6th French Week in Buenos Aires

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The French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2014" will take place from September 14th to 21st, 2014, organized by the French-Argentine Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCIFA), and sponsored by the French Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires. 

A series of activities to enjoy French culture, art, gastronomy, fashion, music and architecture, free and open to all, including free guided visits to French buildings and sites in Buenos Aires, a movie festival at Alliance Francaise, make-up and fashion shows, art exhibitions, concerts, and a gastronomic festival.

Some of the most outstanding scheduled activities are:

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm: Joining the celebration of European Heritage Days (Journées européennes du patrimoine), the French Embassy in Argentina will open its doors to the public. This will allow visitors to discover the Palace Ortiz Basualdo (photo), home to the French Embassy since 1939, built by French architect Paul Parter in 1912.
Besides the main entrance and the honor staircase, the public will be invited to visit the reception halls in the first floor, which make the Palace Ortiz Basualdo a significant example of the French influence in the Argentine architecture.
Accessing the second floor, visitors will admire the main dining room, the music room in a Louis XV style with Chinese decoration, the ball room, its mirrors and its painted boards, as well as the XVI century English style winter garden.
The French Embassy is located in Cerrito 1399, Recoleta.
FREE ENTRANCE. An ID is required to enter the Embassy (Passport or DNI).
During these two days a French Market will be installed at Plaza Cataluña, on Cerrito & Arroyo, offering typical French specialties, crafts and live music. 

An authentic French Market will be installed in Buenos Aires, at the . Visitors will have the chance to taste and purchase French bakeries and different specialties of the French cuisine, such as boeuf bourguignon, blanquette de veau, croque-monsieur, crêpes, soupe à l’oignon, cheese, as well as pastries, tarte aux pommes, financiers, macarons, chocolate, viennoiseries, pithiviers, gateau au chocolat, and much more, in over 20 gastronomic stalls.
Sunday, September 14th, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, Av. del Libertador & Dorrego - - Canceled for bad weather
Saturday, September 20th, 10 am to 5.00 pm: Plaza Cataluña, Cerrito & Arroyo

Sunday 14, 3 pm: "Palermo Chico" - Meeting Point: Av. del Libertador & Mariscal Castilla
Monday 15, 3 pm. "Hipodromo de Palermo" - Meeting Point: Av. del Libertador & Dorrego
Tuesday 16, 11 am to 1 pm. Wednesday 17, 11 am: Visit to Lesaffre Argentina Baking Center. Free visit with previous registration at: 011-4833-8000 - info@lesaffre.com.ar
Tuesday 16: "A French retreat" - Meeting point: Av. Quintana & Ortiz
Wednesday 17, 3 pm: "The Botanical Garden" - Meeting Point:: Av. Santa Fe 3951
Thursday 18, 3 pm: "Avenida Alvear" - Meeting Point: Cerrito & Av. Alvear
Friday 19, 3 pm: "Justice Courts Palace" - Limited capacity with previous registration at 4114-5791, Monday to Thursday 10 am to 3 pm - Meeting Point:: Talcahuano 550
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 10.30 am and 2.30 pm: "Parks and Monuments on electric bike" - Limited capacity with previous registration by email: turismoendosruedas@buenosaires.gob.ar. Adults over 18 years old. Meeting Point: Av. Sarmiento & Belisario Roldan, Planetarium.

Several concerts, Opera performances, screenings from the Paris Opera, art exhibitions and conferences will take place during the week. Click here for the complete list of activities.

All the activities are open to the general public, most with free entrance but some of them with a limited capacity and admittance charge.

For more information, complete daily schedules, and registrations, visit "Vivi Francia 2014" official website (in Spanish only).

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