This Friday marks the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere — in other words, it’s spring folks! Not that you really needed us to tell you that though, we’re sure the mid-week hot flashes were enough. More sunshine is on the way for the next few days, so do make sure to be responsible and sunscreen up before heading to one many green spaces in the city (check out the recently renovated Congreso and Tribunales plazas!). There’s a huge amount of activity in BA this weekend, including two art and technology festivals that are well worth a visit (Ciudad Emergente and MUTEK). All the details are below — so let’s start planning!
Friday, 22nd of September
MUTEK, the international festival dedicated to digital creativity, is returning to Buenos Aires this weekend after a prolonged seven-year hiatus. What originally began in 2000 as a festival designed to disseminate and develop the most recent advances in sound, music, and the audiovisual arts in the heart of French-speaking Canada, has grown to include editions across the world in Spain, Mexico, and Japan. The site of MUTEK’s re-launch in Argentina will be none other than the imposing Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK). The festival’s program is chock-filled with workshops, chats, digital art installations, shows, and audiovisual performances. And except for its Saturday night ‘Nocturne‘ party in Crobar, all of MUTEK’s events are free! For a day-by-day break down of events, locations, and times, check out the festival’s program here.
1 – 11 PM | CCK (Sarmiento 151) | Free
The tenth consecutive year of Ciudad Emergente (a local festival that presents the best of art and technology) kicked off this week on Thursday in and around la Boca’s iconic La Usina del Arte, and one of the major highlights is ‘Björk Digital’ — a show that has been described in the past as ‘an immersive virtual reality exhibition.’ A multi-sensory, interactive experience, ‘Björk Digital’ will include installations, videos, and films related to the singer’s albums Biophilia and Vulnicura. Ciudad Emergente will be up for a full four days, ending on Sunday night. Admission to the exhibit is free.
3:30 – 8 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free
The spring edition of W Bar’s ‘BEER Festival‘ is set to take place this Friday and Saturday — and if you don’t have heaps of pesos to spend, that’s okay — the event is being marketed as an affordable way to celebrate the beginning of Buenos Aires’ most beautiful season. In addition to modestly priced craft beer there will be a wide range of food stands, offering both national and international goodies. There will also be the obligatory shows and live music, to provide that famous festival ambiance. Present this flyer here and enjoy happy hour prices on pints of craft beer from 6 – 9 PM. You’re welcome!
6:00 PM – 3 AM | W Bar (Lavalleja 1343) | No cover
The Centro Cultural Recoleta is ringing in the weekend by hosting a night of ‘national’ rock. Part of a larger series of concerts, this particular cycle is titled Ciclo Radar Música. Not quite the kind of Argie rock you’re used to listening to, this edition is featuring some of the newer bands on the block, including Cabeza Flotante and its mish-mash of post-punk, indie-rock, and dream-pop, Patagonian alternative-rock Papeles, and Correntine natives Sinónimos, proudly at the vanguard of stoner rock. Admission to the concert is free — for more life music check out The Setlist!
6:30 – 10 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930) | Free | More info
Saturday, 23rd of September
Buenos Aires is set to celebrate a whole slew of Central European countries at the intersection of Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar today, including Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Reveling in the diversity of each of these ethnic groups, the festival has promised us some 40-odd stands loaded with delectable regional foodstuffs (we can’t wait to get our hot little hands on the wursts, or German sausages), in addition to live performances of traditional music and dance. Get there early to soak it all up!
12 – 7 PM | Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar | Free | More info
Barracas neighborhood’s Centro Cultural del Sur will be holding a Medieval Spring Festival today. Complete with recreationist groups sporting period costumes, the festival will feature staged combats, live music and dance, in addition to an artisanal market and a special selection of medieval foods. In honor of the vernal equinox, the Pagan celebration of Ostara will be observed, incorporating a number of practices that stem from ancient Eastern European traditions. The festival will kick off at midday, and admission is totally free. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods to donate to Fundación Alandar.
