By Emily Goddard

Bookstores NightJanuary 16 - Buenos Aires 2018 has got the New Year underway with a series of special cultural events, which are attracting hundreds of thousands of local people to the Argentinean capital.

As part of the "Summer in the City" programme, more than 100 open air activities for adults and children, including music, dance, theatre, art and poetry, will take place throughout the Argentinean summer, with an open-air cinema getting things underway at Palermo Woods – the proposed triathlon venue for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Other events will be held at various famous landmarks in the city including Centennial Park Amphitheatre, Buenos Aires Polo Circus, Roca Park and the Obelisk in Plaza de la República.

"As we continue our bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games we are truly inspired by what we have witnessed at these events," Francisco Irarrazaval, Buenos Aires City Under-Secretary of Sports and Buenos Aires 2018 chief executive, said.

"Our aim is to harness the enthusiasm and excitement that the citizens of Buenos Aires have shown and continue to grow support for our campaign.

"It is also fantastic to see that children from all over Argentina were involved in these activities.

"This is proof that hosting such events can provide a great platform for youngsters to shine on a national and global stage.

"The number of spectators and participants that these events have attracted is a success in itself and this is also a resounding endorsement of our hosting capabilities.

"As our bid continues to gather momentum, we are unequivocal in our belief that Buenos Aires can host a dynamic, culturally rich Youth Olympic Games that the youth of Argentina, South America and the world can celebrate and enjoy together."

Palermo WoodsPalermo Woods is the proposed triathlon venue for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games

This latest initiative follows on from last year's projects, such as the "2012 Museums Night", which welcomed a record number of 750,000 people to a free event that took place in 183 museums and cultural spaces around Buenos Aires in November.

The city also held the sixth edition of the "Buenos Aires Bookstores Night", which saw more than 55,000 local people taking part, at Corrientes Avenue in December 2012.

The event also included the presentation of the "Buenos Aires Bookstores Map", an online tool aimed at connecting young people with cultural and educational activities around the city.

"It is fantastic to see Buenos Aires come alive with a shared passion for culture and the arts and we are overjoyed by the willingness of our people to unite in these spectacular celebrations," Hernán Lombardi, Buenos Aires City Minister of Culture, said.

"Buenos Aires is a true cosmopolitan metropolis, famous for its rich and diverse culture.

"It is a special feeling when a city comes together like this, the buzz and the energy around the place has been palpable."

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