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Going out as a woman in Buenos Aires: How to handle the machistas

Monday, January 16, 2012 15:08

Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture - 0 Comments

Argentina may have elected a female president in 2007, but the inauguration of Christina Fernandez de Kirchner into Argentina’s highest office didn’t exactly ring the death toll for Latin machismo within the country. While we’re not exactly living in the dark ages here, machismo is still alive and well.

My good friend Merriam Webster defines machismo as a strong sense of masculine pride, or an exaggerated masculitiny. However, this is one of those words that carries a much heavier load than its literal meaning, and it can even mean different things to different people and within different regional contexts. Personally, when I think of machismo, I think of the prideful male ego that should never be bruised and a stubborn and unbending insistence on traditional gender roles.

One of the most prominent ways that machismo manifests itself in everyday life is through the piropo, which is actually a pretty difficult term to define. Depending on who you are talking to, a piropo can be a compliment directed at a charming young lady on the streets or it can be a direct form of street harrasment. While I’m not going to wax poetic on the political implications of this form of “flirtation”, I would like to offer some advice and experience on how to survive on the streets to my fellow females who plan on spending some time in Buenos Aires.

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 1.     Don’t take it personally: The piropo is not about you! If some wannabe alpha male decides to affirm his masculinity by throwing out some idiotic comment about your appearance, it does not mean that you have done something wrong! Don’t think that you dressed too provocatively or walked in a way that invited the comment, because you didn’t. I was once walking down the street in winter, minding my own business, when a man decided to yell out “Ay, mami, ¿cuánto cuesta?” which basically translates to, “Hey babe, how much?”. Was I wearing a mini skirt, tank top and stripper heels when he decided to inquire about my hourly price? Not even close, it was cold outside! I was bundled up in jeans, flat boots, a sweater, scarf and a winter coat. I even had my school books in my hand. I looked more like Laura Ingall than Jessica Rabbit. The bottom line is, the kind of man that catcalls at a random woman will catcall at any random woman so don’t blame yourself.

2.     Don’t make eye contact: The machista has a big ego, so if you look him in the eye after he just told you that you he wants marry you and build you a castle to live in together, his exaggerated sense of male confidence is going to take that gesture as an invitation. It is best to simply ignore the comment and keep on walking as if his existence doesn’t even register on your radar.

3.     Remember you are in a foreign country: In your home country, this kind of behavior might warrant physical retaliation or, at the very least, a verbal confrontation. In Argentina, however, catcalling is simply accepted and is not generally considered a very negative thing. Although I will never understand, many Argentine women even take piropos as a compliment and get distressed if they haven’t received one in a while.

4.     Know how to retaliate if it crosses a line: While the occasional light-hearted piropo is nothing to worry about, if someone is excessively harassing you while you are minding your own business and you did not make the accidental eye contact mistake, that is definitely crossing a line, and you can feel free to unleash a short scathing comment. He should get the message. Remember that is not culturally accepted for a man to touch you or make any kind of physical contact on the street, and you should definitely react and defend yourself if that line is crossed.

When the sun goes down and the city starts preparing to dance the night away in a boliche, the Argentino’s inner machista seems to shine a little brighter. Speaking from experience as a foreign woman on the Buenos Aires night scene, Argentine men are a little more persistent than what I’m used to back home in the US of A. A simple ‘no’ is generally not enough to deter the average Argentino, because, again, his inflated sense of male ego tells him that no woman could ever possibly reject his amorous advances. Obviously, if a woman says she’s not interested, he just needs to try a different approach. So what is a girl to do when she just wants to dance with the ladies, but an Argentino refuses to acknowledge that she is just not feeling it.

 1.     Be persistent: If he doesn’t listen the first time, try, try again. You may have to say no 3 or 4 times before a guy will understand that you mean business. Even then, he might try to act like there’s something wrong with you for rejecting him, but at least he’ll be off your case.

2.     Get back-up from a friend: If a guy really won’t leave you alone, it’s always good to have another friend back you up. Have your girlfriend say no, too, that you don’t want to chat, dance, or make out on the dance floor with this guy. For some reason, a little noise from the peanut gallery usually makes a guy back off sooner.

3.     Go out in a large group: The more people you go out with, the less likely it is that a guy will bother you, so sometimes it is nice to go out with a large group of amigos. If there are guys included in the group, even better. Very few Argentinos will approach you while you’re hanging out with another man, and a back-up ‘no’ from a male friend is almost a guaranteed free pass to dance the night away unbothered.

