After three sumptuous years filled with a total of 25 events, Le Petit Mercado may well be forced to close up shop and leave a croissant-shaped hole in our lives.
The City of Buenos Aires Government has decided to implement new regulations for events taking place in private spaces — requiring reports on things like electricity use and noise levels be submitted before the event itself, several emergency services be on hand – amongst a whole host of other bureaucratic hoops to jump through. For an event of Le Petit Mercado’s scale, these regulations appear more than a little heavy handed and signify a set of new expenses most independent festivals simply can’t afford. It should be noted that in true community spirit, the market organisers refuse to charge the public for entry.
Co-founder of the market, Heloise Velay, told The Bubble: “I am very sad to have to leave this project due to an administrative obstacle. Beyond the event, we created a family with both the exhibitors and the people of Galpón Milagros, as well as with the public that accompanied us at our 25 wonderful events.
There aren’t many environments like this that are really open to all audiences – a place for a first date, a day out with family, to bring their babies to, to go with friends … where everyone has the ability to only spend what they want.”
However, if you aren’t quite ready to bid ‘au-revoir’ to the foodie heaven that is the French-inspired market: this petition might just save the day. As Buenos Aires is setting its sights on becoming the “Gastronomical Capital” in 2017, it is only right that the community should be able to come together to save an event all about ‘promoting gastronomy, culture and art’.
Asking for 2000 signatures, the petition calls for the support of your voice, ‘not for us, but for your right to make nice plans for the weekend, to stroll between stalls of tasty food, delicious drinks, music and good vibes.’