Some of the best events in the city – film screenings, art exhibits, theater and dance – are put on by the various cultural institutes, some of which have several branches. Check individual websites or newspapers. Lima Agenda Cultural ( has event listings.

Live Music

Many restaurants and bars feature small local acts, while bigger bands tend to play at the casinos or sporting arenas. Most of the following places take table reservations.


Peruvian folk music and dance is performed on weekends at peñas. There are two main types of Peruvian music performed at these venues: folklórica and criollo. The first is more typical of the Andean highlands; the other is a coastal music driven by African-influenced beats. Admission varies; dinner is sometimes included in the price.


The latest international films are usually screened with Spanish subtitles, except children’s movies, which are always dubbed. Some cinemas offer reduced admission midweek. Listings can be found online or in the cultural pages of the local newspapers.


Pickings are slim, but the following theaters are worth noting. Built in 1909, the Teatro Seguraputs on opera, plays and ballet, while the Teatro Británico puts on a variety of works, including plays in English.