4.      Have fun: Don’t let the overly excited Argentinos ruin your fun. You can still have a great night with just the ladies or even meet a guy you actually do want to dance with. So if you have to say no to the first few frogs that come along, don’t despair. There are plenty of princes in the city, and you might just find one to teach you a little more about the local lifestyle.

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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Learning Spanish

Friday, April 29, 2011 13:48

Categories - Spanish, Student Stories - 6 Comments

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As I stated in last week´s blog, very rarely do I leave my house without my handy iPhone to help me navigate around the amazing city of Buenos Aires. In addition of finding great apps for the city, I have also found some wonderful apps to help me study Spanish… Here are my top 10 Spanish learning apps (including a couple of podcasts)!

1)      Basic Spanish for Dummies ($.99) – I think we are all familiar with this series of books that always simplify our lives by starting with the basics!  Its goal is to give you the essential vocabulary you´ll need to get around – greetings, expressions, directions, time, etc. I would strongly suggest to download this app a week or two before leaving, to get you started – your Expanish teachers will take it from there!

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2)      El Mejor Ahorcado ($.99) – We all get bored and like to play games on our phones as we are waiting in an airport or traveling on a bus, but now you can make it educational too! El Mejor AhorcadoThe Best Hangman,” will keep you entertained while also teaching you new Spanish words on the go.

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3)      BA Cast w/ Dan and Fernando Podcast – My newest found addiction that keeps me laughing as I walk through the streets of Buenos Aires and even on crowded subways!! Dan & Fernando (the expat & the local), give their own perspective of porteño culture and life on varied topics about fútbol, the Dirty War, rules of maté, fernet, and more! (While also schooling you on local lunfardoslang.”) This duo has just completed their first season, and I am anxiously awaiting more!!

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4)      Wordpower Spanish Lite (free) – Allows you to master Spanish one word at a time! Each day you are given a new word, with pronunciation by a native Speaker and the option to record yourself before moving onto the next word. Although this may seem like a slow process, it actually will help you build and retain your vocabulary “wordbank,” by reinforcing daily with practice flashcards!

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5)      Spanish Touch Trainer ($1.99) – This app will help you get accustomed to Spanish sentence structure, conjugation, and grammar in relation to English. Starting at a beginner or advanced level, you will be able to construct proper phrases one word at a time and earning points to make it more of a game! You will learn how to switch between tenses when telling a story about the past, present, and future, thus providing you with a greater proficiency in your conversations.

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6)      Gengo Quiz – Spanish ($4.99) – As you advance, you may want to quiz yourself so you can see just how far you have come! This app starts at a beginner´s level –Upper Intermediate, allowing you to gauge your progress. You may even surprise yourself how much you are learning.

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7)      Tune-in Radio ($.99) – Continue to embed yourself local porteño culture by tuning into local stations! Whether you are listening to talk radio, pop, or tango – you´ll pick up local expressions and the local beat of the city. And if you find a favorite radio show that you don´t want to miss, it even allows you to record stations to listen to later!

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8)      Gengo Grammar – Spanish ($9.99) – One of the hardest things about learning Spanish as an English speaker is learning a variety of grammar rules. Therefore this app is great in supporting your grammar at all levels while also aiding in a more extensive explanation. Along with your daily classes at Expanish – this is the perfect way to review and support your studies of adverbs, commands, passive voice, verb formation, etc…

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9)      Notes in Spanish Podcast – This podcast offers three different levels of oral conversation: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. The couple Ben (England) & Marina (Spain) discuss common topics such as music, social situations, holidays, etc. Although their accent is a very distinct Spanish accent, you can train you ear by listening to normal conversations on a variety of topics. It´s a great way to improve your audio skills and you can even follow up on their website for worksheets about each podcast!

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10)   Porteño Spanish ($.99) – One more fun thing about learning Spanish is learning the local slang or as the porteños would call “lunfardo.” This fun app is meant to help you understand and possibly incorporate some local jargon into your conversation! However keep in mind that some of the terms should not be used on a daily basis!

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Remember that we all have different ways of learning, so see which apps work best for you and your level! As well, let me know if you have any favorites not listed here!!



