It happened two centuries ago, though no one’s likely to forget it anytime soon: on May 25, 2010, Argentina rings in 200 years since the May Revolution sent the Spanish packing. And, being a country that loves holidays and needs little more than a suggestion to throw a big bash, they’re doing the bicentenary right, with an entire year of events and activities celebrating all that is Argentina.
Should you happen to be in town before 2011 rolls around, check the official bicentenary website to see what’s on from among all kinds of art, design, and architecture exhibitions, music performances, and sports showcases. Mark these dates in particular:
April 22 – The opening of the Bicentennial Book Fair, which lasts til May 10, at Plaza Italia’s La Rural.
May 24 – At 8pm a massive free concert gets underway at the Obelisco, smack in the center of the world’s widest avenue, 9 de Julio. Top Argentinean performers like La Bomba de Tiempo, Patricia Sosa, Palo Pandolfo, Kevin Johansen and The Nada, and, for the grand finale, award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla and his electronic tango troupe BajoFondo will be entertaining over 200,000 heads.
May 25 – The majestic Correo Central will be re-inaugurated as the National Museum of Contemporary Art, with a vast Argentinean collection as well as works from Spain and Portugal. Also, the famous Teatro Colon, having closed it’s doors nearly 4 years ago for renovations, is set to reopen… fingers crossed! Update: read more about the Teatro Colon reopening here.
Everyday – Swing by El Pabellón Bicentenario in Palermo’s Parque Tres de Febrero for any number of events, including free tango lessons, paper theater performances, public theater works, poetry readings, and on and on. There is also a special timeline showing major events in the 200 years since Argentina’s independence.