This coming weekend, BA’s creative types will make the annual pilgrimage to the coastal city of Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires province for the ninth annual TRImarchi festival of graphic design, a massive affair that welcomes 5,000 designers and tens of thousands of visitors from all over Latin America and the world. The three-day convention is the largest of its kind globally and for US$100, ticket-holders gain access to a long weekend of conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and parties – and, if time allows, some springtime beach hours.
The 2010 edition of Trimarchi will host special invitees such as American designers Hugo & Marie, US cartoonist Chip Kidd, Argentinean wunderkid designer Martin Tibabuzo of the Buenos Aires/Berlin-based collective Fase, Venezuelan illustrator Gustavo Borges, and BA-based graffiti artist Tec, along with a slew of artists from such places as Spain, Canada, Colombia, and Brazil. Aside from the featured artists, visitors can spend whole days getting lost among the stalls of exhibitors, which include art, music, and culture magazines and publications from around the continent, galleries, record labels, production companies, and more. Luckily for die-hards, the sun setting is no reason to wind down: the two-night Buenas Noches Trimarchi fiesta is fueled by loads of electronic and experimental audiovisual musicians and DJs.