Feria Internacional del Libro is one of the most celebrated and popular annual events in Buenos Aires. Appointed by UNESCO as the World Book Capital this Book Fair is the most important annual literary event in the Spanish speaking world. Each April of every year around one million people from all around the world but specially from Latin America will visit the fair.
As a Vamos Spanish Academy student, currently taking Spanish Classes in Buenos Aires, I wanted to not lose the opportunity to visit the fair and explore what it has to offer. After a long but relatively fast moving line, I paid the AR$120 for the ticket and went into La Rural, the huge convention center in Palermo, where hundreds of stands with millions of books waiting to be read. Going to a Book Fair, I obviously expected to see a lot of books by publishers, but what I didn’t expect was the presence of all the other Argentine provinces and embassies of international countries showcasing literary works by their very own writers. A lot of them not only have books but also exhibit historical artifacts, and arts and crafts. Even the Banco Central de La República Argentina has a stand educating people about the new version of the currency, juxtaposing them with old coins and paper bills. There were a lot of very interesting historical and cultural information to see. For like an hour, I thought I was in a museum!
Other than all the books for every interest and every age group that you can think of, the Fair also has daily schedules jam-packed with activities which include writers signings and appearances, book presentations, panel discussions, educational workshops for children, cultural performances etc. Like the highly acclaimed, Nobel Prize in Literature Winner Mario Vargas Llosa was the keynote speaker. A lot of fans had waited for hours in order to get into the limited seating event, and it was definitely the news of the day.
The Book Fair has so much to offer that even if you are only a Spanish language novice, where picking up a Spanish novel is the last thing on your mind, you will still find something interesting to see, something fun to learn and most of all, have a great time experiencing the culture of Argentina.
Finally, 2019 was a very interesting year because Cristina Kirchner presented her very controversial book “Sinceramente” If you are interested in politics you might want to see this… https://twitter.com/CFKArgentina/status/1126621448095666176
For more information about Feria del Libro contact our Language school in Buenos Aires. Phone 01159852201 or visit us at Av. Cnel. Diaz 1736, Buenos Aires, Argentina https://vamospanish.com Escola Espanhol Ingles para Empresas