That’s right folks, it’s an unlucky Friday the 13th! But in a strange turn of events, it would seem as if its unluckiness has been reversed here in the Southern Hemisphere. We’re about to dive into a three day weekend! October 12th, formerly celebrated as Día de la Raza, (race day) has been replaced with the much more appropriate Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural — a holiday that celebrates the cultural diversity within Argentina, was moved this year to Monday the 16th. And speaking of cultural diversity, there are plenty of opportunities to soak it up this weekend, via Catalan, Chilean, and Russian films, a Canadian hockey night, British music, Swiss theater, Japanese manga, or an American drag show. You’ve got plenty of options, so let’s get to planning!
Friday, 13th October
Buenos Aires is rounding off the second edition of its International Festival of Design (FID) this Friday in the Metropolitan Center of Design located in Barracas. In addition to the exhibitions that can be viewed every day (like the Good Argentine Design Expo, and Food Design Show), this afternoon’s agenda includes a large number of meetings, workshops, and talks (like the chat on the textile industry and sustainability, or stamp workshop). Bringing the best of both international and national design to the city, the festival gathers professionals, business men and women, artists, students, and the public to discuss sustainability, inclusiveness, and versatility in design. See a day by day breakdown of events here.
10 AM – 8 PM | CMD (Algarrobo 1041) | Free | More info
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of activities in the city titled ‘Bienal’
you’re certainly not alone here’s another one! The ‘Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires’ (‘BA’s International Biennial Celebration of Architecture’) has been taking place all over town, providing residents with the chance to delve into the art and science of architecture in one of the world’s most architecturally diverse cities. Today you can see Javier Correa’s “Amereida, solo las huellas descubren el mar,” a poetic documentary that explores the unique challenge faced by American architects in the construction of New World, at 5 PM in the auditorium of the CPAU (25 de Mayo 482). Or alternately, head down to the Usina del Arte and immerse yourself in some of the many architectural experiments that have been undertaken by university students (Caffarena 1). The Bienal will be going on until the 20th of October, and a full program of events can be found here.
Time and place will vary with event | Free | More info
Self-taught rock and roll duo Luciana Salinas and José Zarazaga were originally schooled in swing in a Swedish summer dance camp. After continuing their studies with big names like Frankie Manning, Ryan Francois, and Steven Mitchell, they later opened Buenos Aires’ own ‘Lindy Hop’ academy of swing, and have since enjoyed a great deal of success. Today they’re teaching a free class on the Lindy Hop, the Charleston, and the rock and roll in the Centro Cultural Kirchner. You don’t need any previous experience to participate, and you don’t even have to reserve your spot or show up two hours early to get a ticket — just head on down to ‘Terraza de la Sala Sinfónica’ and be prepared to move it.
6 PM | ‘Terraza de la Sala Sinfónica’ in the Centro Cultural Kirchner (Sarmiento 151) | Free
A four day-long celebration of Catalan cinema titled ‘De Barcelona a Buenos Aires,’ is taking place in the splendid Xirgu Espacio Untref. A Catalan cultural center located right in the heart of San Telmo, Xirgu is shining a light on a region whose language, culture, and autonomy have recently been in the global spotlight. The screening will provide a chance to experience Catalunya up-close, and discover what makes this region unique from the rest of Spain. For a complete list of the films showing this Friday and their trailers, click here.
5 PM | Chacabuco 863 | Free | More info
Saturday, 14th October
Buenos Aires Market is setting up shop in Villa Urquiza for yet another gathering of Argentine chefs, restaurants, regional producers and their healthy, wholesome foods. The moving, gourmet market boasts over 40 stands, a food court where you’ll be able to try dishes from around the world, communal tables, and of course, activities for kids. Browse a wide selection of organic produce as well as specialty items, including artisanal breads, pastries, sweets, homemade jellies, jams, and pickles — you name it. For a list of the businesses and restaurants participating this weekend, check out the event page here.
