For anyone who is on holiday in Buenos Aires in August, the Buenos Aires Tango Festival is a must. The festival brings together the top tango dancers in the world and showcases their talent. At the festival visitors are able to watch the best dancers for free.
The festival is in fact two events in one – it starts with a nine-day celebration of tango and then ends with the world championships. During the two week festival over 150 concerts, dance shows, ‘milongas’ and parties take place and they are all free! An estimated 400,000 visitors are expected this year. The global growth and influence of tango has been so great that in December 2009 UNESCO declared Tango to be a part of the World’s Cultural Heritage.
You may recall viewers of BBC’S Strictly Come Dancing being dazzled by Simon Vincent and Flavia Cacace, and if so, it will come as no surprise to learn that they have won the Buenos Aires World Championships several times. If you want to get in the mood for a holiday in Argentina, I recommend that you go and see their sell out show, Midnight Tango, which is currently touring the UK. For dates see www.midnighttango.co.uk
Our Latin American experts can advise you on a Tango Festival Package which includes VIP tickets to the finals.
If you’re not lucky enough to be traveling to Latin America this year, and can’t make the show, all is not lost as you can get a taste of this sensual dance right here – have a look at this video of the 2008 champions José Fernandez and Melody Gisele Celatti.