Words by Leah Gillen, an Admissions Advisor at CAPA The Global Education Network.
When you study abroad in Buenos Aires, there's a few cultural celebrations throughout the country that are worth looking into attending! Here are five for your list:
1. Tango Festival
Argentine Tango is famous around the world, but no place celebrates it more than its home city of Buenos Aires. Every August, Buenos Aires hosts a tango festival that brings tourists and locals out into the street. Performances, lessons, and open air parties take place day and night in the city, and professional dancers from around the world gather to take part in the revelry.
2. Book Fair
Calling all book lovers: every year, Buenos Aires hosts one of the largest book fairs in the world. For three weeks every April, laymen, students and scholars alike can roam isles and isles of books in venues throughout the city, where everything from cook books to traditional Spanish literature can be found.
3. Independent Film Festival
Actors, directors, and movie fans flock to Buenos Aires for the Independent Film Festival, which screens independent films from around the world for public viewing. For a week, tourists and locals alike can go to see screenings of classics, new releases, and everything in between. No genre is left ignored by the International Film Festival, which aims to introduce the public to movies that Hollywood overlooked.
4. Nation Day
The 4th of July of Argentina is not to be missed for tourists or locals. On May 25th of every year, the streets of Buenos Aires are filled with people celebrating the anniversary of Argentina’s independence from Spain. Parades, concerts and marches take over the city as revelers of every age join in the fun.
5. La Rural
Every year, Buenos Aires hosts La Rural, a week long livestock fair in the center of the city. Cows, goats, sheep and even bulls are brought in to the city to be bought and sold. The main event, however, are the performances of the traditional Argentine cowboys called Gaucho. During the fair, Gauchos ride horses and rope sheep for the entertainment of the crowds.