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Carnaval May Be Over But it Goes On in our Hearts (and In the City)

By | [email protected] | February 15, 2018 12:05pm


Disappointed that Carnaval parties are now over? Or, more to the point, that those four blissful work free days have passed in a flash?

If you didn’t quite get your fill of the Carnaval fever, or all this celebrating has got you thinking about where Carnaval actually comes from, check out the many museums and cultural spaces across the city who have opened their doors to carnaval themed exhibitions along with workshops (many of them are free, so I don’t wanna hear anything about being broke after the long weekend – get moving!)

Museo de la Historia del Traje

Filled with the many costumes and colors of Carnaval, the exhibit ‘Hermanando Carnaval’ shows off both celebrations in Buenos Aires and Corrientes. The museum explores the heritage of both, looking at Buenos Aires’ barrios and their representation through murgas and the extravagance of the Comparsa Anahi in Bella Vista, Corrientes. Free activities for little ones are also taking place; make a reservation for the Venetian mask workshop on February 17th.

Expect to see glitter and color, plenty of color (and let’s get real – taking home some of it stuck to your clothes)

Free | Museo del Traje | Chile 832 | From now until April 15th

A different look to the Buenos Aires murgas - the Comparsa Anahi in Bella Vista. (Photo via Municipalidad de Bella Vista, Corrientes)

A different look to the Buenos Aires murgas – the Comparsa Anahi in Bella Vista. (Photo via Municipalidad de Bella Vista, Corrientes)

Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández

Linked to the ‘Hermanando Carnaval’ exhibition is another Carnaval costume exploration. This time looking at leather masks crafted by artisans Mirta Ostroff and Julio Delillo along with the Latin American mask collection of writer Luisa Valenzuela.

Free | Museo de Arte Popular José Hernandez | Avenida Libertador 2372 | Until April 15th

A mask created by artist Mirta Ostroff. (Photo via Zibilia)

A mask created by artist Mirta Ostroff. (Photo via Zibilia)

Centro Cultural Kirchner

Looking further north and into the Andes, Gaby Herbstein’s photography captures the culture and color of the traditional ‘La Diablada’ festival. 56 photographs detail the tradition and importance of the annual festivity, beautifully capturing the details of each costume that participants spend months lovingly crafting. Curated from several trips to Jujuy, Herbstein’s images create a vision of elaborate festivities that are an integral part of the Andean culture.

Free | CCK | Sarmiento 151 | Until March 10th

(Photo via rouge perfil)

(Photo via rouge perfil)

Centro Cultural Rojas

If all the color and energy of the Buenos Aires murgas has got you thinking that you’d really like to have a go, you can. For one-week (February 19th – 26th) free workshops exploring Buenos Aires’ carnaval culture of murgas will be taking place. Book talks, poetry recitals, performances as well as a look into murga choreographies are all on offer and free. Try the dance workshop with Luciana Vainer taking place on both Mondays (19th and 26th). Exploring the choreography, music and technique, you may just find you’re a natural and take Carnaval 2019 by storm! And you’re the proud owner of two left feet, you can always head to a talk on book Corsito, a collection of writings aimed at spreading the knowledge of Carnaval (Wednesday 21st).

Free | Centro Cultural Rojas | Av. Corrientes 2038 | Until February 26th

Could this be you next year? (Photo via El Diario de Buenos Aires)

Could this be you next year? (Photo via El Diario de Buenos Aires)