Peru travel guide: La Semana de Arte in Lima

Looking for fun cultural or arts events in Lima ? Check out our guide to Lima's Semana de Arte.

This week, May 10-16, is the sixth annual La Semana de Arte in Lima. The art fest was kicked off in the packed-out Plaza de Arms with a tantalizing Argentinean Tango show by Mora Godoy.

In an effort to promote public appreciation for local arts, the weeklong festivities include extended hours at galleries, artist talks, a children’s drawing contest, and a concert as the grand finale.

Whether you’re on top of the contemporary art scene or just a casual arts enthusiast, La Semana de Arte is a great way to discover the city during a Lima tour.

Throughout the week, chic galleries in Barranco and Miraflores have hosted the city’s top avante-garde artists. It’s a rotating parade of cutting edge artworks that visitors can check out for free.

At the Museo de Arte (MALI), José Carlos Martinat´s fascinating ¨Monumentos Vandalizables: Abstraccion de Poder III¨, which includes graffitied models of buildings that represent institutions of power in Lima, and the local photographer Mario Testino´s stunning ¨Portraits¨ are also on view in the newly-remodeled Palacio de la Exposición.

From 7am to 11pm today, the San Isidro district gets to play posh, hosting contemporary art at a number of galleries. The Enlace Arte Contemporaneo displays work by Luis E. Camejo; La Galeria presents work by Valeria Ghezzi; Galeria Vertice exhibits a group show incorporating videography, photography, and canvas works; Galeria Indigo also hosts a group show; and Centro Cultural University Catolica Gallery showcases work on the poet César Vallejo.

On Saturday, the district of Callao ends the art fest with a children’s drawing festival at noon and free concert by the local rock band FRAGIL at 7pm at the Real Felipe Museum.

You can view the giant sculptures by Benito Rosa, Antonio Pareja, Silvia Westphalen, Javier Aldana, and more. The children’s festival, hosted by Faber-Castell, features a children’s drawing contest.

With a population of nearly 9 million, the city of Lima can seem daunting sprawl of sights to a traveler. Events like La Semana de Arte help to reign in the nearly endless options. If you can’t be in Lima this week for Art Week, consider taking a tour of Lima or planning your future trip to coincide with other cultural events.