10 AM – 6 PM | Plaza Echeverría (Pedro Rivera and Triunvirato) | Free, but food’s on you!
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with a series of thematic activities including live music, theatrical productions, films screenings, and readings titled ‘Red October in the Conti.’ This weekend two contemporary Russian films will be shown — Elena on Saturday and Leviathan on Sunday — both the handiwork of the celebrated director Andrei Zvyagintsev. Admission to the screenings is free, but space in the theater is limited. Get your maximum of two tickets an hour before the function starts at the Conti’s box office.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
The Canadian Embassy in Argentina has teamed up with Chicken Bros to bring you a night full of hockey, beer, wings, and poutine (for those who have never had the pleasure to try it, poutine is a Canadian dish consisting of french fries/chips smothered in cheese and gravy). Two eternal rivals will be butting heads this evening — the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens — and the game will be projected live starting at 8 PM Argentina time. Come on down and celebrate what makes Canada great! Besides having a world-wide reputation for politeness, a single payer health care system, and Justin Trudeau that is.
8 PM | Chicken Bros (Thames 1795) | As much or as little as you’d like to spend | More info
Eclectic duo Damsel Talk will be presenting its first-ever EP tonight in Casa Brandon, ‘Fe Fi Fo Fum.’ Composed of British singer-songwriter and ukulele player Jenny Moule and Argentine guitarist Damien Poots, the group’s unique sound combines folk, jazz, dream-pop, theatrical narration, indie, and soul, and is guaranteed to blow you out of the water — it’s that good! Exploring universal themes like loneliness, abandonment, and the desire to fall in love, the performance will be heavy with elements of cabaret, as Jenny Moule plays the part as a fashion icon from the ’50s. Send an email to Casa Brandon to make your reservations (firstname.lastname@example.org).
9:30 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | Cost via email | More info
Sunday, 15th October
The bi-annual theater festival titled ‘Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires’ (FIBA) is back in the city again to bring theater to the masses. The two week long festival was held for the first time in 1997, when it was promulgated by the Buenos Aires’ Ministry of Culture. Showcasing Argentina’s national talent as well as inviting artists from abroad to share the spotlight, there are dozens of plays, concerts, recitals, and workshops in this year’s FIBA, with a day by day break down here. Today ‘Diez momentos en mi vida’ — an open project created by Swiss artist Mats Staub — will explore life’s defining moments, as written by the project’s participants. The work puts a special focus on birth and death —arguably the most crucial moments in any person’s life. Admission to the event is free, and you can get your tickets at the San Martín Theater’s box office.
10 AM | Teatro San Martín | Free | More info
Festival Clave is a cultural celebration organized entirely by adolescents. Taking place in the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the festival boasts film, music, photography, poetry, and a manga, comics, and cosplay component that will be taking place this afternoon. Local artists Otaku No Baires, Will No Name, Mundo de Susu, Aixa Quinn will be participating in the programming that includes workshops on comics and manga as well as artistic make-up, cosplay exhibitions, and more. Festival Clave will take place both days this weekend, and all of the events are completely free and open to people of all ages.
2 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1113) | Free | More info
Yoga Nidra — sometimes known as ‘Yogic Sleep’ — is a deep state of relaxation that is believed to be immensely restorative to the body. Prompted by a series of verbal directions given by a qualified instructor, the practitioner undergoes a conscious relaxation of all the muscles in the body, leading to a sensation of peace. A Yoga Nidra session will be held this evening in Chacarita, accompanied by the soothing sounds of Tierra Obsidiana — a music group specializing in world instruments like the sitar, shrutti box, and didgeridoo. Send a private message to the group here to reserve your space. Interested participants should wear comfy clothes, and bring an extra sweater or coat, and blanket.
6 – 8 PM | Chacarita (address by private message) | AR $100 | More info
What better way to celebrate Argentina’s National Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity than by getting down with Sasha Velour, winner of the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race? Following hot on the heels of finalists Naomi Smalls and Detox, Miss Velour will be performing at Fiesta Plop!, one of Buenos Aires’ most well-known LGBT parties. Tickets can be bought online on AllAccess, and in the case that they are sold out by the time that you read this, check out the conversation on the event’s Facebook page — there are always extras waiting to be sold!
11:55 PM – 7:55 AM | Teatro Vorterix (Federico Lacroze 3455) | More info