With the prospect of a renewed debate on abortion in Argentina, and International Women’s Day approaching quickly on March 8th, there have been a surge of events celebrating womanhood in all of its definitions in the city.
From workshops and master classes to biographical documentaries and tributes, Buenos Aires is coming together to honor both the women who are with us as well as the ones who have come before us. Attend a feminist poetry workshop, see Alfonsina Storni’s life visualized on the big-screen, or simply go and see your favorite female artists exemplifying their creative talent on stage. But really, whatever you do, just remember it comes down to this — feminism means both acknowledging and acting on the fact that a woman is indeed a person.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND
Originally founded in the UK in 2007, She Says is a global network whose purpose is to engage, educate, and advance women in the creative industries. With chapters in roughly 40 cities around the world, the network boasts some 40,000 members, and a chapter is finally being started right here in Buenos Aires. Its inaugural event will take place tonight, and is intended to be an introduction to the organization. In this edition plastic artist Lala Pasquinelli will be present, as well as Free Marketer Tatiana Aurich and Creative Director of 72andSunny Amsterdam, Laura Visco. Admission to the event is free, but space is limited. Confirm your attendance on the Facebook page and makes sure to show up early.
6 – 9 PM | Brother (Federico Lacroze 1865) | Free | More info
The Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón is recognized around the world for the talent of its dancers — and this weekend you’ll have not just one, but three opportunities to see the group live without paying an arm and a leg. The three performances in question will take place in Parque Centenario’s amphitheater on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and will include an act from Tchaikovski’s Swan Lake, as well as Bruch’s Concerto 1 for Violin, Mahler’s Adagietto, and Piazzolla’s A Buenos Aires. Make sure to arrive at the amphitheater well beforehand as admission to the performance is based on order of arrival.
7 PM | Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario | Free | More info
Put simply, El sueño de los elefantes is an artists’ collective that specializes in creating multisensory experiences. Boasting seven years of experience, the group combines music, smell, movement, and the spoken word into their work. This Friday they will be launching a new installation in the Ciudad Cultural Konex. Proposing a foray into an alternate reality, tickets to the experience start at AR $220. Make sure to indicate whether you would like to lay down or sit when you get yours online via the Konex’s website.
8 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131) | AR $220 | More info
A feminist poetry workshop will be kicking off this evening in cultural center cum club Feliza. Examining key figures and trailblazers like Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Mary Wollstonecraft, the workshop will also cover contemporary and present day authors like Idea Vilariño, Adrienne Rich, and Susy Shock. Additionally, the myth of writing under only spontaneous inspiration will be debunked, and participants will learn the value of day to day writing. For more information or to reserve your place contact the organizers by Facebook or Whatsapp (+54-9-11-3265-8649).
8 – 9:30 PM | Feliza (Córdoba 3271) | More info
SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD
Every month Geek Out Argentina organizes a board game meet-up in El Cultural San Martín. In essence, the event is an unforgettably entertaining afternoon spent bonding over your favorite board games. (And a gargantuan list of all the games Geek Out owns can actually be consulted here.) For all those foreigners trying to insert themselves into Argentine society, check it out, the meet-up is great way to make some new friends. Admission to event is free, but you have to fill out the online formula to reserve your place.
2 – 8 PM | El Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1551) | Free | More info
In commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti will be screening four documentaries about some of Argentina’s most prolific female writers. This Saturday’s will examine the riveting life of Alfonsina Storni, one of Argentina’s most beloved poets. The documentary — a joint production between Switzerland, Storni’s country of birth, and Argentina, the country where she lived much of her life — offers a glimpse into the brief, intense life of a woman whose legacy is still very much with us today. Tickets to the screening are free, and will be given out an hour before the function starts.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti | Free | More info
Singer, poet, and historian Gabo Ferro writes powerful, contemporary rock music. With a voice that is achingly tender, his career as a soloist began in 2005 with the release of Canciones que un hombre no debería cantar (Songs That a Man Shouldn’t Sing). Ferro will perform live in Xirgu Espacio Untref tonight, his first concert in Buenos Aires of the year. Get your tickets to the concert online for AR $350 via Plateanet.
9 PM | Xirgu Espacio Untref (Chacabuco 875) | AR $350 | More info
Spanish singer-songwriter Amparo Sánchez will be giving an acoustic concert this evening in the Usina del Arte. Sánchez, who is well known for making a mestizo, or mixed, kind of music, has toured extensively in Europe and the Americas, and will be performing the hits of career tonight. She will also give a sneak-peak of her upcoming show, Hermanas, that she recently presented in Rio de Janeiro with poet María Rezende. Tickets to the concert are free and can be picked up in the Usina’s box office two hours before the performance starts.
9 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH
A beloved cultural staple in the city, Buenos Aires Celebra has been running for ten years. The initiative, which proposes to celebrate Buenos Aires’ diverse origins and heritage, will return this Sunday with the celebration of a new country — India. Over 40 stands will cook up mouthwatering Indian delicacies during the day, and others will offer paintings, arts and crafts, teas, traditional clothing, and henna tattoos. Additionally, a number of groups are also set to take the stage, sharing traditional Indian music, theater and dance. The event will be reprogrammed for the following Sunday in the case of rain.
12 – 6 PM | Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar | Free | More info
A new edition of Locura Vegana (or Vegan Craziness in English) is once again upon us. Setting up in Abasto neighborhood’s Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca, the food-fest is your one-stop-shop for delicious vegan food and cruelty free cosmetics, accessories, and gifts. A number of culinary workshops have been planned for the day, and several drawings are also scheduled to take place. Admission to the fair is free (as well as to all of the activities), but space is in the casona is limited, so make sure to arrive early.
1:30 – 5:30 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca (Humahuaca 3508) | Free | More info
Paint-Nite is back for another edition to brighten up your Sunday evening! For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s the art class you always wanted, but never had. Not only can you paint a masterpiece with step by step instructions, but you can paint a masterpiece with step by step instructions and drink at the same time! This edition is in Palermo’s Cervelar — and the time is ripe to loosen the artistic muscles and liberate your inner Picasso. Send a message to Paint Now Argentina’s Facebook page to reserve your spot.
4 – 6 PM | Cervelar (Jose Cabrera 4399) | AR $400 | More info
Feeling nostalgic for the drive in movies so many of you went to as children? Well, while you can’t bring your car you certainly can camp out under the stars and watch a great selection of films in the Plaza de la Usina del Arte. Titled ‘Antojo del Cine,’ the film series is totally free, and will round off with tonight’s scheduled film, Kong: Skull Island. Food will be available before and after the screening, or, if you’re living on a shoestring, just pack some snacks.
9 PM | Plaza de la Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
The dates, times, and locations for each of these events reflect the information that was available at the time this edition of ‘What to Do in Buenos Aires this Weekend’ was published. The dates, times, and locations are subject to change at the event organizers’ discretion. For the most up to date information, click on the ‘More info’ link when it is listed under the event summary. If you have an event you would like to include in this column, please send us an email at [email protected]