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CULTURE | 14-11-2023 00:18

BBC seeking audience for taping of top arts show in Buenos Aires

BBC World Service set to record episode of 'The Arts Hour on Tour' in Buenos Aires next week; Programme tours the world to bring best of local culture to global audience – here's how you can join the audience and see artists like Dante Spinetta and Benjamin Naishtat talk about their work in the flesh.

The British are coming to Buenos Aires – and they're looking for your help.

The BBC World Service has announced it will record an episode of The Arts Hour on Tour in Buenos Aires next Tuesday, November 21, and producers are recruiting audience members for show.

This edition of the flagship cultural programme, hosted by BBC presenter Nikki Bedi and recorded in a new city somewhere in the world every month, will feature several leading Argentine artists at this free-to-attend edition.

The event, which will be in English, will include live performances by singer Dante Spinetta of Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas fame and comedian and activist Ana Carolina.

There will also be interviews with famous local cultural heavyweights including actress Delfina Chaves from Netflix’s Edha and filmmaker Benjamin Naishtat of the 2018’s award-winning movie Rojo.

This BBC programme has millions of listeners worldwide and producers have previously recorded episodes in Mexico City, São Paulo, Bogotá, and many more locations.

With its date in Argentina’s capital now set, the legendary broadcaster plans to investigate Buenos Aires, which it describes as a "city of contradictions'."

"The Arts Hour on Tour visits cities all over the world to explore their hottest trends and issues, by talking to the artists who live and work there," said the BBC in a press release.

"In the cultural melting pot of Buenos Aires, we’ll hear how leading Argentine talents are dealing with waves of economic crisis and shaping the cultural future.

"BBC presenter Nikki Bedi will be joined on stage by artists to explore the ‘porteño’ identity of people who live in Buenos Aires, known as the ‘City of contradictions’; where tango is danced in the street, everyone is a football fan and there are more psychoanalysts per capita than any other city in the world," it read.

Tuesday’s event, to be staged at the Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131, C1196 CABA) opens for arrival at 7pm, with the event beginning half an hour later.

The recorded episode will be broadcast on the BBC World Service Radio in December.


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