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July, 2014 Monthly archive

The cultural agenda this month features some very interesting activities. The highlight is the coming of great Argentinean pianist and conductor Daniel Baremboim, who will be performing at Teatro Colón. August is also the month of the Tango International Festival: 10 days of dancing competitions, talks and tango classes.

Buenos Aires Cultural Agenda – August 2014

Daniel Baremboim and Marta Argerich at Teatro Colón

August 3rd to August 12th

Daniel Baremboim and Martha Argerich Buenos Aires

To listen to Daniel Baremboim, whether directing the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra or, more rarely, playing the piano, is always an amazing musical experience. This month, we are lucky enough to receive the famous artist for a series of concerts, some of them with another Argentinean piano virtuoso Marta Argerich. 

West-Easter Divan Orchestra
Soloist: Martha Argerich
Director: Daniel Baremboim
Program: Beethoven and Ravel
Sunday, August 3rd at 5PM 

Tristan and Isolda by Richard Wagner
Directed by Daniel Baremboim
From August 4 to August 12

Martha Argerich and Daniel Baremboim Piano Duo
Tuesday, August 5th at 5PM

www.teatrocolon.org.ar

 

Tango Dance Festival and World Cup

August 13th to Augst 26th

Tango World Cup Buenos Aires

This edition of the world’s major tango event features an attractive program that brings together various generations of artists, musicians and promoters of a music that is the passion of a city. Unlike past years, the 2014 edition will be held mainly in La Boca district, making it quite less accessible to tourist than previous editions in Palermo. Many concerts take place in La Usina del Arte, a very interesting new exhibitions hall in La Boca.

All the activities and shows are free. Please read our specific post about how to get tickets for the Tango Dance Festival.

festivales.buenosaires.gob.ar/2014/tangofestivalymundial/en

 

Le Parc – Lumière Exhibition at MALBA Museum

Until October 6th

Julio Le Parc - Lumiere

Julio Le Parc is an contemporary Argentinean artist and a great exponent of the kinetic art movement in the 1960s. In this exhibition, 17 installations will be on display. The focus was made the artist’s works on light and movement. The spectator will experience how Le Parc plays with the light to build ever-transforming art pieces.

malba.org.ar

 

Acción Urgente Exhibition at PROA Museum

Until August 24th

Acción Urgente PROA

This exhibition brings together for the first time a selection of urban actions and performances from the last two decades by South American artists’ collectives. It explores the actions carried out by interdisciplinary groups of artists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay during the last twenty years, all of which form part of a phenomenon that became vital to the region’s art scene during this period.

“The works of these groups respond to immediate socio-political contexts and challenge naturalized conducts with proposals that address—among other things—gender issues, racial discrimination, indigenismo, political inequality, and alienation. They question the art institution as well as certain social structures but, unlike activist groups, their critical moment lies in poetic actions,” state the curators.

proa.org

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From a culinary point of view, having both Spanish and Italian ancestors is a great asset: hot chocolate in Buenos Aires is delicious. During winter months – June, July and August -, the traditional combo hot chocolate and churros (chocolate con churros) is a must. The warm, crispy batons combine perfectly with the tick and creamy beverage. Delicious.

Buenos Aires chocolate con churros

We have tested many bars to find the best chocolate and churros in Buenos Aires. Here are our picks:

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Where to Stay in Buenos Aires

When traveling to Buenos Aires, choosing the best area to stay is an important decision. Buenos Aires is a large city and each neighborhood has its own atmosphere. When choosing where to stay in Buenos Aires, we can narrow down the list to 4 areas: Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo and Puerto Madero. Let us give you the pros and cons of each of them.

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If you are planning a trip to Buenos Aires you have certainly heard about Palermo. Over the years, Palermo, in particular the areas called Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho have become the most sought-after neighborhood in the city. During your stay here, you MUST spend at least a day in Palermo.

At Palo Santo Hotel, we are Palermo experts! Most of our team live work and go out in the neighborhood. Let us guide you through a perfect day in Palermo.

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Buenos Aires benefits from a very nice weather all year round. As it is a city from the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are inverted compared to most parts of the globe: winter goes from June to September and summer from December to March. It makes it a great destination to escape from cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

Our favorite months to visit Buenos Aires are October, November, March and April. Here’s why.

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Each year since 2003, Buenos Aires organizes Tango BA, a Tango Festival and world cup, where couples from different nationalities compete to be declared champions.

It is the most exciting and important tango event of the world, held in Buenos Aires from August 13 to August 26. If watching a dance competition is not your thing, you can also try seminars, concerts, exhibitions  and even lessons by renowned tango dancers.

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Palacio Barolo - Art Nouveau in Buenos Aires

Back at the end of the 19th century and during the first decades of the 20th century, Buenos Aires was one of the most important and wealthiest capital cities in the world. It is a common grandmother tale in porteña’s families that when children wouldn’t eat, they were told to “think about people starving in Europe” and finish their plate.

Born during the last decade of the 19th century, Art Nouveau style was very well received in wealthy Buenos Aires. Many curvy, plant-filled buildings appeared on the main avenues, filling the city with a playful, undulating style.

With the help of AANBA, the Buenos Aires Art Nouveau Association, the city is now focusing on bringing out the beauties of this architectural style.

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