Tango Festival and World Championship 2012

(Photo by femuruy)

One of the most important cultural events of the year, the Tango Festival and World Championship, kicks off today, promising for a full two weeks of traditional porteño music and dancing. The festival, which will be inaugurated today at La Usina del Arte with a special presentation at 8pm by Pablo Agri and la Orquesta Típica Sub25, will display both traditional and contemporary tango until the 28th of August.

Some of the participating venues include the Centro de Exposiciones, where dance lessons, world dance championship, a Piazzolla music program, and most of the tango concerts will take place; La Usina del Arte, in La Boca, where there will be a special program of acoustic tango concerts, as well as parties and “Milonga Raves”; the Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, where various tango shows will take place, the Teatro Regio, in Chacarita; the Luna Park, where the tango dance world championship finals will take place, and the Colón Theatre, where there will be a special presentation by TangoContempo on the 20th of August. Additionally, there will be a product fair and permanent exhibition of Piazzolla in the Centro de Exposiciones from the 15th to the 26th of August.

Some of the recommended events for the 2012 Tango Festival and World Championship include the Usina del Arte parties, where there will be remixes of electronic tango and late night dancing during the weekend from 8pm onwards; Gabriel Senanes Trio‘s Tango Monstrosos debut, with Pablo Agri, Pipi Piazzolla and Pedro Aznar as guests; the TangoContempo concert at the Colón Theatre on the 20th of August; the tango dancing world championship rounds, of course, and also, on Sunday the 26th of August the special tango dance shows that will be held at the Centro de Exposiciones from 2.30pm onwards.

The full program is available here.

Tickets to all the events are free of charge and for the Centro de Exposiciones, Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, and Teatro Regio will be available on a first come first serve basis before the shows. Tickets (a maximum of two per person) for the Usina del Arte will be handed out with the following criteria: for shows starting at 5.30pm, tickets must be picked up at 2pm, for shows starting from 6pm onwards, tickets will be available at 5pm, and tickets are not required for the Usina parties. The tickets for the opening concert are being raffled by facebook. Tickets (again only two per person) for the Teatro Colón show will be available at the Centro de Exposiciones box office on Saturday the 18th of August from 11am. The Luna Park tickets for the dance finals will be available on Monday the 20th of August from 11am at the box office of the Centro de Exposiciones following the same two per person criteria.

This week in Buenos Aires:

Overnight, the weather changed announcing the arrival of autumn, and with it comes not only cooler weather and browning leaves but also some great  theatre premiers, music and film festivals. This week hosts The Autumn Music Festival which brings togeather both modern and folkloric music from different regions of the world. (more information at http://www.festivaldeotonobue.com/) On Thursday the liveliest night of the week gets a boost from the St Patricks day celebrations!


A little bit of history is a great way to begin the week and a visit to the “Casa Rosada” and to the Presidential Museum is the perfect starting point. In the evening from 8pm onwards you can go to nearby traditional Bar Sur where you can sit and watch live tango.

Casa Rosada and Presidential Museum
Yrigoyen 219, Buenos Aires

Bar Sur
Estados Unidos 299, Buenos Aires
+54 (11) 43626086

*The friday nocturnal tour of the ecological reserve must be booked no later than today- see Friday for more details.


La Boca is a famous ‘barrio’ known for its brightly painted houses and its conventillos, where mostly Italian immigrants settled. After walking through ‘caminito’,  visit the Quinquela Martin art museum where a collection of this local artists depictions of La Boca is displayed.  For a great lunch in the area, go to El Obrero, a very old traditional Argentine-Italian restaurant.
In the evening head to the Autumn Music Festival at La Trastienda to listen to French singer Berry’s music.

Museo Quinquela Martin
Pedro de Mendoza, Av. 1835- Buenos Aires
4301 1080
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am to 6pm

El obrero
Agustín R. Caffarena 64 – Buenos Aires
Tel: 4362-9912
No credit cards

La Trastienda
Balcarce 460, San Telmo


La Manzana de las Luces is a block of historical buildings which housed the first public school, university and library. On this block is the San Ignacio church, the oldest in Buenos Aires. A mysterious set of tunnels, dating back to the 1700’s is another of this landmarks attractions.

Later on head to The New Brighton, a restored traditional british style restaurant that still keeps two magnificent wood carvings that the prince of Wales gave to the original Brighton in 1935.

In the evening the Rio Café, a classy resto-bar offers great music and drinks from 9pm onwards.

Manzana de las Luces
Perú 272, San Telmo

The New Brighton
Sarmiento 645, Buenos Aires

Rio Café
Honduras 4772-Palermo


For an off the beaten path experience of the local art scene Juanele offers the San Telmo Art Walk. The walk covers street and graffiti art and the major galleries in the San Telmo area. Walks start at 3pm at the Centro Cultural de España (CCEBA).

Later on in the night head to one of the pubs in town for some sure fun. Buda Bar in Palermo is also hosting a St Patricks day party which promises leprechauns, lucky charms and great music.

San Telmo Art Walk
CCEBA: Balcarce 1150, San Telmo Tuesdays and Thursdays

Buda Bar
Costa Rica 4659, Palermo SOHO


Start the day late by having an upscale lunch at Chila in Puerto Madero. Whilst in the area check out Buque Museo Fragata, a frigate commissioned by the navy in 1898 to be used as a training vessel.

Later on in the evening take the guided nocturnal tour of the ecologic reserve which occurs once a month, on full moons. To take the tour you must book your place on Monday the 14th of March.

Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160- Puerto Madero

Buque Museo Fragata Sarmiento
Next to “Puente de la Mujer”
Phone: 11/4334-9386

Reserva Ecológica
Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550 Costanera Sur
Teléfonos: 4893-1640/1580


A great day to visit the Recoleta Cementary and the artisans fair in Plaza Francia.

In the evening, jazz bar/restaurant/record store, Notorious, hosts a jazz jam session from 11.30pm onwards.

Recoleta Cementary
Junín 1760 – CABA 
Open from 07,00 to 17,45.

Av. Callao 966, Buenos Aires


Sunday afternoon is a great opportunity go to a horse race in the Palermo Hipodromo. Race timetables are confirmed on Wednesdays.

Hipodromo de Palermo
Avenida Del Libertador 4101
4778 2800