ATP Buenos Aires Argentina Open 2019



The ATP Buenos Aires tournament "Argentina Open 2019", will kick off with the Qualifying rounds on Saturday, February 9th and Sunday February 10th. 

The traditional tournament, that is part of the ATP World Tour, will receive some of the greatest world wide tennis players, including Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, Diego Schwartzman, and David Ferrer in his farewell, among others, from February 11th to February 17th, 2019, at the courts of Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

The list of participating players (and ATP ranking) this year includes:

Dominic Thiem - Austria - 8
Fabio Fognini - Italy - 13
Diego Schwartzman - Argentina - 17
Marco Cecchinato - Italy - 20
Pablo Carreño Busta - Spain - 23
Nicolás Jarry - Chile - 43
Joao Sousa - Portugal - 44
Malek Jaziri - Tunisia - 45
Dusan Lajovic - Serbia - 48
Leonardo Mayer - Argentina - 56
Guido Pella - Argentina - 58
Albert Ramos - Spain - 65
Aljaz Bedene - Slovenia - 67
Roberto Carballés - Spain - 73
Maximilian Marterer - Germany - 74
Taro Daniel - Japan - 77
Guido Andreozzi - Argentina - 79
Federico Delbonis - Argentina - 80
Jaume Munar - Spain - 81
David Ferrer - Spain - 126

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES:

Qualification - Free entrance
Saturday 9: from 11 am
Sunday 10: from 11 am 

Monday 11 and Tuesday 12:
From 2.30 pm

Wednesday 13, Thursday 14, Friday 15:
Day matches from 2:30 pm.
Evening matches: 7:00 pm.

Saturday 16:
Semifinals Doubles: 12.00 pm
Semifinals Singles: Not before 2:00 pm

Sunday 17:
Final Doubles: 12:00 pm
Final Singles: Not before 2:00 pm

Location: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. Olleros 1510.
Tickets: On sale though Ticketek or at the venue
More information: Argentina Open official website (in Spanish only).

Free drive-in movies at the Rosedal



As every year, a drive-in movie theater will be set up at the Rosedal (Rose Garden), on Av Libertador & Sarmiento.  On February 7, 8, 9 and 10, from 7.00 pm, the gates will open for the cars to take their places until reaching the full capacity of 300 vehicles. The sound of the movies will be broadcast in stereo on the 107.3 Frequency.
There will also be a sector for spectators without a car, with chairs and hassocks, or visitors can bring their own chairs and blankets.
Food and drinks will be available at the Food Court.

Program

Wednesday, February 6, 8.00 PM
Re Loca (Argentina)

Thursday, February 7, 8.00 PM
Mi obra maestra (Argentina)

Friday, February 8, 8.00 PM
Jurassic World

Saturday, February 9, 8.00 PM
Jumanji

Sunday, February 10, 8.00 PM
Mamma Mia, here we go again

FREE ENTRANCE

Carnaval Porteño - Buenos Aires Carnival 2019



The “Carnaval Porteño 2019” (Buenos Aires Carnival 2019) will take place at different neighborhoods every weekend from Saturday, February 2nd until Sunday, March 3rd, and on Carnaval Holidays, Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th, with the participation of more than 100 "murgas" (carnival bands) and over one thousand drums and percussion instruments.

Murgas and carnival are the artistic expressions of the marginal neighborhoods, their songs and urban folk customs. The lyrics of these songs are called "criticas", and combine the social denunciation with humor and dancing. What identifies the "murga porteña" from others are their costumes (frock coat, gloves, top hat, and stick), the drums with cymbals, and the various traditional rhythms used to differentiate every neighborhood.

