Every weekend in February, porteños across the city celebrate the Carnaval Porteño, an extravangant festival featuring tango, folk, cumbia, salsa and of course the traditional murga, a unique form of cultural expression with its roots in European and African music and dance traditions.
The colourful, rhythmical murga originates from Cadiz, Spain, but it became a prominent part of carnival celebrations in the working class, immigrant neighbourhoods of Uruguay and Argentina at the turn of the 20th century.
Agile performers in bright sequinned costumes and top hats whirl and kick to the rhythmic pulse of the bombo legüero, tambour and cymbal, as they parade through the streets.
Recognised as one of the most important in Argentina, Buenos Aires' carnival celebrations draw one million participants and spectators. More than 100 murgas take place across different neighbourhoods each weekend in February (from 7pm until 2am on Saturdays and from 7pm until midnight on Sundays) and on the public holidays granted for Carnival on a Monday and a Tuesday (in 2017, the public holidays for carnival are Monday February 27 and Tuesday February 29)
Abasto – Almagro – Balvanera – Barracas – Boedo – Colegiales – Flores –Liniers – Lugano – Mataderos – Palermo – Paternal – Pompeya – Saavedra – San Telmo – Villa Crespo – Villa Pueyrredon – Villa Urquiza
All events are free