Tecnópolis park looking pretty. (Photo via www.unoentrerios.com.ar)

We all like things that are free. Doesn’t it ring true that free tends to equal more fun, just like free food equals more tasty? Well, most of the time (if you’re like me, anyway).

This year’s edition of the ‘Soy Festival!’ that’s taking place at Tecnópolis (just north of Villa Urquiza, in case you’ve forgotten where it is) is an eclectic mix of theater, science, food, and music along with kid-friendly drama workshops. In a nutshell, something for everyone!

Having already started on February 15th, the festival will run until March 3rd. True to the semi-nocturnal lifestyle of Buenos Aires, ‘Soy!’ will get going everyday at 6PM, finishing up around midnight.

Los Auténticos Decadentes will be taking to the stage on February 23rd. (Photo via Cancha general)
Los Auténticos Decadentes will be taking to the stage on February 23rd. (Photo via Cancha general)

 

Up and coming bands will be taking to the Microestadio stage every evening to provide some mellow tunes along with more well known bands like ‘Los Autenticos Decadentes’ (February 23rd). If you’re really looking for something a bit wacky and off the wall, take a look at the ‘Heavysaurios,’ (a fully themed and costumed dinosaur rock band) – not sure what to expect on that one, but let’s go with it.

Theater will also make up a large portion of the program. More than 20 companies will be presenting spectacles, with many traveling from countries including Canada, Switzerland, Spain, and Poland.

Gretel and Hansel, a play produced by Canadian theater company La Carrousell. (Photo via Perfil)
Gretel and Hansel, a play produced by Canadian theater company La Carrousell. (Photo via Perfil)

About a dozen companies hail from interior regions of Argentina (Mendoza, Neuquén, and Misiones) with plenty of plays looking at Argentina’s cultural and historical quirks. ‘Un Día Grande’ explores the 1810 May Revolution; the Cervantes Theater’s ‘Cyrano de Más Acá’ is an intriguing mix of physical theater, live music, and a look at European circus.

If you’re up for seeing a few classic movies like science fiction tearjerker E.T (admit it, you totally sobbed at the end) along with Spielberg’s Indiana Jones, and children’s legendary Toy Story head to the autocine (Av. Constituyentes and General Paz). A retro throwback to thirty odd years ago, the drive-up car cinema was popular in Buenos Aires up until the late eighties and is now making a comeback.

 

If you like to embrace the inner kid once in a while, plenty of young theater-related workshops with playwright Suzanne Lebeau are taking place for those interested in creation for children. If you want to bring on the science nerd, a multimedia Darwin exhibition including exploring his life and discoveries is taking place, aimed at kids.

Itching to try swing or tango? Open air classes will be held for all levels. With nothing to lose, feel free to give it a go!

You probably won't look as good as the pros, but worth a go anyway. (Photo via Tecnopolis.gob.ar)
You probably won’t look as good as the pros, but it’s worth a try anyway. (Photo via Tecnopolis.gob.ar)

 

Lastly, if all of that science and culture has left your stomach growling, a hub filled with food trucks (unfortunately, not free) and plenty of craft beer will be at your beck and call.