00 pm featuring maestro Néstor Marconi and the different generations of tango. Musicians of diverse ages will join the great artist on stage to play original arrangements for bandoneon duo, trio and quartet.

This year the Festival will celebrate Mariano Mores in the 100th anniversary of his birth with a concert by his grandson, Gabriel Mores. International artists that have embraced Tango in their countries will be present to perform at the Festival, coming from Belgium, Japan and Norway.

Many other concerts will be held at different venues during the Festival, including cultural centers, notable bars and theaters. Throughout the World Tango Festival classes of different levels and styles will be given by renowned dancers and instructors from recognized schools, all free of charge.

This is the celebration that makes Buenos Aires the mecca for tango dancers around the world. The event rewards the best couples in the Tango de Pista category, which stresses the social dance as a practice rooted in Buenos Aires, and Tango Escenario, which aims to enrich the dance from a choreographic point of view. Starting on Monday, August 13th, more than 500 couples from around the world measure their talents in this competition.

The qualifying rounds start on Monday 13th at 11 am at the Auditorium of Usina del Arte. On Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th the competition is for Tango de Pista. On Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th, Tango Escenario. No advanced tickets are required, but the admittance will be by a strict first come-first served basis until reaching the full capacity of the Hall.

On Friday 17, at 6.00 pm, at the Auditorium of Usina del Arte, there will be a Gala with the participation of the National and International champions of the 2018 Preliminaries, as well as concert by Orquesta Típica Sans Souci, and an exhibition by Vanesa Villalba & Facundo Piñero. Free tickets for this event will be given out 2 hours before the start of the show at the Information Stand of the venue.

The semifinals will take place at Usina del Arte. Tango de Pista: Saturday 18th; Tango Escenario: Sunday 19th; both at 10.00 am. Free tickets have to be picked up 1 hour before the start of the show at the Information Stand.  A maximum of 2 (two) tickets will be available per person until venue capacity is reached.

The World Cup culminates in two major Finals: Tango de Pista on Tuesday 21st, and Tango Escenario on Wednesday 22nd, both at 7.00 pm, at Luna Park Stadium. Free tickets for these two events will be available for pick-up on Friday, August 17th from 11.00 am at Usina del Arte. 2 (two) tickets for each event will be given out per person until reaching the capacity of 10,000 seats.

Admission to all the activities and shows of the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and World Cup is free.
Tickets for the shows held at the Usina del Arte (Sala de Cámara and Auditorio), Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo, Auditorio de Belgrano, Teatro Margarita Xirgu - Espacio UNTREF and La Academia Tango Club can be picked up 2 hours before showtime at the venue’s Information Desk. A maximum of 2 (two) tickets will be available per person until venue capacity is reached.
Tickets for the shows at the Espacio Cultural Julián Centeya, Espacio Cultural Carlos Gardel, Espacio Cultural Adán Buenosayres, Espacio Cultural Resurgimiento, Pista Urbana, Teatro Monteviejo, Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken, Museo Casa Carlos Gardel, Academia Nacional del Tango and Academia Porteña del Lunfardo can be picked up 1 hour before showtime at the venue’s Information Desk. A maximum of 1 (one) ticket will be available per person until venue capacity is reached.
For the Clinics at Sala de Cámara of Usina del Arte, no advance registration is required. Admission is with tickets that will be given out 1 (one) hour before start time at the Information Stand of Usina del Arte.
For Dance Classes that require advance registration, participants must register at buenosaires.gob.ar/festivales. They need to arrive 30 minutes before start time at the Information Desk of the Salón de Clases in Usina del Arte. Those who were unable to register in advance may put their name on a waiting list at the Information Desk and participate according to available places.

For more information, address of all venues, and complete day by day schedules, visit Tango Buenos Aires official website.

XX Encuentros Abiertos - Festival de la Luz (Festival of Light) Photography Festival

CCK Exhibition Center
The XX Encuentros Abiertos - Festival de la Luz (Festival of Light), will be held from August 3rd through September 28th, 2018 in Museums, Cultural Centers, Galleries and Art Venues in different cities in Argentina. The works by 350 artists from 30 countries will be presented at 18 provinces, 88 exhibition spaces between national and provincial museums, galleries and cultural centers that participate in this festival of photography

Festival de la Luz is the most important photography biennial exhibition in Latin America., consisting of several photographic activities, all of them free of charge, except the Portfolios Forum.

The activities will be divided into different groups:

Exhibitions: Photographic exhibitions at museums and cultural centers around the country.
Lectures: conferences and round tables specialized on Art Photography and their contemporary topics. 
Portfolio´s Forum: a meeting place between photographers and curators, that can help artists with their work. National and international curators, collectors, editors, directors of spaces of art and festivals, which can exhibit, publish or acquire their works.
Workshops: dictated for national and international experts.

