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Neighbourhoods & Community, Culture & Arts, Workshops & Classes
Saturdays. Private tours available upon request.
From 35
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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This is a way to experience Buenos Aires through an artistic lense, more specific through a ‘fileteado’ lense. Fileteado is a type of artistic drawing and lettering, with stylised lines and flowered, climbing plants. Discover this gorgeous city through its art, visit an iconic museum and take a ‘fileteado’ art class with an expert!
Impact of this experience
Cultural, historical and artistic immersion in a vibrant city.
You’ll support the work of a young and dynamic team of professionals bridging the gap between locals and visitors.
This is in immersion in real life artistic Buenos Aires a way to you’ll learn about about local idiosyncrasy and a new art form.
Fileteado art has been declared “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. It emerged together with tango music and became a symbol of Argentine identity. By joining this experience you'll help keep this tradition alive.
Thanks to this experience it has been possible to achieve:
Connect people through this experience
Invest in cultural projects
Discover beauty
Support local art and artists
Invest in cultural projects
Share cultural heritage stories
• Guide: Local expert guide

• Language: Spanish & English

• Frequency: Regular tours on Saturdays. Private tours available every day upon request.

• Good for: Adults, groups and companies.

• Participants: 2-12

• Entrance fee to the Carlos Gardel Museum

• Afternoon snack

• Fileteado class

• Materials used in the class

Discover this art of the “fileteado” with us and learn how to do it with your own hands.
The word “fileteado” comes from Latin prefix “filo”, which means “tread”. Fileteado is an “ornamental tread” which with its shapes and colours were revolutionary during the early 20th century in Buenos Aires, when Italian immigrants

The filetes were born as simple ornaments, becoming an emblematic form of art for the city. Many of its initiators were European immigrants, mostly Italians who worked for chariot shops introduced new lines and shades in vehicle decoration and who brought from Europe some elements or art, that were mixed with the local tradition. It emerged together with tango music and has become a symbol of Argentine identity. The ‘fileteado’ was recognized as an art form after 1970, when it was exhibited for the first time. It's been declared “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.

On this experience you’ll tour the city with your guide so that you can see how the ‘fileteado’ art style covers life in the city, this gives Buenos Aires a completely unique urban style.

You’ll then visit the Carlos Gardel museum and have a ‘fileteado’ class with a professional fileteado artist. He’ll help you make your own work of art, which you can of course take away with you. In this class you’ll also learn all about the history and secrets of this art style, you’ll finish the day with a traditional Argentinian afternoon snack as you talk with local art experts.

This experience is created by tourism professionals with a focus on responsible tourism experiences. They’re a young and dynamic team who know Buenos Aires inside out and, they have designed unique experiences with a real exchange between locals and visitors and in total respect for the natural and cultural environment of the place being visited.
1 reviews  
Cristina C.
January 2019
I recently took this interactive walking tour that was arranged by my school and I'm so glad I did. I knew nothing about Fileteado art and had no idea what an important part of Porteño culture it was and how it is tied to Tango. Our group was small and our two guides were very friendly and knowledgeable about the subject. I was the only person who was not fluent in Spanish (I'm here learning) and our guide sweetly translated For me when i needed help. The best part was at the end when we arrived at a little shop near San Telmo called Filetes Porteños. One of the few remaining studios still producing this beautiful art. The owner was kind & patient as he helped us to créate our own little Fileteado design. A lovely way to spend part if a day in Buenos Aires. Santa Rosa, California.
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