Argentina is a multicultural country with significant European influences. Buenos Aires, its cultural capital, is largely characterized by both the prevalence of people of European descent, and of conscious imitation of European styles in architecture. Museums, cinemas, and galleries are abundant in all the large urban centers, as well as traditional establishments such as literary bars, or bars offering live music of a variety of genres. The other big influence is the gauchos and their traditional country lifestyle of self-reliance. Although there are lesser elements of Amerindian and African influences, particularly in the fields of music and art.
Tango, a Rioplatense musical genre with European and African influences, is one of Argentina's international cultural symbols. The Milonga dance was a predecessor, slowly evolving into modern tango. Today, tango enjoys worldwide popularity with groups like Gotan Project, Bajofondo and Tanghetto.
Buenos Aires is one of the great theater capitals of the world, with a scene of international caliber centered around Corrientes Avenue, "the street that never sleeps", sometimes referred to as an intellectual Broadway in Buenos Aires. The Teatro Colón is a global landmark for opera and classical performances; its acoustics are considered among the world's top five.
Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina's most acclaimed writer and one of the foremost figures in the history of literature, found new ways of looking at the modern world in metaphor and philosophical debate and his influence has extended to authors all over the globe. Julio Cortázar, one of the leading members of the Latin American Boom and a major name in 20th century literature, influenced an entire generation of writers in the Americas and Europe.
Argentina is one of the most important sport powers in the region. Football is the most popular sport in Argentina. The national football team has won 25 major international titles for now, including FIFA World Cup, Olympic gold medals, and Copa América. Basketball is the second most popular sport, other popular sports include field hockey (Las Leonas), tennis, boxing, volleyball, polo, and golf.