Fileteado & Tango Tour with a workshop
“Fileteado” is a cultural vehicle, a type of artistic painting, with stylized lines, swirling shapes, erupting flowers, climbing plants, birds, dragons and popular references. It’s an art form as representative of Buenos Aires as Tango, both are the soul and beating heart of the city.
Our journey begins in a street like no other in the World, with almost two blocks of houses painted from top to bottom in the Fileteado style. But there is more, on the same street we will encounter the house of Carlos Gardel, the most famous voice of Tango. Very close by we will also find a passage overlooking the historic Abasto Food Market (today a very popular shopping mall), with statues dedicated to the history of Tango and beautiful examples of Fileteado. Just another street from there, one can find a hidden gem of Fileteado, one of the most incredible works of art by Leon Untroib, one of the greatest Fileteado artists of all time, and you’ll get to see it!
The Abasto neighbourhood is ideal to start comprehending why both, Tango and Fileteado, are considered Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity and how close they are to the hearts and minds of the people who inhabit the streets of Buenos Aires. From Abasto we will travel to another iconic neighbourhood, forever associated with Tango and Fileteado, La Boca. Here used to be the old port of Buenos Aires, and one can breathe a part of the old town in almost every corner here. We will not only visit the known and very famous parts of La Boca, such as Caminito (one of the most photographed streets in the World), but also hidden gems that your tour guide will make sure to point out and tell their stories. Also, here we will have lunch in a historic bar-restaurant, filled with Tango history but above all with all its walls covered with the art of Fileteado.
From La Boca we will go to the very heart of Argentina, May Square, with the Metropolitan Cathedral next to it. The art of Fileteado it’s such an important part of the very soul of the city, that it even managed to get inside the Cathedral. It might get overlooked by most visitors, but be sure you will not. From the Cathedral we shall direct our compass to the oldest neighbourhood in town, where one can encounter the longest running pharmacy of the country, hidden tunnels, iconic characters of popular culture and many traditional and historic bars, churches and other buildings. Just to name some of the things we will see and experience during our time in San Telmo: we will make a stop at a Fileteado Bar, that includes original pieces by some of the greatest masters of the field; explore old shops and galleries where we will find examples of this art; walk down a historic passage that not only has Fileteado but other gems (like the narrowest house of the whole city); we’ll get to see Dorrego Square, the heart of old San Telmo neighbourhood and for many of Fileteado and Tango themselfs; and not far from there we’ll run into the house of one of the most important Fileteado artists of all time.
Finally, we’ll get to the headquarters of the Fileteado Association, where a fileteador (an artist who specializes in this form of art) will give us a one and a half hour workshop to create our own piece of art, while we share some mate (a traditional Argentinian hot drink) with bizcochitos (crisp butter-based cookies).
An English-speaking tour guide will be with you at all times, and a comfortable minivan with a professional driver will drive us through this adventure.
Join us to experience the city from a different perspective; Music, dance and painting will be our companions!