There’s a brisk and enlivening chill in the air, which has helped us all wake up from the summer torpor. Put a spring in your step and hit the city for a weekend of fun, festivity and reflection.

Friday 17th

Human Rights Photography Festival

Photo by Pablo Piovano, one of the artists participating in the conference
Photo by Pablo Piovano, one of the artists participating in the conference

This Friday and Saturday, the ex ESMA will play host to Derechos En Foco, the first international conference on photography and human rights. There will be workshops,  photography exhibitions, debates, and film projections, as well as the first ever showing of the work of Italian photographer, Giancarlo Ceraudo, who hunted down and photographed some of the airplanes that carried out the “death flights” during the argentine dictatorship.

From the organizers: “we are thinking of this as a space of exchange and debate where various struggles will come together. We believe in photography as a tool and a language that allows us to remember, argue and express ourselves.”

9am – Free Entry | Av. Libertador 8151

International Students Welcome Party

The City of Buenos  Aires will be welcoming the thousands of young latinos, americans and europeans who choose to come and study here with the fourth edition of the party, “Es tu día”, this Saturday afternoon. Expect tango, art, shows, talks, live music and a tonne of foodtrucks at the Centro Cultural Recoleta from 4pm onwards. Last year more than 2,000  students from over 55 countries attended  – expect something similar this year. “If you’ve just arrived in Buenos Aires, come and meet young argentines! If you live in the city, come and welcome them!”, reads the event invite. Sign up for free online.

4pm-8pm | Free | Centro Cultural Recoleta, Junín 1930

Saturday 18th

National Sánguche de Milanga Day

Head to the bosques of Palermo with a homemade Milanesa for this most important and sacred occasion: national milanga sandwich day. The event will see milanga lovers unite with “loved ones and impetuous lovers” to demonstrate the love they “feel for this national dish.” The event is free for all; all you need is to take sandwiches, drinks and the ganas to share to Buenos Aires’ most-beloved gardens. The meeting spot is riverbanks of the Lago Regatas.

1pm-11pm | Free, but take sandwich and drink | Parque 3 de Febrero, banks of the rowing lake

Yves Klein Retrospective

“At first there is nothing, then there is a profound nothingness, after that a blue profundity.”

In 1947, Yves Klein was lying on the beach when he looked at the sky and said, “the blue sky is my first artwork.” He then went on to change the course of art in the twentieth century, and also to create a colour: International Klein Blue, a lush shade of shimmery ultramarine blue.  This Saturday, La Boca’s Fundacion Proa will open a new exhibition dedicated to this controversial painter, inventor, spiritualist and “critical prankster”.  The retrospective – the first to take place in Argentina – will include the most emblematic works from throughout his career, including his early monochromatic pieces, his blue paintings, the series sponge and gold-leaf sculptures, and the fire paintings. Hosted by the French Embassy, the Yves Klein archives and Tenaris.

12pm – 6pm (18 March – 31 July) | Fundación PROA, Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 (y Caminito), La Boca | Website

La Noche De Las Librerías

El Ateneo, Image via A Clothes Horse
El Ateneo, Image via A Clothes Horse

This one is a classic. La Noche De Las Librerías (Bookshop Night) happens every year on Corrientes Avenue, when the plethora of bookshops studding this central thoroughfare stay open until midnight. Enjoy discounts and offers under cloak of darkness on the “street that never sleeps”. Need title suggestions? Try Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego, by soon to be world-wide phenomenon, Mariana Enriquez, Cuentos Breves y Extraordinarias by Borges and Bioy Casares, nineteenth century political page-turner/national bestseller, Amalia, by José Marmol, or La uruguaya, Pedro Mairals 2016 smash-hit. In this most literary of cities (in 2013, there were 25 bookshops for every 100,000 people in Argentina, the world record), there is no better way to spend your Saturday night. And better yet – flash the bus driver the event pamphlet to get free public transport.

6pm-Midnight | Calle Corrientes | Free bus transport if you show driver event pamphlet

St Patrick’s Day

Irish Che, via wander-argentina.com
Irish Che, via wander-argentina.com

Can we thank the Irish for the Cuban revolution? When Che Guevara died, his father allegedly said “the blood of the Irish revolutionary ran in my sons’ veins.” (El Che’s forefather Patrick Lynch, who came from one of the famous tribes of Galway, had left Ireland for Argentina in the 1700’s, becoming a wealthy landowner down south.)

Argentine history is full of Irish; after all, the country is home to the fifth largest population outside of Ireland. Celebrate this fact with the rest of Buenos Aires this Saturday with St Patrick’s day. The City Government, the Argentine-Irish Association, and the Irish Embassy are hosting an official event in the Plaza San Martin from midday onwards. There will be more than 30 gazebos offering cultural information, artisanal products, as well as hearty Irish cuisine: think wheaten bread, stew and spuds. At 3pm, there will be a traditional parade from Arroyo and Suipacha streets towards the plaza San Martín. Sláinte!

12pm -8pm | Free Entry | Plaza San Martín (Maipú y Av. Santa Fe)

Sunday 19th

Free Concert At Teatro Colón

The Teatro colon is famed for being one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. Well, this Sunday, you too – impoverished, noodle-eating student – can attend her opulent halls and enjoy her superior acoustics. PALS (Exchange Students Argentina) has organized a free concert of Estación Buenos Aires, part of the “Intepretes Argentinos” cycle, at this most lovely of concert halls this Sunday at 11am.

How do I get tickets? You can get your free tickets from the Teatro Colón box office on Friday 17th of March between the hours of 10am and 8pm. 2 tickets per person.

11am-1pm | Teatro ColónTucumán 1171 | Facebook Page

Sega Vs. Nintendo

Immerse yourself in a day of classic gaming with ‘Expo Classic Gaming‘. The number one classic video game event returns for its most “epic battle yet”:Sega Vs. Nintendo. Nintendo Vs. Sega. Head along to the Hotel “Congreso” at on Bartolome Mitre for a day of true gaming: there will be free play on classic consoles, retrogamer tournaments, live shows, trivia, a 3D sector, Just Dance 2017 and much, much more. Kids under 10 enter free.

12pm | AR $80 or AR $60 in participating outlets (check Facebook event) | Calle Bartolome Mitre, 1824

Folk Rock

Arbolito-Cuando_Salga_El_Sol-Frontal

Folk Rock band, Arbolito, is presenting their latest album, Simples Volumen II, in the patio of the Ciudad Cultural Konex this Sunday evening. The wildly eclectic, politically charged group is also celebrating twenty years, having formed after the members graduated from the Mechanical School of Avellanda in 1997. Take the kids (under 10 year olds get in free) for an evening of urgent, compassionate music, “necessary music for the times we are living in.” Each ticket comes with a free copy of the latest CD.

Doors Open 6pm | Buy Tickets, AR $250 – $300 | Ciudad Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131 | 011 4864-3200

“New” Things Festival

Dinámica – Festival de lo nuevo (Dynamic – Festival Of New Things) is back for the eleventh time. This festival celebrates all things “truly new” in independent art and entrepreneurship – if you made, wrote, composed, spun or wired it all on your own, produced, published and publicized it, then they want to hear from you. The theme this time round is NEW FOLK, and there’ll be live music performances from Otoño en JupiterJuan y Los Planetas and Roben y Los Noruegos, as well as spoken word, a mini trade show, food and drinks.

5pm-11pm | Free | Espacio Cultural Dinamo, Sarmiento 3096 (close to Once).



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