Tango-lovers, take note: today marks the return of Tango Buenos Aires, billed as the world’s largest tango festival, running through August 27 in Argentina’s capital. This annual celebration of the hypnotic South American partner dance features hundreds of events over the next 15 days.
More than half a million attendees come to attend a series of dance performances, shows, recitals, art exhibits, and talks—and to attend several milongas, or tango dance parties. Capping it all off is the Dance Festival and World Cup, the crown of the festival. Thousands of dancers and audiences from around the world come to see pro tangers dancers compete for the globe's top tango prize.
Locally, the city’s hot milonga scene gets its due with the City Dance Championship, a celebration spread throughout Buenos Aires. It moves throughout the city’s neighborhoods, holding a different milonga every night of the competition. For a full list of this and the festival's other programs, view the calendar here.
Tango was born sometime in the late 1800s along the border of Argentina and Uruguay; UNESCO has added it to its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. It’s an inherent part of Buenos Aires culture, and, say the festival’s organizers, “a combination of tradition, renewal, and diversity of a type of music and dance that proudly identifies the city.”