French Week in Buenos Aires 2019

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The 11th edition of the French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2019" will take place from Saturday, September 21st to Sunday, October 6th, 2019, organized by the French-Argentine Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCIFA), and sponsored by the French Embassy, Alliance Francaise, 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 21st and Sunday 22nd, 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 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:

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, 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)

During the two weeks of the event there will be free guided visits to emblematic building representative of the French architecture, such as:
° Palacio San Martin
° Palacio Errazuriz (Decorative Arts Museum)
° Palacio Paz
° Palermo Race Track
° Museo de Arte de Tigre
All the visits are in Spanish and some of them require previous registration through this link.

Palacio Paz
Palacio Errazuriz

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

The Festival will also feature a movie series, art exhibitions, concerts, theater shows, French lessons, special visits to museums, 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.

The French Week will finalize with a big event on Sunday, October 6th, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with an open air Festival Av. de Mayo and Chacabuco, celebrating the French culture with a gastronomic fair and live music shows.

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

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