The Festival of Light is an international collaboration of more than 20 photography festivals around the world. This cooperation has a common website: www.festivaloflight.net, and a continuous exchange of exhibitions, activities and participants. The Festival of Light - FOL is integrated by the cities of: Aleppo, Atlanta, Ballarat, Bamako, Braga, Brasilia, Bratislava, Buenos Aires, Derby, Cracovia, Houston, Kaunas, Lodz, Luxembourg, Mexico, Montreal, Moscow, Odense, Paris, Portland, Porto Alegre, Tampere, Tenerife, Thessaloniki, Toronto.

For more information on exhibitions, schedules and venues, visit Festival de la Luz official website

Football Soccer in Buenos Aires: Calendar of matches August - December 2018

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

Don't miss the opportunity of attending one of these exciting games the easiest and safest way, with a service that includes tickets, transfers, and bilingual host, provided by local leading companies specialized in football tours. Contact me and make your reservation!

AUGUST 2018Wednesday 1: Banfield vs. Boston River (Uruguay) - Copa Sudamericana 2018
Wednesday 8: Boca Juniors vs. Libertad (Paraguay) - Copa Libertadores 2018
Friday 10: Velez Sarfield Vs Newells Old Boys
Sunday 12: Boca Juniors vs Talleres
Sunday 12: Huracan Vs River Plate
Saturday 18: River Plate Vs Belgrano
Sunday 19: Racing Club Vs Velez Sarfield
Friday 24: Independiente Vs Defensa Y Justicia
Saturday 25: River Plate Vs Argentinos Juniors
Sunday 26: Huracan Vs Boca Juniors
Tuesday 28: Independiente vs. Santos de Brasil - Copa Libertadores 2018
Wednesday 29: River Plate vs Racing Club - Copa Libertadores 2018
Friday 31: Argentinos Juniors Vs Lanus

Saturday 1: San Lorenzo Vs River Plate
Sunday 2: Racing Club Vs Rosario Central
Sunday 2: Boca Juniors vs Velez Sarsfield
Saturday 15: Argentinos Juniors Vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 16: River Plate Vs San Martin
Saturday 22: Racing Club Vs Union
Sunday 23: Boca Juniors vs River Plate
Sunday 23: San Lorenzo Vs Patronato
Saturday 29: Independiente Vs Tigre
Sunday 30: Lanus Vs River Plate
Sunday 30: Boca Juniors vs Colon

Saturday 6: Racing Club Vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 7: River Plate Vs Defensa Y Justicia
Saturday 20: Independiente Vs Huracan
Sunday 21: San Lorenzo Vs San Martin
Sunday 21: Boca Junirs vs Rosario Central
Saturday 27: Racing Club Vs San Lorenzo
Sunday 28: River Plate Vs Aldosivi

Saturday 3: Racing Club Vs Newells Old Boys
Sunday 4: Boca Juniors vs Tigre
Sunday 4: Estudiantes de La Plata Vs River Plate
Saturday 10: Independiente Vs Belgrano
Sunday 11: River Plate Vs Union
Saturday 24: Racing Club Vs Banfield
Sunday 25: San Lorenzo Vs Huracan
Sunday 25: Boca Juniors vs Patronato

Saturday 1: Independiente Vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 2: River Plate Vs Gimnasia de La Plata
Saturday 8: Racing Club Vs San Martin
Sunday 9: San Lorenzo Vs Estudiantes de La Plata
Sunday 9: Boca Juniors vs C.A. Tucuman

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.

Polo: Official 2018 Spring Season

The Argentine Polo Association (AAP) has announced the complete Schedule of tournaments in the Official 2018 Spring Polo Season. The program includes the most important Polo tournaments worldwide, which make up the prestigious Triple Crown of Polo: Tortugas Country Club OpenHurlingham Club Open - the oldest Polo tournament in the world; and the world-class Argentine Open Championship, played every year at the Cathedral of Polo in Palermo.

The most important championships in the 2018 AAP Spring Polo Season are:

Duke of Edinburgh and Coronel Francisco Reyes Carrere Cups
Organized by: San Jorge Club, in AAP (Pilar) and Hurlingham (province of Buenos Aires).
From August 29. Final: Saturday, September 8 at Palermo Polo Field 

Organized by Buenos Aires Jockey Club. San Isidro (Province of Buenos Aires)
September 10 - 22

Organized by Argentine Polo Association
September 24 to October 4

Emilio de Anchorena Cup
Organized by Tortugas Country Club. Tortuguitas (Province of Buenos Aires)
September 25 to October 6

The Ayrshire Cup
Organized by Hurlingham Club. Hurlingham (Province of Buenos Aires)
October 9 to November 3

Organized by Argentine Polo Association
November 10 to December 15
Palermo Polo Field

Organized by Argentine Polo Association
24 goal teams and over.
November 26 to December 14

Organized by Argentine Polo Association
19 to 23 goal teams
From November 14

Organized by Argentine Polo Association 
13 to 18 goal teams.
From November 13

Schedule subject to modifications. Please check periodically on this post online for updates on exact dates and additional matches.

Don´t miss the opportunity of attending one of these world class events. Contact me through this Contact Form or by email to: sandra@batravelguide.com to inquire about the VIP Hospitality Services or our Exclusive Polo Experience including transfers and specialized guide, if you need help getting tickets, or to arrange for private transportation to the clubs.