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Spanish Student´s Blog: Leaps & Bounds – What to expect out of your Expanish Spanish Classes in Buenos Aires

Thursday, February 3, 2011 8:11

Categories - Expanish News, Spanish, Student Stories - 0 Comments

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I am only in my third week here at Expanish and I can already tell that my Spanish has been improving by leaps and bounds! So what should you expect out of your classes…

Well, the morning bell rings at 9 am and classes begin. My professor Eduardo usually has us turn in our homework which could be a variety of exercises. One of my favorites is our vocabulary research – it´s not as boring as it sounds either. For example – words that end in “ero”: matadero, frutero, granjero, vinatero, etc… It’s a light way to start the morning and learn a ton of new words! The rest of the day is spent learning verb tenses and grammar – but in a fun and exciting way. We read about local history or the daily news, and discuss current events or attractions. Plus, I get to hear the adventurous things my classmates have done in the city. I get a daily tour guide to the city as an added bonus! Throughout my lessons, not only am I learning to sound porteño, but also learning common Spanish words and phrases used throughout Latin America.

Every day I feel more at ease in communicating with my classmates and expressing myself clearly.   I currently have 7 students in my class all of different nationalities: Brazilian, Slovakian, Swiss, and German. But throughout the school there are also people from France, Holland, Canada, England, Australian, and the list goes on! Since we are encouraged to speak in our classes, I am not only learning about Argentina, but also about countries from across the world.  I never imagined that I would become more worldly through my studies at Expanish in Buenos Aires!


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Expanish Student´s Blog: The Life of a New Spanish Student in Buenos Aires e

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 14:40

Categories - Argentina Travel Info, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Expanish News, Spanish, Student Stories - 2 Comments

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A little about me… I am 29 years old and from New Orleans, Louisiana USA. I have been working as a professional since I graduated, but was looking for a change and a chance to vastly improve my Spanish over the next 3 months. I have briefly visited Buenos Aires or “BsAs” before and desperately wanted to return to the porteño lifestyle. A city so full of life, with a passion for music, art, dance, and great food.  Who wouldn´t?!

As a new student here at Expanish, I also have an opportunity to share all of my new experiences as they happen; to help others that may be interested in making their way to “Paris of the South.” There are so many new sounds, smells, and sights to take in, that the adventure has only begun.

My first day of class at Expanish was of course filled with anticipation, but the friendly staff here welcomed me as soon as I walked in the door! I took my placement test, apologized for my Spanish, and was told not to worry! That´s why you are here – to learn, and to improve. I was given my room number and off to class I went. The first couple of hours went rather smoothly, except for my timidness in speaking… but I know that will quickly change. And the short breaks gave me an opportunity to rest my mind… and check my email. To finish the day, all new students were given a nice orientation about the city, the school, and the staff. Overall, it was a complete success! First day jitters are normal at any school, especially when you are in a new country. But all fears were quelled from Murphy in the admissions department, to Paula with my curriculum, Marina at the front desk, and of course my professor Eduardo. With the support of the staff here I know that I will attain my goals over the next 3 months.

Ill be blogging each week about my experience so make sure you re-visit!


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Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires – The Refresher Classes

Thursday, January 20, 2011 15:29

Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture, Spanish, Student Stories - 0 Comments

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Learning another language is very hard.  Even though I have studied Spanish in high school, college, studied abroad in Spain and had lived in Argentina for the past year, my Spanish still wasn’t where I would have liked it to be.  The main problem I had was that, although I could speak quickly and understand almost everything that was said to me, I developed numerous bad habits and misused a number of verbs and phrases that resulted in my Spanish sounding very “rough”.  Fortunately, given the fact that I worked for a Spanish language institute, I had access to some excellent Spanish teachers who could help me break these habits and teach me how to speak more fluidly.

On my first day of class, it was kind of weird getting used to “learning” again as it had been about 3 years since I had stepped foot into a classroom and the idea of doing Spanish exercises and working on pronunciation was a bit foreign.  The one thing that jumped out at me right away was how hard it was for me to talk about things and describe situations that I usually didn’t discuss with my friends, work collegues or during my day-to-day routine.  Like I said, I was stuck in a certain pattern of Spanish where I relied on my “surefire” verbs and vocabulary to communicate myself so to step out of this comfort zone was challenging to say the least.

