Tango, Buenos Aires
Because tango is porteno and porteno only, you will find it all around Buenos Aires. Street performers, some of the, very very good, paintings, names of streets of famous tango songs, famous boliches (the cabarets of the 40s). Just take a stroll down Florida avenue and enjoy the music, make your way then to Corrientes 348 and enjoy the fileteado (type of painting), or caminito, or Pompeya or, just walk and smell that lunfardo coming right at you
Carlos Gardel, King of Tango..he was born in Uruguay..that's what uruguayan People will tell anyway, especially when Uruguai has lost an other Soccer match, and that drives Argentines to the brink of insanity!!....actually his Birthplace might only be known to his Parents
he died in a freak Planecrash in 1935
Importand to Argentina and the argentine People is Tango. The whole Being, Expression and Feelings emerge from the Dance and the Music. For many of us Astor Piazzola and Carlos Gardel are well known. Tango is a Lifestyle as well as a Retreat from the daily Stress. Every Night, at the many Plazas one can enjoy and join in and try a Tango.
Fondest memory: Many things I remember..mostly the Passion and Friendlyness of the People I meet. Calla Corrientes the most importand Plaza in Buenos Aires..People meet people, watch the Tango..dance the Tango
There are loads of tango shows all over the city - some include dinner and are huge whilst others offer a more intimate experience. They are too numerous to list here (and half the fun is discovering one for yourself) but any guide book will list hours and prices of the more popular places.
If you're feeling confident you can take a class at one of the dance halls (milongas) - details of which can be found in one of the specialist magazines on sale at kiosks or click on
Which has pretty comprehensive listings
If you want to see the direction tango is progressing I'd recommend buying the 'Bajofondo Tango Club' CD on sale at all music shops. It's a bit like the Gotan Project, but better. A mix of beats, electronica, passionate voices and old style instruments.
Favorite thing: Yeah, Buenos Aires has an air of European sophistication, but it also has that typically South American passion and flair. You can see it in the fervor in which Portenos cheer on their favorite soccer club or hear it in a heated debate taking place in a corner cafe. The people here sometimes wear their emotions on their sleeves, which energizes the city and makes it a joy to visit.
Favorite thing: Tango! Fell like Al Pacino in 'Scent of a Woman' for once in your life and tango! Tango, like so many great things emerged from the poverty & revolt & sorrows and is a pure form of the beauty in life. Joie de vivre and sadness alltogether in the most beautiful movement ever - man and the women embraced in the seductive dance. In Buenos Aires - tango!