Friday, May 26, 2006

A Snapshot on fairs in Buenos Aires / Radiografía de las ferias de Buenos Aires

A Snapshot on fairs in Buenos Aires . Buenos Aires currently boasts fairs that have become true emblems of the city and imbue the neighboorhoods where ther are held with deepes identity. The fair held at Plaza Cortazar also known as Placita Serrano, stands out for its unconventional items, which are different from those offered by most fairs in other points of the city. This is a place where design, innovation, non-standard cloting and unconventional fabrics and models are dominant. In Recoleta, the never-ending Plaza Francia manages to make the already vibrant grass-carpeted scenery even more colorful with its array of arts and crafts stands.

San Telmo, boasts its antiques fair, where the most unthinkable items can be found as if they were floating amid the neighboorhood's typical inmigrant quarter atmosphere. The area retained its colonial architecture: standing among these constructions, the fair on Plaza Dorrego is like a huge shop window that displays extremely ancient lamps as well as jewelry, period clothes, books and other objects that can make us travel through time just by catching our eye.As a result of the large number of visitors that this fair receives every weekend, stands have spread out to neighboring streets, adding more crafts novelties. The atmosphere of this spot is enriched by tango dancers, musicians and human statues that pass the hat around after their perfomances. The nearby streets afford a combination of cafés, restaurants, and prestigious antique stores.The San Pedro Telmo fair is one of the major sights around town and has become increasingly advertised over the past few years. With the characteristic odor - which is reminiscent of things retrieved from old chests - , its cobbled streets, its well-preserved architectural heritage and its bohemian air, this fair fascinated tourists and is a source of pride for Buenos Aires locals.

Radiografía de las ferias de Buenos Aires.

Hoy en Buenos Aires existen ferias que se han transformado en emblemas de la ciudad y que le aportan identidad al barrio que las acoge.

La de Plaza Cortazár, la placita Serrano, se destaca por sus artículos no convencionales, distintos a los que ofrecen la mayoría de ferias de diferentes puntos de la ciudad. Aquí impera el diseño, las novedades, la ropa no estandarizada, las telas y modelos menos convencionales. En Recoleta, la interminable feria de Plaza Francia aporta aún más colorido, con sus puestos de artesanos, al pasto que alfombra este espacio abierto.

Mientras que San Telmo tiene sus ferias de antiguedades en donde los más impensados objetos añejos se pueden encontar flotando en ese aire de arrabal. El barrio conserva su arquitectura colonial y en medio de dichas construcciones la feria, ubicada en la Plaza Dorrego, es una inmensa vidriera que reúne antiquísimas lámparas, joyas, vestidos de época, libros y demas objetos que con solo contemplarlos nos traslada en el tiempo. Por la cantidad de visitantes que recibe la feria cada fin de semana se han extendido los puestos a pasajes aledaños que agregar artesanías y novedades. La atmosfera de este paseo se completa con los bailarines de tango, músicos y estatuas vivientes que brindan espéctaculos " a la gorra". Las veredas de alrededor alternan cafés, restaurantes y anticuarios prestigiosos. La Feria de San Pedro Telmo es uno de los atractivos turísticos de la ciudad. Con su olor característico de objetos rescatados de viejos baúles, sus calles empedradas, su patrimonio arqutectónico bien conservado y su aire bohemio, fascina al turista y enorgullece al porteño.

Links www.feriasdedisenio.com.ar www.santelmo1.com www.bue.gov.ar/audioguia www.feriadeanticuarios.org

1 comment:

Paula said...

I knew those fairs! Last year I was staying in an apartment for rent Buenos Aires and I was 2 blocks from there.
It's beautiful if you go on weekends. You have all the little shops and live performers!

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