7th French Week in Buenos Aires

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The French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2015" will take place from Saturday September 19th to Sunday September 27th, 2015, 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.

The Festival comprises a series of activities to enjoy French culture, art, gastronomy, fashion, music and architecture, free and open to all, including free guided visits to emblematic 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 19th and Sunday 20th, 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 French music:

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm: 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.
Plaza Cataluña, Cerrito & Arroyo
(The market will be suspended in case of rain)

Hipodromo de Palermo: Saturday 26, 3 pm - Meeting Point: Av. del Libertador & Dorrego
Visit to Lesaffre Argentina Baking Center: Tuesday 22, and Wednesday 23, 11:30 am. Free visit with previous registration at: 011-4833-8000 - info@lesaffre.com.ar
The Botanical Garden: Wednesday 23, 3 pm - Meeting Point:: Av. Santa Fe 3951
Avenida Alvear: Thursday 24, 3 pm - Meeting Point: Cerrito & Av. Alvear
Justice Courts Palace: Friday 25, 2:30 pm - Limited capacity with previous registration Mon to Fri 10 am to 3 pm at 4114-5791 - Meeting Point:: Talcahuano 550
Visit to L´Epi bakery: Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, at 5 pm. Thursday 24 at 10 am. Limited capacity with previous registration Mon to Fri 1 pm to 3 pm at 4554-2931 - Meeting Point:: Roseti 1769

Several concerts, screenings, art exhibitions and conferences will take place during the week. All the activities are open to the general public, most with free entrance but some of them with a limited capacity and admittance charge.

Several French restaurants in the city will offer special menus at promotional prices during the week.

On Sunday, September 27th, as closing of the French Week, Lucullus presents the second French Brunch at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo. More than 20 chefs and members of Asociación Gastronómica Francesa en Argentina will offer typical French culinary specialties, at the magnificent gardens and the Official Grandstand of Hipodromo de Palermo.
During the event the Luxury brands Zanotti, Relais Chateaux, Lancôme, Bodega Catena Zapata and Nespresso will raffle prizes of their products.
The price of the Brunch is  AR$950 including drinks. Children 4-12: AR$570. Children under 4 will  not be admitted.
Limited capacity with previous reservation only at this link.

For more information, complete daily schedules, and registrations, visit "Vivi Francia 2015" official website (in Spanish only).

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