5 Tango Festivals You Can Attend this Season

Tango fans are not just flocking in Argentina and Germany but all across the world because of their favorite dance festivals. If you are one of them and your feet are already tapping, then get ready to tango. There’s a huge fan following and many tangueras just go gaga over the festivals. Such events draw hundreds of dancers and entertain them like never before with a series of dance shows, dance lessons and milongas. They often also include art exhibits, talks and recitals.

Who would like to miss out on this passion and sensuality depicted art form! So if you want to be a part of the tango festivals then plan your schedule accordingly. Here’s a quick list for you. Also go explore the must-see attractions and coolest neighborhoods of the cities while traveling from one event to the other.

6th Sakura Tango Festival, Japan, Fukuoka, March 29-31

Go get your dancing shoes now, it’s time to tango! Get ready for the four-day tango carnival in Fukuoka Japan from March 29 – March 31. A dream festival for all tango-lovers as you have the choice to attend workshops and tango dance parties (milongas and after-milongas). Coinciding with the cherry blossom (sakura) season, this tango festival is a highly anticipated event marked on the spring calendar. This year the tango maestros Sabrina and Ruben Veliz, Magdalena Gutierrez and German Ballejo, Joel Tempestti and Agueda Mansilla, Analia Carreno and Luis Ramirez are attending. There will also be a food & art presentation, highlighting the best of tango culture. No wonder the festival will be packed with amazing dance shows, live band performances and lots more.

The focus is to offer a cultural experience of tango through workshop by authentic tango artists and known tango masters, milongas, food and show dances. All these will be held in the electric building “Mirai Hall” and the event and dining space “Tiempo Hall”. Register here and bring your very best tango clothes to stand out in the crowd!

Trasnochando Festival, Germany, Berlin, April 18-22   

The five-day and night tango festival is all set to unlock its doors from April 18 – April 22 in Berlin. So are you ready to party hard? World-class maestros, passionate DJ’s and wonderful guests from all across the world will be coming to the bustling setting of Berlin to celebrate tango. The maestro team will be filled with talented dancers from the Berlin tango scene but also include the special guests – Christina Sosa and Daniel Nacucchio, Stéfania Colina and Juan Martin Carrara.

Trasnochando is a festival for all tango lovers. Get ready for wonderful experiences and encounters with great music and tango dancers from around the world at 8 different milongas, tango balls and tango cafes. Online ticket booking has already started on January 7 and will end on March 31, 2019. So, hurry up to be a part of Trasnochando 2019.

20th International Tango Festival & Marathon Oster Tango 2019, Switzerland, Basel, April 18–22

Twenty Years of Oster Tango! It will be a grand anniversary celebration from April 18 – April 22, 2019. This tango event is a combo of both marathon and festival which will take place at the heart of Basel – the Volkshaus. Workshops and seminars with Chicho Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda, Ruben and Sabrina Veliz and Jonathan Saveedra and Clarisa Aragon and othes will be held. Don’t miss the live music by Solo Tango Orchestra and the show performances! You can also be a part of the beginners’ course taught by Isabel Brumann and Lionel Wirz. Do not forget the 60-hour marathon and parties. This particular program will be hosted by Pepa Palazon from Buenos Aires. To check out the schedule in details visit here.

USA Tango Festival & Championship, USA, San Francisco, April 18–21

ATUSA – Argentine Tango USA is popularly known as the US National Argentine Tango competition. This competition welcomes all competing couples with opportunities to shine high right in front of the official jury panel. The tango festival always brings the best maestros from Buenos Aires and this time there will be international celebrities who will direct the 28 workshops and also perform two master shows. Of course, there will be 4 milongas, a special DJ seminar, special performances, live music etc. To become a part of this tango event and get discount on registration, click here.

Festival and Marathon Belgrade Tango Encuentro, Serbia, Belgrade, April 30 – May 6

To discover the magic of tango, be a part of Belgrade Tango Encuentro. This is a renowned festival and marathon where you can witness one of the most active tango communities in the world. Hundreds of tangueras and tangueras are ready to dance till the morning hours. The ladies will be showing off their most beautiful tango dresses at the night milongas but there will also be lots afternoon “cafe” milongas to relax, meet and greet and dance all you want. Belgrade Tango Encuentro is focused on spreading and promoting the culture of Argentinian tango. This tango extravaganza includes Six Gran Milongas, stunning performances and a choice of tango classes, daily milongas and legendary after-parties. Register here.

All tango-lovers, tangueras and tangueros take a note, mark the days and get started


Katharina J