Buenos Aires has a new cinema event with a unique spin.
The new Outdoor Cinema Nights in Palermo, organised by BA Plan – a social platform designed to promote events and activities for expats living in Buenos Aires – offers guests “the movies the way you always wanted them.”
The outdoor space – in the host’s backyard – is covered with mattresses, blankets, and pillows for the guests to lay comfortably while watching Argentine films with English subtitles underneath an open sky. The space also has a pool if you prefer to enjoy the film in a floating position.
$120 covers the price of the ticket, a can of beer, and popcorn for the show.
It’s not cheap, but the setting is somewhat unique, and the event does provide the opportunity to meet and network with fellow travellers or expats. As an English-language oasis in the heart of Palermo, expats from the UK, the US, Canada, and Australia go with friends, or by themselves, ready to exchange travel stories, and soak up some Argentine culture in a space that isn’t too intimidating for the non-Spanish speaker.
Arrive a bit early and you can mingle with the crowd while waiting for the sky to darken, and the giant screen on the wall to be illuminated.
According to Jennifer, the event’s host, the idea was to engage expats in the cultural aspects of Argentina that often remain out of grasp. “While you can go to a club to meet local people,” she says, “culture is a little more difficult to integrate.”
While this is the first cinema program organised by BA Plan – and some kinks still need to be sorted out – the group regularly organises private house parties, pool parties, and other events designed to combat the “industrial scale” of larger clubs, and offer “something really special.”
The program is expected to continue until April, weather permitting, with a screening of the Argentine Oscar winner, ‘El Secreto de Sus Ojos’, scheduled for tonight, 10th February 2016.