It’s that magical time of year again – the 2017 Tango Festival is almost here!
Visitors from all over the world will flock to Buenos Aires from August 10 through August 23 for the city’s international tango festival.
The annual event is a huge spectacle including two weeks of performances from 600 artists in 42 different venues sprinkled throughout Buenos Aires. Some of the most popular events include free concerts, performances, classes, milongas, and the Mundial de Tango – the world’s most important international tango dance competition. Dancers from all over the world come to Argentina to compete in the traditional salon category and the escenario (stage) category. The prize at stake? A chance to appear in the finals at Luna Park stadium! But no worries if you forget your dance shoes. There’s always a special fair that sells items made by the country’s top best tango clothing specialists.
It’s an incredibly entertaining two weeks that we look forward to each and every year. Here are some of the highlights from 2016’s event:
- A tribute to the composer and pianist Horacio Ferrer at the Usina de Arte, La Boca.
- A unique performance of Astor Piazzolla’s opera María de Buenos Aires at the magnificent Teatro Colón on Monday August 29.
- Dancer and choreographer Leonardo Cuello’s Infinito Tango at the Centro Cultural Borges on Friday August 26.
- Milongas with live orchestras at the cultural centres Julián Centeya (Boedo neighbourhood) and Resurgimiento (Villa del Parque).
- Tango dance world cup finals at Luna Park: salón tango on August 30, and stage tango on August 31.
- Contemporary Electro-tango shows at a specially made venue under the motorway opposite the Usina del Arte in La Boca.
- Concerts, milongas, exhibitions and tango classes at the Usina del Arte in La Boca.
- Shows by previous world cup champions at milongas throughout the city.
- Film screenings at the Museo del Cine.
- Intimate live performances at some of the city’s listed historic bars, such as El Progreso in Barracas.
To see a full list of festival events and activities, visit here. You can also check out some of our classic Buenos Aires tours, packages, and experiences over on our website. We hope to see you here – we’ll save a dance for you!