River Tango 2009 – 10th to 13th September

River Tango is not in front of the Tate Gallery by the river this year.  Instead, the outdoor event will take place at Spitalfields.   It is not by the river, but Spitalfields is  an interesting area in its own right.    Find below the scheduled events.  Please check the website for more information.

Although I have updated the Milonga Calendar as best as possible, please double-check the websites to see if the scheduled event is actually taking place if you are not planning on going to any of the River Tango Milongas.  So far, The Tango Club, Carablanca and Negracha have cancelled their Friday night Milongas.  The Crypt is closed on Saturday.  Tango@33 Portland Place is closed on Sunday.

Following is the full programme of some of the most exciting 4 days of tango in London.

Thursday 10th September

Time:  21:00
Event: Grand Opening Night
DJ: Fernando Filippelli
Venue: Zero Hour@The Dome
23:15 – Meeting the Maestros
02:00 – Curfew

Friday 11th September

Time:  21:00
Event:  Grand Milonga
DJ:  Gaia Pisauro
Venue:  Bloomsbury Ballroom
23:00 – Tango performance – Federico & Ines  Fabian & Virginia
03:00 – Curfew
Patagonia Catering – Foods from Argentina
Authentic Argentine Food will be available during the two Grand Milongas at the Bloomsbury Ballroom and the open-air milonga at Spitalfileds Market. By http://patagoniacatering.com/ Patagonia Catering – Foods from Argentina.

Saturday 12th September

Time:  13:00
Event:  Tango Workshop
Dancers / DJ’s:  Hiba and Rene – DJ:  Sergius
Venue:  Spitlafields Market
Time: 14:00 – Milonga – Tango Free Dancing – DJ KG
Time: 17:00 – Milonga – Neo Tango – Electrotango – Free Dancing
18:00 – Curfew

Time:  21:00
Event:  Grand Milonga
DJ:  DJ Michael Lavocah
Venue:  Bloomsbury Ballroom
Time: 22:00 – Tango concert – Sexteto Canyengue
23:30 – Tango concert – Sexteto Canyengue
Time: 00:00 – Tango performance – Sebastian & Mariana
00:30 – Tango concert – Sexteto Canyengue
03:00 – Curfew

Patagonia Catering – Foods from Argentina -Authentic Argentine Food will be available during the two Grand Milongas at the Bloomsbury Ballroom and the open-air milonga at Spitalfileds Market. By http://patagoniacatering.com/ Patagonia Catering – Foods from Argentina.

Sunday 13th September

Time:  13:00
Event:  Tango Workshop
Dancers / DJ’s:   Hiba and Rene – DJ:  Mr D and the Tweety Birds
Venue:   Spitlafields Market
Time:  14:00 – Milonga – Tango Free Dancing
16:00 – Tango performance – Hiba and Rene
17:00 – Milonga – Neo Tango – Electrotango – Free Dancing – DJ:   Sergius
18:00 –
Curfew
21:00
– Milonga – Last tango in London
DJ: TBC

Time: 21:00
Venue:  Negracha Tango Club
Time:  00:00 – Tango performance – Ivan Arandia
03:00 – Curfew

For more information http://www.rivertango.co.uk

Organised by Connect-ar Ltd – Negracha and Zero Hour

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MM
    Sep 03, 2009 @ 22:29:39

    Very sad that it’s not by the river this year. The River event were extra special in the previous year. Ah well, let’s hope the milongas and workshops make up for it.

  2. Arlene
    Sep 04, 2009 @ 06:32:14

    @MM
    I agree. Getting to The South Bank was extremely convenient for me. There was nothing like dancing in front of The Tate Modern on the one side and having the river and St. Paul’s in the background on the other. Plus, there were also many other ammenities and things to look at during The River Festival. This year they are replacing the River Tango with a ‘magical fire installation’. Hmmm! Details of The Mayor’s River Festival can be found here: http://www.thamesfestival.org/weekend/highlights/

  3. tangobitch
    Sep 04, 2009 @ 07:58:13

    I sincerely hope the ‘magical fire installation’ is more magical than the millenium new year ‘river of fire’…….my disposable lighter produced a more sensational blaze

  4. El Chupacabra
    Sep 10, 2009 @ 21:35:19

    All the milongas are closed in favour of this River Tango Fest. Sigh – if one doesn’t like overcrowded kung-fu chaos, and prefers a more sober milonga … one has to wait till all the excitement has died down I suppose….

  5. David Bailey
    Sep 13, 2009 @ 12:25:24

    So what was the reason for the change, anyone know? I emailed the Thames Festival organiser about this, she said “Tango was never on the programme”, but she didn’t give any explanation.

    It’s a real shame – dancing by the Tate, with all the other stalls and stuff around, was a special experience, Spitalfields is just not the same.

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