The one thing that definitely helped me was my teacher’s approach to teaching; she immediately made me feel comfortable and told me to not be embarrassed or upset if I made an error, as this is the number one thing that holds people back from really improving their language skills.  Another thing that really assisted in my learning was trying different types of exercises.  From reading texts and doing a critical analysis on said text to writing essays to watching a movie in Spanish and describing what happened, these were things that I never would have done on my own but that paid immediate dividends as I (as well as my friends and colleagues) noticed that my Spanish really improved within a short amount of time.  Towards the end of my time taking classes (I took 2 months of individual lessons in total) I found myself completely committed to doing my homework, thinking about questions I had about Spanish that I could ask my professor and overall looking forward to each Tuesday when I got to meet with my teacher to improve my Spanish.

After having taken classes in Buenos Aires, I guess one piece of advice I have for those who are planning on taking classes during your time here is that you should really center your trip around your Spanish learning during your stay.  That isn’t to say that you should be studying day and night during your entire stay in Buenos Aires but rather you should take advantage of the fact that you are in a Spanish speaking country where your learning doesn’t have to end once you step out of the classroom.  Pay attention to what people say on the street and never hesitate to ask someone the meaning of a word that you don’t understand as most people are more than willing to correct your Spanish (and even teach you some lunfardo slang).  This way, you not only will have a blast living in a South American city and meeting awesome people but will also improve your Spanish skills; something that could benefit you both professionally and personally down the road.


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Trying to Understand Argentine News? Help at Hand with the Argentina Independent

Monday, December 6, 2010 13:50

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Spanish - 0 Comments

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Until you are a few weeks into your Spanish classes and the Spanish written and spoken world becomes clearer, you may have 1001 questions about current affairs in Argentina and Buenos Aires. You may catch a glimpse of something on a news channel and wonder what it is all about or see things on the streets and want to know more, and even though your Spanish is improving (thanks to Expanish) it’s difficult to find the answers in basic Spanish from the Argentine media to such mysteries as:

Why is Argentina fighting with Uruguay over a paper mill?

What is the controversy of Macri’s metropolitan police (and who is Macri?)

Is there really a Dengue Fever Crisis?

    Well we have the answer for you, the Argentina Independent. The Argentina Independent is an online English language newspaper that reports on Argentine and Latin American news and current affairs from its base in Buenos Aires. A team of talented and passionate ex-pats who all live in Buenos Aires explain even the most complicated Argentine stories in layman terms which is such a gift for those Spanish students in Argentina who have a thirst to understand this country that they are studying / travelling or living in. Even if you have lived in Buenos Aires for 4 years like me, the Argentine Independent really is a useful source of information as there is always something that you don’t understand, and we’re not talking just the language!

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    Along with local news it also publishes articles on Social Issues, Culture & Travel as well as having a classified section, reviews and information on events that may be happening in Buenos Aires. Whatever you need to know, there will more than likely be an article if you use their search tool to find historic information.

    So we do recommend that to improve your Spanish you should start reading some of the local newspapers in Spanish, such as La Nacion & Clarin, but we also recommend that you read the Argentina Independent to gain a greater understanding of life in Argentina or simply to find the next event that you want to attend in the city.

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    You can read the Argentina Independent here, or visit their facebook page


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    Comida que me gusta en argentina

    Friday, December 3, 2010 14:15

    Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture, Argentine Recipes, Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Clubs - 0 Comments

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    En Argentina, la comida siempre es la mejor excusa para reunirse. Pizzas  con amigos, pastas con la familia, ¡asados con todos!

    El almuerzo favorito de mi infancia fue la milanesa con papas fritas y huevo frito, y los  asados que hacía mi papá, que por supuesto siempre eran los mejores! Toda la familia se juntaba para compartir ese momento tan especial. Mi mamá nunca logró que tomara sopa, ni aún en los días más fríos del invierno. Mi enemistad con la sopa fue disminuyendo con el tiempo, y ahora,  de vez en cuando, puedo tomar alguna.

    En el interior del país, la gente hace una pausa al mediodía y almuerza tranquilamente, siempre comida recién preparada en casa. En cambio en las grandes ciudades, la actividad laboral nos lleva a tener un almuerzo muy breve, que puede ser ensalada, sandwich o las clásicas tartas y empanadas. Dentro del sandwich argentino, uno se puede encontrar con la más variada gama de ingredientes: desde tomate y lechuga, hasta un rico lomito asado. La cena se convierte, entonces, en el plato principal del día.

