Buenos Aires celebrates arts, proves Olympic YOG bid credentials with cultural events
CHAD WISE / Sport Features Communications
January 17 – Coinciding with its bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), Buenos Aires drew large crowds at recent events to start the year. An open air cinema in Palermo Woods, the proposed Triathlon venue for the Buenos Aires 2018 plan, attracted a combined 7,000 visitors in its two opening shows.
More than 100 open air activities will span the “Summer in the City” lineup, giving citizens from different districts within the city the opportunity to show the Argentine capital’s ability to host a large scale event like the Youth Olympic Games. Centennial Park Amphitheatre, Buenos Aires Polo Circus, Roca Park, and the Obelisk in Plaza de la República will each host events throughout the summer, including music, dance, theatre, art, and poetry.
Part of the Buenos Aires YOG Plan, an open-air, cultural space next to the famous Colon Theatre in Vatican Square was inaugurated before Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires City. The space includes a 60-square meter, full-color LED screen, connects Lavalle Square and Viamonte Street, and will mainly be used for open-air shows for locals and tourists.
Another of Buenos Aires’ events, “2012 Museums Night” in November of last year, had a record 750,000 people attend. The event was free and took place in 183 museums and cultural spaces around the city.
“It is fantastic to see Buenos Aires come alive with a shared passion for culture and the arts,” Hernán Lombardi, Buenos Aires City Minister of Culture, said. “We are overjoyed by the willingness of our people to unite in these spectacular celebrations.”
The “Buenos Aires Bookstore Night” drew more than 55,000 people in December 2012. In its sixth installment, 70 different cultural activities were set up around the city’s open spaces in districts like San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta, May Avenue, and Corrientes Avenue. ‘The Nutcracker’ also had 30,000 attendees that month.
“As we continue our bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, we are truly inspired by what we have witnessed at these events,” Beunos Aires City Under-Secretary of Sports and Buenos Aires 2018 YOG Bid Committee CEO Francisco Irarrazaval said. “Our aim is to harness the enthusiasm and excitement that the citizens of Buenos Aires have shown and continue to grow support for our campaign.
“As our bid continues to gather momentum, we are unequivocal in our belief that Buenos Aires can host a dynamic, culturally-rich Youth Olympic Games that the youth of Argentina, South America, and the world can celebrate and enjoy together.”
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