During the second half of August, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, comes alive with people dancing the tango. The festival is an opportunity to celebrate this sultry dance, with events held all over the city. Dancers and musicians perform at various intimate venues and it’s a great way to see the very best dancers in the world.
If you’re inspired to try the tango yourself there are plenty of opportunities with beginner classes held all over the city during the ten day celebration, simply turn up to a class listed on the festival website (click the translate button on the right-hand side). There are also classes for more advanced tanguistas, but you need to register on the website to join in. There’s also a database of dancers if you need a partner to swing with!
The history of tango
With African and European influences, the word ‘tango’ was first used in connection with the dance in the 1890s. Originating in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, it soon became popular within society and in 2009 the dance was inscribed onto the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Buenos Aires itself is full of character, with stylish people and extravagant arts and architecture. Why not pay homage to Carlos Gardel, possibly one of the most prominent figures in the history of the tango, by visiting his sarcophagus in the Chacarita cemetery?
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