Who is behind this cultural center?
We are Monica and Gabriel, two crazy people who one day had the idea of creating a cultural center. But of course, it wasn’t always that way. Before Luzuriaga, we dedicated ourselves to alternative tourism.
We managed a boutique hotel in Las Cañitas for 10 years, which gradually became a temporary rental house. There we met tourists who typically had nothing: they had another way of traveling.
Visitors wanted to discover alternative places with guides and locals. They were families and young people who wanted to know a real Buenos Aires.
On the days of our guests’ replacement, the house was vacant.
This is how two of our children, who are musicians, set out to organize Jam Sessions-style tango events with their friends.
Our children, again, were responsible for filling Luzuriaga with magic. The youngest, Diego, studies at the Avellaneda School of Popular Music and managed with Gustavo and Federico Aranda our first tango cycle: Vinilo Tinto. Little by little, more musicians from EMPA and other cultural centers brought their music and gave a new identity to our place. Gustavo and Pitu Fernandez brought us the neighborhood, the tango and the murga.
Today we have workshops that are true ambassadors of the culture of our city. A city that in turn is in a country and in a context of which we feel part.
Tango and filleting classes allow us to keep our traditions alive. ESI workshops break our heads and force us to rethink our gender roles.
We also cook for an organization called “Friends on the Road”. We distribute food and listen to people in street situations (sadly, more and more). The quality of the food is spectacular. They are not leftovers, and that makes us proud.