The sultry tango was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires, a combination of African drum beats and stylized steps from Europe and Cuba. The name is believed to derive from one of the languages of the Congo, and over the years the dance style has become an indelible part of Argentinian culture. The tango is celebrated in the city in fine style for two weeks during the annual Tango Festival. Visitors and locals, experts and beginners, all swirl and twirl in legendary Corrientes Avenue and the numerous 'milonga portena' dance salons. There are demonstrations, free lessons and plenty of music performed in concerts by soloists and orchestras. More than 400,000 people in total attend the festival, and it is billed as the world's largest tango extravaganza. The festival is immediately followed by the World Tango Championships, so those visitors who haven't had enough tango after the festival can stay on to watch the experts battle it out for top spot, receiving the Dance World Cup. In addition to the dancing, the festival offers a wide variety of craft stalls and food stall spread throughout the streets of Buenos aires, and the entire city is alive with the sounds of traditional tango music for the duration of the festival. It is an ideal time to explore the city and see it at its best.
Date: 14 August to 28 August 2012