Spice up 2013 with 5 great Argentine Festivals

Carlos Gardell

With the first six months of the year spent working hard and meeting deadlines, it’s time for a little passion to be added to your life. Why not escape to the southern hemisphere and add a dash of sexy rhythm to your Latin getaway? Although celebrations like the International Festival of Independent Cinema and the South American Music Conference (SAMC) have come and gone, you have yet to miss out on many of Argentina’s cultural dips and turns. Take a look at these 5 great Argentine Festivals:

The Anniversary of Carlos Gardel’s Death (June)

Possibly the most prominent figure in the history of Tango, Carlos Gardel made a strong impact on Argentina’s performing arts. Although he led a legendary life, it was sadly short-lived when he passed away at the young age of 45 in 1935. For a week in June, locals unite and dance the tango in various venues in honor of Gardel – a vibrant experience you will not want to miss.

Argentina’s Independence Day (9th July)

Transform from tourist to local and celebrate in the busy streets of Buenos Aires where parades and barbecues take over. Food, family and friends are the key to this special day of celebration and conversation, so be sure to chat with the natives to learn about their culture and how their country’s independence affects them – an insider’s tour of Argentine life.

Buenos Aires Tango Festival (August)

This nine-day fiesta makes its mark as one of the biggest festivals in Buenos Aires as it awakens the city with the sensual tango. It is home to endless dancing, free classes, concerts, shows and exhibitions. So if you want a true taste of South America’s inspiring traditions, this event is a vital part of your trip.

International Video-Dance Festival (September)

Held at the Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center, this fun and unique festival has been entertaining Argentinians and tourists alike for some 22 years. From the 24th until the 29th of September, this five-day affair hosts screenings, lectures and workshops about dancing as an art form and video-dance specifically – a modern twist on an ancient tradition.

International Festival of Buenos Aires (September)

Every two years, this renowned festival takes place at various venues all across the city with master classes, special talks and even performances from international artists. Yet another event filled with zest, skills and customs to unite residents and travellers.

5 reasons not to miss Ibiza’s Summer party season

Ushuaia Party

There are few places in the world that epitomize sea, sex and sun (or is that ‘sin’) better than the stunning Balearic island of Ibiza. The official birthplace of the ‘rave’, it is not surprising that it has the reputation of being the quintessential clubbing island of the Mediterranean. Ibiza has the beautiful people, the beautiful beaches and plenty of fun to go around year-round. But if you are looking for the ultimate in decadence and debauchery then Ibiza’s Summer party season is when you must go and many of the island’s clubs and venues have special events running right through to the end of August.

And for those that can’t be convinced, here are 5 reasons why a last-minute Ibiza getaway may just be unavoidable.

Experimental Beach Ibiza

Having just opened on 1st May 2013, be one of the first to trial the newest venture from the guys behind the likes of Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown in London and New York’s Experimental Cocktail Club Lower East Side. Given its patrimony you can be pretty confident that this one is going to be a success. Open from 10am to 1am for drinks, food or just a lazy day at the beach.

Bomba Ibiza

Another new Ibiza venue with a promising pedigree is Cipriani’s latest club Bomba Ibiza. Last year saw the opening of their Ibiza restaurant Downtown Ibiza. And this year’s club opening is certain to offer the glitz and glamour that we have come to expect from the Italian group. The club was to debut on opening weekend, but it has been announced that it will be delayed (date to be revealed soon). But in true Ibiza spirit, to make up for the last-minute postponement, Cipriani’s Downtown Ibiza will be hosting a number of one-off parties over the next few weeks. And they’ve set the standard by kicking off the season with an exclusive set from Disclosure and Fatboy Slim.

Ushuaia Party

Perfectly placed in the 5* Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, the Ushuaia party is renowned for being one of the best outdoor summer events. The opening party, with its stellar international DJ line-up, was touted as the hip and happening place to see and be seen and certainly attracted the island’s VIPs. And with parties held throughout the summer season there will be plenty of opportunities to check out the breathtaking views from the newly built Ushuaia Tower or lounge poolside, sipping your cocktail, while the DJs take to the decks and spin the ultimate Ibiza summer soundtrack.

Ibiza Rocks

Nothing says ‘summer party’ like live music. And Ibiza Rocks, running from 5th June to 18th Aug 2013, always draws the cream of the Rock ‘n’ Roll crop. It is one of the few venues not to launch on opening weekend. So if you haven’t already booked your Ibiza getaway and you needed one more reason to head to the island this year – this is it. Lap up the sun while enjoying an eclectic line-up including Franz Ferdinand, Aluna George, Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding, there’s a little something for everyone.

Nikki Beach Ibiza 

The Nikki Beach Group doesn’t need much of an introduction, much thanks to its notorious St Tropez location that attracts the rich and famous from June to September. But now Nikki Beaches seem to be popping up in every popular sundrenched destination: Koh Samui, Cabo San Lucas, Mallorca, Marbella, Miami, St Barth, and now the buzzing town of Ibiza (launching this summer) – an obvious choice for their newest spot. Located on the East coast of the island on a stunning beachfront property overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Nikki Beach Ibiza will showcase its signature beach club, a restaurant and boutique.

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