The parades will be held on different streets, parks and cultural centers / clubs, all with free entrance to the public. Some of the locations around the city where to watch the parades are:

Street parades:
Almagro: Av. Corrientes between Bulnes and Medrano
Balvanera: Av. Independencia between Pichincha and Sarandi
Boedo Av. Boedo between San Juan and Independencia
Boedo Av. Belgrano between Colombres and Maza
La Boca: Av Pérez Galdós between Av. Pedro de Mendoza and Gaboto
Palermo: Darwin between Cabrera and Gorriti
Saavedra: Av. Garcia del Rio between Conde and Zapiola
Villa Crespo: Av Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz between Av. Corrientes and Padilla

Parks and clubs:
Palermo: Plaza Latinoamericana - Acuña De Figueroa & Costa Rica
Villa Devoto: Plaza Ricchieri - Av. Francisco Beiro between Quevedo and Desaguadero
Colegiales: Polideportivo Colegiales - Freire & Concepción Arenal
San Telmo: Anfiteatro Parque Lezama - Brasil between Defensa and Paseo Colón
Parque Avellaneda: Alvear Club - Rodó & Fernández

Dates and times:
Saturdays: 7 PM to 2 AM
Sundays: 7 PM to 12 AM
Monday, March 4: 7 PM to 2 AM
Tuesday, March 5: 7 PM to 12 AM

All the events are free of charge, and may be canceled in case of rain.

Super Rugby 2019 - Jaguares home matches in Buenos Aires


Super Rugby is one of the most important and exciting international competitions in the world. Being the cradle of All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks in the last twenty years, since 2016 this competition also includes the participation of Argentina with a franchise called JAGUARES, made up of some of the players who are regularly part of the Argentine rugby representative team, the Pumas.

The tournament is structured into a 15-team, three Conference format:

Australian Conference: Brumbies, Rebels, Reds, Waratahs, Sunwolves
New Zealand Conference: Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes
South African Conference: Bulls, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Jaguares

Each team plays 16 regular season Conference matches, 8 home and 8 away. This includes eight matches within their own Conference (home and away) and eight matches against teams from each of the other Conferences (home or away).

These are the home matches that Jaguares will play at home in Buenos Aires, all at Velez Sarsfield Stadium:

February 16: Jaguares vs Lions

February 23: Jaguares vs Bulls

March 2: Jaguares vs Blues

March 30: Jaguares vs Chiefs

April 27: Jaguares vs Brumbies

May 4: Jaguares vs Stormers

June 8: Jaguares vs Sharks

June 12: Jaguares vs Sunwolves

Tickets for all Argentina's local matches on sale through this website.
There are also tours available that include transfers from/to hotel, bilingual guide and ticket for the game. Contact me through this Contact Form to inquire about this service or just if you need help getting your tickets.

Chinese New Year Celebration 2019



A special two-day festival celebrating the start of the Year of the Pig will be held on Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, at the park "Plaza Parques Nacionales Argentinos" located on Av. Figueroa Alcorta between Sucre and Echeverria, in the neighborhood of Belgrano.

This is the most important celebration in the Chinese culture, also known as the Spring Festival. The mega event will feature more than 50 gastronomic and cultural stands where visitors will have the chance to taste typical food and purchase Chinese products.

At the main stage dance and music shows will be presented throughout the weekend, including the traditional Dragon Dance and Lion Dance, as well as demonstrations of Oriental martial arts; and a parade showcasing Traditional Chinese costumes. Tthe Artistic Group of the province of  Zhejiang will be present with different traditional Chinese performances.

On both days all the shops, supermarkets and restaurants of the Chinese Quarter on Arribeños and Juramento St. will be open from 10.00 am, offering their traditional products and street food, and a Gastronomic and Cultural Fair organized by the Taiwanese community.

Free entrance.
Times:
Saturday 2: 12.00 Noon to 10.00 PM
Sunday 3: 12.00 Noon to 9.00 PM
The events will be canceled in case of rain.


Free Open Air Music Festival next to Teatro Colon



The Association “Teatro Colón Historical Center” presents the fifth edition of Plaza del Vaticano Music Festival, that will be held next to Teatro Colón from Monday, February 4th through Sunday, February 10th, 2019, with free entrance to the public.

