French Week in Buenos Aires 2018

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The 10th edition of the French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2018" will take place from Saturday September 15th to Sunday September 30th, 2018, 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 15th and Sunday 16th, 10 am to 5 pm 
VISIT TO THE FRENCH EMBASSY:
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 and does not require previous registration. Entrance will be on first come - first served basis (be prepared for long lines). 
The French Embassy is located in Cerrito 1399, Recoleta.

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

NOTICE: BECAUSE OF THE RAIN FORECAST, THE FRENCH MARKET WILL ONLY BE HELD ON SUNDAY 16th

Sunday 16th, 10 am to 6 pm
FRENCH MARKET "LE MARCHE":
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)


GUIDED TOURS TO EMBLEMATIC FRENCH BUILDINGS:
Palacio San Martin
Palacio Errazuriz (Decorative Arts Museum)
Palacio Paz
Centro Naval
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (Water Palace)
Museo de Arte de Tigre


VISITS ORGANIZED BY THE CITY OF BUENOS AIRES:
Some are free and others for a fee, all are in Spanish and require previous registration through this link.

GOURMET ROUTE AND GOURMET ACTIVITIES:
Several French restaurants in the city will offer special menus at promotional prices during the week.
Visits to bakeries, cooking lessons and tastings. 

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES:
The Festival will also feature a movie festival, art exhibitions, concerts, theater shows, French lessons, activities for kids, special visits, 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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