    Personalmente prefiero las comidas simples, sin demasiados condimentos: carne al horno o en milanesa, con alguna guarnición de papas, puré o fideos; pastas con manteca o salsa de crema, y por supuesto todas las variedades de pizza. También me gusta mucho hacer “picada” antes de la cena, que consiste en trozos de quesos varios, salamín, jamón, aceitunas, maní…

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    Los postres son, definitivamente, mi debilidad: tortas de chocolate, helados, masas de confitería, alfajores y flanes… todos son bienvenidos! Muchos de estos postres puedo hacerlos yo misma en casa, con lo que el placer es doble: preparlos y luego degustarlos!

    En Expanish organizamos una cena todas las semanas para nuestros estudiantes, en la que visitamos restaurantes y probamos comidas deliciosas. Si querés saber de qué se trata, contactanos.


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    An Outdoor Stage & World Class Dancers – This is Ballet in Buenos Aires.

    Monday, November 29, 2010 11:19

    Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Spanish - 0 Comments

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    On Saturday evening Spanish students in Buenos Aires were invited to join locals and attend a free ballet that was hosted by the Buenos Aires City Government.

    Avenida 9 de Julio, known as the widest street in the world, was closed to cars right up until the obelisco monument, situated in the centre of the avenida, in order to place a huge stage created especially for the ballet. This avenida is usually full of cars jostling to reach the lights quicker than the other; this had been quickly replaced by ballet fans attempting to find one of the 8000 seats that were available.

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    For those that weren’t lucky enough (or organized enough to arrive early… to find a seat, there was plenty of standing room available with two huge screens displaying the ballet so that nobody, of the estimated 20 000 people that attended, missed any of the action, even at the back.

    The chosen ballet was La Traviata which is a based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi and which stared Argentina’s very own Iñaki Urlezega alongside 84 other dancers and 70 musicians from the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra.

    I was standing in the crowd with young and old, men and women of many different backgrounds who had come together to have the opportunity to watch these fine dancers put on a captivating performance. Considering it took place in what is usually considered be a bustling, fairly noisy area, you could hear a pin drop as everybody was entranced by the show. Two of the security men did make the mistake of having a conversation until the crowd politely but assertively told them to shut up – which they did!

    After the show had finished I made many friends in the crowd who couldn’t wait to talk about their opinion of the ballet, all of it positive and of course in Spanish…what better excuse to practice my Spanish and learn some dance vocabulary!

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    The ballet was a complete success and was a great hit with the crowd. It was my first ballet and I have to say I’m now dying to see another one.


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    Learning Spanish in Argentina – The Porteño Way

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:26

    Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Spanish, Uncategorized - 2 Comments

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    The Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires is unique because of the characteristics of its dialects and slang which have a strong influence from the Italian language.

    Argentine Spanish, as in any other language has variations and different dialects according with the country, city or area where it is spoken. The Spanish in Buenos Aires, known as the Rioplatense Spanish which includes Buenos Aires, Montevideo (Uruguay) and Rosario is characterized by the voseo, the use of “vos” instead of “tu” which means “you” and the yeismo, which is different pronunciation of the “ll” like if it was a “y” or a “sh” in English.

    The slang spoken in Buenos Aires, the lunfardo, is mainly influenced by the Italian and also by other European languages. This can be explained by the large amount of Italian immigrants that arrived to Argentina and stayed in Buenos Aires at the beginning of 20th century. A great number of porteños have Italian last names and it is common to find lunfardo in Tango Lyrics as well as to hear it used in everyday language in the streets. Some examples of the lunfardo that can be heard in Buenos Aires:

    • Laburar: To work (from Italian lavoro , “work”),
    • Fiaca: laziness (from the Italian fiacco -weak-),
    • Morfar: To eat (from French morfer -to eat-),
    • Cana: lunfardo for policeman, or the jail,
    • Ciruja: Junkman one who collects (to earn a living) empty bottles, metals, cardboard,
    • Mina: lunfardo for woman.
    • Pebeta: lunfardo for young woman or girl.

    At Expanish we teach a neutral Spanish alongside Argentine Spanish so that you will be able to understand the people you hear on the street every day, but also, you will be able to talk and understand in other Spanish speaking countries.

    Have fun with your new words!