12 – 8 PM | Centro Cultural del Sur (Caseros 1750) | Free | More info
The UBA’s Laboratorio del Poeta has organized (in our opinion) what ought to be the talk of the year: ‘Living an intensely creative life without dying in the process.’ Rejecting the myth that you have to detach yourself from reality in order to live creatively, the talk will address how you can dedicate more time to creative pursuits without completely scrapping your routine. Participants will meet in the Recoleta gardens, outside of the Hard Rock Café. The organizers ask everyone to bring something for tea-time (merienda) as the idea is to have a big picnic.
4 PM | Recoleta gardens outside of the Hard Rock Café (Puerreydón y Libertador) | Free | More info
Cultural space/club Feliza is putting the spotlight on transgender art this evening with the second edition of its hugely successful Muestrans. Taking up an entire floor’s worth of space, the show will feature a wide range of visual arts, short films, photography, performances, live music, and literary readings — all by trans artists. Reuniting people of all colors, shapes, sizes, orientations and nationalities, you’d be hard pressed to find a more welcoming space in the city. The night will round off with some intense techno music, and the opportunity to shake off the workweek through dance.
6:30 PM – 2:30 AM | Feliza (Córdoba 3271) | AR $50 | More info
Sunday, 24th of September
Buenos Aires Market, our favorite movable food-fair, is setting up shop this weekend in Parque Chacabuco. Bring your reusable bags as you browse a wide selection of organic produce and specialty items, including an exquisite selection of artisanal breads, pastries, sweets, homemade jellies, jams, and pickles — you name it. If you’re lucky enough to have some hundred peso notes burning a hole in your pocket, you can spend them on cheesy slices of gourmet pizza piled high with toppings, steaming stir-fry noodle dishes, or perfectly seasoned vegetarian empanadas with ‘soy meat.’ As always entry is free, and if you don’t care to spend, you can always window shop!
10 AM – 6 PM | Parque Chacabuco (Asamblea and Emilio Mitre) | Free
Chances are if you’ve been in Buenos Aires long enough that you’ve seen one of the city’s many ‘living’ statues — courageous people who dress up and stay put in the parks, squares, and streets. Sometimes angelic and sometimes demonic (especially the Ringwraith who likes to hang out in Parque Centenario), you’ll have the opportunity to see many of them this afternoon at the 18th National Living Statues Competition, organized by the Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales. Taking place outside, au pleine air, the statues will be lining Paraguay street between Uruguay and Talcahuano. Stop by and marvel at these people who manage to keep perfectly still for hours. An award ceremony will conclude the event in the UCES’ principal auditorium.
3 – 7 PM | Paraguay between Uruguay and Talcahuano | Free | More info
While many people are put off from visiting cemeteries due to cultural notions about death, one tour group in Buenos Aires is trying to get people to face the subject head-on, in order to appreciate history. Pampa y la Vía Tours has organized an guided visit of Recoleta Cemetery. And while most tourists and expats are probably already familiar with it, this afternoon’s visit has a twist — the guides will be putting a special focus on the lives of the women who have been laid to eternal rest. Participation does not require registration, and the tour is pay-what-you-can (a la gorra). The group will meet at the entrance to the cemetery at quarter after three.
3:15 – 5:15 PM | Recoleta Cemetery (Junín 1113) | Pay-what-you-can | More info
Tchaikovsky’s immensely popular ballet, Swan Lake (Ballet Lago de los cisnes in Spanish), is coming to the Centro Cultural Borges this evening. Located inside the splendid shopping center Galerías Pacífico decorated by Antonio Berni, the cultural center is offering prime seats to the show for a steal (AR $250-$300). Put on by Baires Sur Novus Ballet, Swan Lake illustrates the story of Odette, a young woman who has been cursed by a witch. Her fate is to be a swan by day, and a human only by night, until she receives a declaration of true love — the only thing that can break the spell. Get your tickets online today, or at the cultural center’s box office.
7 – 9:15 PM | Centro Cultural Borges (Viamonte and San Martín) | AR $250 – $300 | More info