Culinary Week and French Street Market celebrating the French Revolution


A series of activities organized by Lucullus, the French Gastronomic Association in Argentina, will take place between July 10th and July 15th, 2018 for the celebration of the French Revolution.

Some of the best French restaurants, bakeries, creperies and patisseries in Buenos Aires will participate in the French Revolution Week called "Cuisine et Liberte" offering promotional prices on typical French products and exclusive menus.

In the Bread Route a group of selected French bakeries around the city will present their star products for a taste of the best French specialties.

Special menus will be offered at La Bourgogne (as a farewell before its closing); Hotel Club Frances; Fleur de Sel; Ureña; Villa Ocampo; Un Dos Crêpes; Le Bistrot par Le Beaujolais; Pulpería Quilapán; Paris Burger; Le Troquet de Henri; Frenchie; Merci; Wine Force.

As a special promotion, visitors will be able to pick up the card "Degusta la Paris de Sudamerica" at any of the participating shops. After visiting at least 5 of these venues they will receive a special gift from Lucullus.

For more information about participating restaurants, menus and reservations, visit Lucullus website.

As closing of the events, on Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the French Market called "Le Marché" will be installed at Plaza Francia, on Av. del Libertador & Av. PueyrredonPLAZA REPUBLICA DEL PERÚ (NEXT TO MALBA) - SALGUERO Y AV. FIGUEROA ALCORTA, Recoleta, with over 25 gastronomic stalls run by some of the most renowned French chefs and restaurants in Argentina, with free entrance to the public.

Visitors will have the chance to taste and purchase French bakeries and different specialties from the French cuisine, like: crêpes, soupe à l’oignon, boeuf bourguignon, quiches, croque-monsieur, macarons, éclairs, canelés, moelleux au chocolat; petit salé aux lentilles, quenelles, chicken waterzoi, cassoulet; cheese, cold cuts, home made terrines, wines, bread, chocolates… and much more.

* The street market may be suspended in case of rain

Free open air concert by Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra

The great Argentinian born pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, in front of the Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra, will offer a spectacular concert, with free entrance to the public, on Saturday, July 21st, 2018, at 1.30 pm.

The open air concert will take place at Plaza Vaticano, next to Teatro Colón, on Viamonte and Cerrito, with chairs for the public (available on a first come first served basis), standing sector, and a large screen.

The musical program will consist of works by Gioachino Rossini, Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinski.

This concert is part of the Festival Barenboim that is taking place at Teatro Colon and CCK.

The open air concert may be suspended in case of rain.

Exposición Rural 2018: Annual Exhibition of Cattle Breeding, Agriculture and International Industry

The traditional Livestock and Agriculture Exhibition ("La Rural"), held every year in Buenos Aires for over a century, is one of the most important of its kind worldwide, bringing together more than a million visitors among producers, tourists and general public. 

In this year's edition, that will take place from July 18th through July 29th, more than 4500 animal exhibitors and 400 commercial brands will be showing their products: laboratories, leather goods, banks, automotive industries, farm machinery, and providers of services and goods for the agricultural industry.

Visitors will have the opportunity to attend the many activities that take place every day during the Fair, such as:

° Cattle and equine competitions
° Cattle and equine auctions
° Cattle and horse breed exhibitions
° Traditional folk costumes contests
° Rein skills
° Polo exhibitions
° Indoor Pato (Horseball) exhibition
° Show jumping competitions
° Carriage exhibitions
° Military bands
° Farm machinery exhibition
° Live music shows
° Activities and workshops for kids

As well as exhibitions of all kinds of farm animals, sale of Argentine crafts, folk shows, and tastings of traditional products at the exhibition´s pavilions.

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Dates: July 18th through July 29th, 2018
Opening hours: Every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
Entry fees: 
Monday to Friday: AR$ 120
Saturday and Sunday: AR$ 150
Seniors and Pensioners: Monday and Tuesday: Free - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: AR$75
Children under 8: Free
Exposicion Rural official website

Gourmet Festival, World Cup and Horse Racing at Hipodromo de Palermo

A new edition of the Gourmet Festival “Apetito” will take place on Saturday July 14th and Sunday July 15th, 2018, from 11 am to 11 pm, at Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo (Av. del Libertador & Dorrego).

The best cooks and beer brewers will get together with more than 30 food trucks offering hamburgers, crepes, pulled, pork, bagels, Mexican food, empanadas, fish, vegetarian food, pizzas, smoothies, hot dogs, ice cream, coffee, artisan beer, and much more!

At the giant screen visitors will be able to watch the Third Place play-off and Final matches of Russia World Cup 2018, with games and entertainment for the whole family:

Saturday 14th - 11 am: Third place play-off - Belgium vs England
Sunday 15th - 12 pm: Final - France vs Croatia

On Sunday 15th from 3 pm to 8 pm visitors will have the chance to enjoy the horse races of the day.

All the events are with free entrance to the public.
Hipodromo de Palermo, Av. del Libertador & Dorrego.

* The Gourmet Festival may be suspended in case of rain.