National Folklore Festival

Argentinian people live not only for tango. Folk music, which has Mercedes...

Argentinian people live not only for tango. Folk music, which has Mercedes Sosa as its greatest exponent, is a highly popular style in the country. It carries all the components of Gaucho culture (Gaucho refers to inhabitants of the countryside): typical costumes, group dances and the famous barbecue, enjoyed with wine and celebrations.

This festival has taken place since the 1960s in Cosquín, Córdoba province, which is located in the middle of the country. It celebrates the day of Our Lady of the Rosary – the city’s patron saint. At the end of January, the city is taken by partygoers for 9 days, as they travel to reconnect with their Argentinian roots. The highlight of the event takes place in Próspero Molina Square, where many dance performances and music presentations take place on the Atahualpa Yupanqui Stage (named to honor a major Argentinian folk musician).

The classic rituals to celebrate this festivity include street plays – known as Callejeros – and arts and crafts fairs that are held in San Martín Square. Many people like to gather by the river, where they place their barbecue grills. Delicious meats and side dishes are cooked to feed everyone who is ready to party from dusk to dawn.