Festivals and Events
Brimming with colour and history, it should come as little surprise that Argentina plays host to a number of exciting festivals throughout the year. With tango performances, live music, religious ceremonies and all kinds of seasonal snacks and beverages, Argentina’s myriad festivals have something to suit every taste.
Running every Saturday throughout the majority of January and February, the Gualeguaychu Carnival is one of Argentina’s most popular and highly anticipated festivals of the year. Comparsas - local dance groups - take to the streets, colourful and sequinned, to show off their choreography and synchronicity as audience members cheer and shout. This is the ultimate festival for anyone looking to blow off some steam and let go of their inhibitions.
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film
This incredible event brings people from every corner of the globe in celebration of all the fantastic films that are being made around the world but which never make it to commercial screens. Every year, a whole host of films are played in various cinemas around the city, drawing in crowds by the dozen and sparking meaningful conversations between fellow film-goers. Standard ‘best film’ and ‘best actor/actress’ awards are given out as well as some more unique titles such as ‘film of the future’ and the ‘UNICEF human rights award’.
ArteBA – Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Fair
One of Latin America’s biggest contemporary art fairs, ArteBA
is spread out across several days and sees artists from around the world mingle and showcase their work. One of the main draws, especially for local artists that are yet to establish a presence in the art world, is the chance to get noticed on an international scale. With a huge range of events and exhibitions, there is something at this festival for everyone.
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Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial
No Argentinean export has quite the same global reputation as tango. One of the most sensual and passionate dances in existence, tango is treated to its own fortnight-long festival, which consists of a dance showcase as well as a world cup. Thousands of dancers from around the world flock to Argentina’s bustling capital to compete for the title of ‘world champion’. Expect flamboyant costumes and jaw-dropping performances.
Festival Ciudad Emergente
The Ciudad Emergente festival is all about emerging and underground art and music. It is the ultimate promotion of self-expression among youths in Argentina. While art and music are mainstays at the events, there are dozens of other categories in which young people can showcase their talent, such as comedy, dance, film, theatre and fashion. For the headline events, huge venues fill up with energetic young people as DJs and VJs (real-time visual performers) take to the stage and wow the crowds.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could take all the best bits of Oktoberfest
and transport them away from Germany to a country with better weather? Welcome to Argentina’s National Beer Festival. Steins of beer and lederhosen speckle the town of Cordoba as Argentina pays homage to one of the world’s booziest festivals. When you need to take a break from drinking, head over to one of the many food stands and pick up some traditional wurst or apfelstrudel.