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    City of the Arts – November 2010 Cultural Events Agenda

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 7:13

    Categories - Argentina News, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays - 1 Comment

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    Spring has finally come to Argentina and the warm weather brings many fun and exciting   activities.  Enjoy November in Buenos Aires by taking advantage of some of our favorite       free and low cost cultural events:


    La Noche de los Museos (Nov. 13 @8pm – 3am)

    Location: Check out the list of over one-hundred participating museums here

    Celebrate museum culture under the moon with the 7th annual Museum Night, where the majority of the Buenos Aires museums, cultural centers, and galleries open up to the public.  **Expanish Recommended!

    Cost: Free

    ARTFUTURA 2010 (Nov. 5 – 8 Nov)

    Location: Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo

    Join the MALBA in celebrating the festival of Cultural and Digital Creativity that explores such topics like new media, motion graphis, videogames and digital animation.

    Cost: 20 pesos

    Photography Exhibits

    Buenos Aires, 24 horas (Nov. 2 – Nov. 19)

    Location: FotoGalería in the Teatro San Martin, Avenida Corrientes 1530, Centro

    This photography exhibit depicts different aspects of everyday life living in the bustling capital city of Argentina.

    Cost: Free

    Formas de Vida (Nov. 3 – Nov- 30)

    Location: Fotogalería in the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, Corrientes 2038, Once

    Argentine photographer Sebastián Freire, who photographs about “sexual diversity” are featured in a weekly supplement of the Página 12 newspaper called Soy, will show his work in the University of Buenos Aires’ Cultural Center’s photo gallery.

    Cost: Free


    Danzas Argentinas y Latinoamericanas (Every Monday @ 7pm-9:30pm, all of November)

    Location: Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Fernández Blanco, Suipacha 1422, Retiro

    Ever wanted to learn more about Argentine and Latin American dance? Take part in this fun dance class with Prof. Luis Boccia.

    Cost: 4 pesos per class

    Danza por los Barrios (Thursday – Saturdays in November, check website for details)

    Location: Cultural Centers in various neighborbhoods

    During November, the Dirección de Promoción Cultural invites the public to a dance espectáculo in seven different Buenos Aires barrios.

    Cost: Free


    Teatro Ciego (Check website for times)

    Location: Centro Argentino de Teatro Ciego, Zelaya 3006, Abasto

    Theater for the Blind forces spectators to focus on all other senses other than sight as they are immersed in a space that has complete darkness.

    Cost: starts at 20 pesos

    Stand Up en el Konex (Every Thursday @10pm)

    Location: Ciudad Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

    Every Thursday, Ciudad Cultural Konex presents standup comedy night where young Argentine comedians test out their funny skills.

    Cost: 30 pesos


    Conciertos de Música Contemporánea (Until Nov. 26)

    Location: Teatro San Martin, Avenida Corrientes 1530, Centro

    Every night at 8.30pm listen to beautiful music at the Contemporary Music Concert series.

    Cost: 35 pesos

    Hit de Road Festival (Nov. 6 @ 6pm)

    Location: Centro Cultural Matienzo, Matienzo 2424, Belgrano

    22 musicians will take over 3 stages to cover songs fit for the “open road.”  Make sure to also check out the collective art show exhibiting works from 25 artists such as travel journals, maps, photos and paintings.

    Cost: 20 pesos

    Other artists coming to Buenos Aires in November

    *For purchasing tickets, check out TicketPortal or Ticketek


    Festival of India (Nov. 4 – Nov. 16)

    Location: Borges Cultural Center,  Viamonte and San Martin, Centro (among many other locations)

    Join the Indian Embassy in celebrating its third year in celebrating Indian culture.  Such activities will include a photo exhibition at Plaza San Martin, Food Festival at Hotel Sheraton, Film Festival, Music, Dance, Seminars, Yoga and more.

    Buenos Aires Gay Pride Festival and Parade (Nov. 6 starts at 3pm)

    Location: Plaza de Mayo, Centro

    Once a year, the LGBT community hits the streets of Buenos Aires to celebrate.  Catch the fair and festival at 3pm and stay for the parade that takes over the downtown area at 6pm.

    Mar del Plata Film Festival (Nov. 13 – Nov. 21)

    Location: Mar del Plata, Argentina

    For those interested in taking an excursion outside of the bustling capital, make your way to the beaches of Mar del Plata for their 25th Annual International Film Festival.

    For more resources to find out events happening in Buenos Aires, check out:

    Buenos Aires Government Agenda

    What’s Up Buenos Aires

    Vuenos Airez

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