Tango is more than a dance, it is a lifestyle for many. There are many people who are passionate about Tango, some are experts, others are just learning or find it a hobby. There are hundreds of events for Tango lovers and enthusiasts all over the world that are held each year. They are all well attended, and all different, many with people and participants travelling from across the globe to participate and experience these events and festivals. Below are some notable events that took place, or that are taking place from September 2019 to the middle of 2020.
oRó Open Role Tango Marathon
This is an annual event that takes place throughout a weekend. The idea of the ‘open role’ tango is that there are no leaders and followers, there is a space for everyone and gender, ability and partners don’t matter- anyone can register for the event. The event is intended to be a space for people to come together and communicate through dance and free themselves from day to day worries or struggles. It is a unique way to experience and participate in the world of Tango. The event has a limited number of spaces, so it is often best to register well in advance. This event takes place in Germany and typically in September of each year, usually for the same period of time (3 days).
World of Tango
This four-day festival is about more than dance; it is a music, arts and dance festival that brings together enthusiasts and those new to the world of Tango together. The event this year was held in Finland and boasted a great lineup of musical talent from singers to orchestras. It also had an impressive lineup of performances, visual art installations and opportunities to dance, and participate and engage with Tango.
The International Tango Summit & Argentine Tango World Cup
This festival is held in the US, but once you step foot into the festival, you will feel transported all the way to Buenos Aires. The festival brings together dancers of all styles and levels and is a place for them to compete with partners against other dancers similar to them. The music is done by live performers and offers the best of the best. The festival is more than just competition and offers learning and interactive opportunities as well as the chance to watch others dance and perform.
III Tango al Sur
Three jam-packed days full of Tango on beautiful beaches surrounded by mountains, what could be better? This festival was held in the southern part of Spain, known best for its delicious wine as well as horses. This festival has everything from lessons, to late-night dance parties as well as DJs, workshops, performances and competitions.
Toronto Tango 8 Festival
This is one of the largest Tango festivals in Canada, spanning nearly a week, each day with a unique and impressive schedule and lineup. The festival invites attendees to learn about Tango, learn how to Tango, and about the history and origins of Tango. The festival also offers the opportunity to experience performances, listen to great music, dance throughout all hours of the day and really immerse ones’ self in the world of Tango.
This concept is an interesting one and combines vacations with dance. The idea is that your vacation is filled with dance, whether it is learning how to Tango or watching others perform, these are exciting vacation options and packages offered by an organization known as Vacances-Danses. They aim to bring like-minded people and dancers together to share their knowledge, passion and curiosity about this dance. It is an opportunity to learn how to dance, meet other people and, of course, soak up the sun.
Tenerife Tango Meeting
This is the third meeting of its kind, held in Tenerife Spain and it aims to bring together lovers of Tango from all over Europe and the world. There is a great schedule and itinerary full of workshops, meetings, discussions and dance. The setting of stunning and peaceful beaches, great wine and friendly locals does not hurt the atmosphere either. Overall, it is a great place to learn about Tango and learn how to dance.