French Week in Buenos Aires 2017

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The 9th French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2017" will take place from Saturday September 16th to Sunday September 24th, 2017, 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 16th and Sunday 17th, 10 am to 5 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, 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 visit is Free but requires previous registration online through this link:
* The registration opened on September 12th but there are no more available places.
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 16th and Sunday 17th, 10 am to 6 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)


Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st, 3 pm
Palacio San Martin: Arenales 761. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at: or

Thursday 21st, 3 pm and 5 pm (in French)
Palacio Errazuriz (Decorative Arts Museum): Av. del Libertador 1902. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at:

Wednesday 20th, 12 pm
Palacio Paz: Av. Santa Fe 750. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at:

Friday 22nd, 11 am and 4 pm
Centro Naval: Florida 801. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at:

Tuesday 19th, Thursday 21st, and Saturday 23rd, 3 pm
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (Water Palace): Riobamba 750. 
Free activity with limited capacity. Previous registration at:

Friday 22nd, 8 pm
Avenida Alvear: Meeting Point: Cerrito & Av. Alvear. 
Night tour with previous registration through this link: 

Saturday 23rd, 3 pm
Hipodromo de Palermo: Meeting Point: Av. del Libertador & Dorrego. 
No registration required. Please arrive 10 minutes earlier.

Saturday 23rd, 3 pm
Museo de Arte de Tigre: Av. Victorica 972, 1648 Tigre. 
Free entrance with previous registration. Contact
At the end of the visit, at 4 pm, Jazz menouche concert by Pelican Gypsy trio.

Friday 22nd, 11 am
Art Deco Tour around Microcentro: Meeting point: Marcelo T. de Alvear 801
Organized by Art Decó Buenos Aires Argentina. Limited capacity. 

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, special visits to the Fine Arts Museum, conferences, 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. 

For more information and complete day by day schedules, visit the official website: Viví Francia (in Spanish only).

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