Say what you want about President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, but she knows how to throw a party.
Fireworks, music and the official opening of a massive cultural center – the Centro Cultural Kirchner – that is apparently the largest in Latin America. Now, before you cry foul, you should know that it’s not named after her but after her late husband Néstor Kirchner, who passed away in 2010.
This was his project, and while originally it was going to be called the Bicentennial Cultural Center, Congress changed its name to Kirchner to honor his memory in 2012.
She talked a lot about her administration’s cultural legacy (it’s an election year, remember?) and then said she hoped “someday, her party would be able to realize its dreams in the city of Buenos Aires too”. Since her party (and Peronism in general) have historically sucked in the city, I would say that may take a long time, but what do I know.
As usual, the thirty-minute Cadena is below, and then you can read some highlights from it.
Now, a lot of people are not happy with this cultural center since it was a money pit from the beginning and unfortunately it has become another partisan thing.
Personally, I think it looks very pretty (which means that the anti-Ks will now accuse me of being paid by this government) but if you want to read more about its history and see some amazing photos and videos from today, just click on this other article that Unpaid Intern wrote today.
- The restoration of the old Palacio de Correos building began in 2009 and cost 2.4 billion pesos. That’s right, I said billion. Originally it was supposed to cost 926 million pesos, but I guess there were a few unforeseen expenditures.
- “I would like to thank Congress for passing the bill (that built the place). For a few moments there I felt like I could’t breath, but do not worry – although some others may worry – I will keep on breathing, more and more every day. Because life is wonderful”.
- “Someday we will get to build our dreams in the Capital Federal. You know I’m stubborn”. Well, technically the building is located inside the Capital Federal, so… whatever.