Buenos Aires and the magic of July winter vacations
Updated: Jul 22, 2019
Buenos Aires is one of the theatre capitals of the world, with three hundred plays to choose from every week. Hence, Bonaerenses or 'people who live in Buenos Aires,' are natural theatre goers.
And their theatre-going starts at a young age - often during the July school winter vacation, when many theatres traditionally switch to children's plays.
Actors in full costume can be found on street corners in the theatre district along Avenida Corrientes, the Argentine equivalent of Broadway. You could be forgiven for imagining that Cinderella or Aladdin had materialised in front of you, surrounded by crowds of children vying for attention, or tugging on the actors' costumes, or simply gaping in disbelief and then trying to wriggle from their mother's grasp.
But it's not just on Avenida Corrientes that the plays are shown. On the Clarín newspaper theatre page, the section Genero - Infantil or 'Category - Children' currently lists one hundred children's plays in Capital or 'Inner Buenos Aires,' an area with four million inhabitants.
The following are just a few of the plays on show.
Children's plays at the theatre complex Paseo la Plaza include Aladin, Academia de SuperHéroes and Princesas el Musical, the last of these being a musical adventure involving four well-known fairy-tale princesses.
El hombre que perdió su sombra or 'The Man Who Lost His Shadow' is showing in the fabulous Teatro Cervantes, recently renovated.
And Mozart va a la escuela, or 'Mozart goes to School' is an interactive show at the Regina theatre in Avenida Santa Fe.
In my book, An Argentine in my Kitchen, one of the main protagonists, Pedro, is Argentine. Growing up in Buenos Aries, he would have remembered going to the theatre as a child. But the other main protagonist, Catherine, still has a lot to learn about Buenos Aires cultural events.