Argentina Toward the Future
By Dialogo January 01, 2010
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner invites Argentines to rethink their
country during the bicentennial. “The bicentennial will offer us a great opportunity
to rethink our country, not looking back but looking forward, yet with a vision of
those things we could have done better or where we went wrong so that we do not make
the same mistakes again,” Fernández said during the official presentation of the
bicentennial program in December 2009.
The country is preparing to show the world the special things Argentines have
THEATER: Teatro Colón (Columbus Theater) in Buenos Aires is considered
one of the best in the world.
FOOD: A typical meal is the “asado,” a style of preparation of various
types of meat cooked on a grill over an open fire.
FILM: The world’s first animated feature films were made and released
in Argentina in 1917.
LITERATURE: It has a rich history of worldclass literature. Argentine
Jorge Luis Borges is one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed writers.
SPORTS: The most popular sport is soccer. The national soccer team has
won two FIFA World Cups and 14 Copa Américas.
MUSIC: Tango is the traditional music.
DRINK: “Yerba mate,” an indigenous drink, is Argentina’s national
beverage. The country is one of the world’s most prominent wine