French Week in Buenos Aires 2016

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The French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2016" will take place from Saturday September 17th to Sunday September 25th, 2016, 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, with a series of activities to enjoy French culture, art, gastronomy, fashion, music and architecture, free and open to all.

Some of the most outstanding scheduled activities are:

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, 10:00 am to 6:00 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.

During these two days a French Market will be installed next to the Embassy, on Cerrito & Arroyo, offering typical French specialties, crafts and live French music:

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm: 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.
Cerrito & Arroyo
(The market will be suspended in case of rain)


Palacio San Martin: Arenales 761. Tuesday 20, 3 pm
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at:

Palacio Errazuriz (Decorative Arts Museum): Av. del Libertador 1902. Tuesday 20, 5 pm
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at:

Palacio Paz: Av. Santa Fe 750. Wednesday 21 and Friday 23, 11 am
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at:

Centro Naval: Florida 801. Thursday 22, 11 am and 3 pm
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at:

Justice Courts (Palacio de Justicia): Talcahuano 550. Friday 23, 2.30 pm
Free activity with limited capacity.
Previous registration at:

Avenida Alvear: Meeting Point: Cerrito & Av. Alvear. Saturday 24, 3 pm
No registration

Hipodromo de Palermo: Meeting Point: Av. del Libertador & Dorrego. Sunday 25, 3 pm
No registration.

Galeria Guemes - The apartment of Antoione de Saint Exupery: Florida 165. Monday to Friday, 10 am to 12 pm - 3 pm to 5 pm
Visit to his apartment in Buenos Aires and exhibition about his relationship with Argentina. 

Several French restaurants in the city will offer special menus at promotional prices during the week.
Visits to bakeries, cooking lessons and tastings. More info on this link.

The Festival will also feature a movie festival, art exhibitions, concerts, theater shows, French lessons, activities for kids, and more.  All the activities are open to the general public, most with free entrance but some of them with a limited capacity and admittance charge. You can download the complete schedule on this link (in Spanish only).

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