The Festival, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires and other private institutions, will consist of 10 projections of high class concerts, operas and ballets, from the best productions worldwide, that will be presented on the large high definition outdoor LED screen that is located next to Teatro Colon (photo). Chairs for free use of the public will be installed, to be occupied on a first come-first served basis.

The complete program consists of operas, ballets and concerts, with performances by great artists like Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich, and productions from prestigious companies from all around the world.

PROGRAM

Monday 4
8:00 PM: OPERA
NORMA. Vincenzo Bellini
Musical Direction: Renato Palumbo.
Teatro Colón 2018.
Sponsored by Teatro Colón.
Duration 2:45 hrs.

Tuesday 5
8.00 PM: BALLET
SLEEPING BEAUTY. Sergej Prokovief
Choreography: Giuseppe Picone. Musical Direction: Nicola Giuliani.
Ballet and Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo. 2017.
Sponsored by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Institute of Culture.
Duration: 2:00 hrs.

Wednesday 6
8.00 PM: BALLET
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Choreography: George Balanchine. Costume and Stage design: Christian Lacroix.
Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of Opera National de Paris. Opera de Paris 2017.
Sponsored by the French Embassy and Alliance Française.
Duration: 2:05 hrs.

Thursday 7
8:00 PM: OPERA
CircOpera. Finnish National Opera 2016
Choir and Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera. Direction: Alberto Hold-Garrido.
Circus Choreography: Sanna Silvennoinen. Finnish Ballet.
Sponsored by the Finnish Embassy.
Duration: 01:35 hrs.

9.45 PM: CONCERT
Concert for piano Nº 1 Op.11 in E Minor. Frederic Chopin.
Marta Argerich, piano. Warsaw Symphony Orchestra. Encores Mazurka, Op 24 Nº 2; Schumann Traumeswirren Op. 12 Nº 7.
Direction, J. Kaspszyk. Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland.
Duration: 0:46 hrs.

Friday 6
8:00 PM: CONCERT
Royal Fireworks. Georg F. Handel
Direction: Herve Niquet. Orchestra Le Concert Spirituel. Gardens of the Chambord Castle, France.
Duration: 1:22 hrs.

9.30 PM: CONCERT
Concert for piano Nº5 in E flat Mayor Op.73 L. V. L. B. Beethoven.
Direction and piano: Daniel Barenboim. Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra. Festival Ruhr, Essen, Germany.
Duration: 0:40 hrs.

Saturday 9
8:00 PM: BALLET
THE SWAN LAKE. P.I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Silja Schandorff and Nicolai Hübbe.
Royal Danish Ballet. Royal Danish Theater. 2018
Sponsored by the Danish Embassy.
Duration: 2:30 hrs.

Sunday 10
8:00 PM: CONCERT
Symphony N° 9. L. V. Beethoven
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Musical Direction: Zubin Metha. Choreography: Maurice Bejart. The Tokyo Ballet and Bejart Ballet Lausanne. NHK Hall Tokio.
Duration: 1:27 hrs.

9:30 PM: ARGENTUM
Musical show presented at the Buenos Aires G20 Summit 2018. Teatro Colón 2018.
Duration: 0:45 hrs

FREE ENTRANCE
Location: Plaza del Vaticano (Vatican Square) Cerrito & Viamonte (Next to Teatro Colon)
THE PROJECTIONS WILL BE CANCELED IN CASE OF RAIN

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.

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 permanent bilingual host, provided the leading companies in football tours. Contact me and make your reservation!

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
Friday 15: Velez Sarfield Vs Colon
Saturday 16: San Lorenzo vs. Newells Old Boys
Sunday 17: Banfield vs. River Plate
Sunday 17: Boca Juniors vs. Lanus
Monday 18: Racing Club Vs Godoy Cruz
Wednesday 29: Boca Juniors vs Atletico Tucuman
Friday 22: Lanus Vs Rosario Central
Saturday 23: Huracan vs. Union
Saturday 23: Independiente Vs Racing Club
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.