The Ministry of Culture continues to bring joy to the lives of thespians and theater-lovers the city over, this time with the 10th edition of The International Buenos Aires Festival or #FIBA for all you hip, media savvy millennials out there. The festival kicks off on Thursday the 17th in Parque Sarmiento with an outdoor performance of Á Fleur de Peau by the well-known (and French) theater team, Groupe F. Labeling it “international” wasn’t hyperbole, apparently.

A Buenos Aires Affair

Argentina has produced a number of important playwrights and actors; Sergio de Cecco, Marco De Nevi, Roberto Artl, Carlos Gorostiza and Alejandro Casona, to name a few. Not to brag, but Argentina also leads in the region in having the highest number of theaters and is only outdone by New York, Paris, Tokyo and London. Not bad, eh?

FIBA celebrates theater in all its mediums while also experimenting with new ways of approaching stage art. Performances will take place in 30 venues all around the city, presenting an impressively curated selection of work by both International and Argentine theater groups. “Special activities” (still not sure what that means but let’s go with it), a tribute to Tadeusz Kantor (Polish painter, assemblage artist, set designer and theatre director revolutionary), workshops, stage tours, book signings and films are also on the docket.

On the international front, we have: Antigonon. An Epic Contingent, by the Cuban writer Rogelio Orizondo, who finds an interesting (and surprisingly not douchey) way to perform Marti’s verses on stage. The Agrupación Señor Serrano, winner of the Silver Lion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, is presenting Brickman Brando Bubble Boom, a crossover play that overlays the mortgage crisis from 2012 with some funk and influences from the Victorian Era. Why not?

Bruce Gladwin, an Aussie artist and performer, is responsible for Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, (you had me at the title). FIBA describes the play as beginning “with the elephant-headed god Ganesh traveling through Nazi Germany to reclaim an ancient Hindu symbol. As this hero embarks on his journey, a second narrative is revealed: the actors themselves begin to feel the weighty responsibility of storytellers and question the ethics of cultural appropriation. The company is led by a unique ensemble of actors with disabilities, giving voice to the social and political issues that speak to all people.”

Ok, if that didn’t sell, check out this photo:

Ganesh versus the Third Reich
Ganesh versus the
Third Reich

The selected films attempt to focus on the relationship between the two artistic genres, based upon productions that address this contentious connection like Matís Piñeiro’s The Princess from France (La princesa de Francia), presented in BAFICI and awarded by Fipreci. The list of other films includes the German Winternachtstraum by Andres Veiel.

Free Stuff and Discounts!

It doesn’t matter how much money you have in the bank, free and discount are two formidable words that we all generally love.

Most of the free activities are related to book presentations taking place in several of the venues and you can check them all out here.

Discounts, on the other hand are a plenty. The go-to night out pairs going to the theater or cinema with a lovely time in a restaurant or a café. Organizers are not unaware of this ritual, and as such discounts  have been negotiated with some of top-notch bars and restaurants close to the venues like Clásica y Moderna

Stay Tuned for more information and remember you can buy your tickets at the following locations:

Up until September 17th at

Casa de la Cultura (Av. de Mayo 575), Mon-Fri: 10 AM-8 PM

Teatro Colón,(Cerrito 628), Mon-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM and Sun: 10 AM-5 PM

From September 18th and onward

Teatro San Martín, Mon-Sun: 10 AM-10 PM

Teatro Regio, Mon-Sun: 10 AM-10 PM

Teatro Colón, Mon-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM and Sun: 10 AM-5 PM