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
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 SCREENINGS WITH ONLINE RESERVATION IN ADVANCE
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.

FREE ADMISSION
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.

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.