TANGO ROOTS FESTIVAL
Tango is an artform that brings together music, dance and poetry. It was born in the regions of Rio de la Plata and northern Argentina and blends all kinds of cultural influcences from 19th century immigrants.
It has always been very popular in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Nowadays it's been taking over the world, especially Europe.
Rooted in a long-standing French-Latin-American collaboration, the festival builds on privileged relations between France, Argentina and Uruguay, picking up the "Tangible and Intangible Heritage" (UNESCO) and traditions of these three countries and blending them with elements of contemporary creation. Such is the vision of festival curator, Sylvia Gerbi.
Bringing together French, Argentinian and Uruguayan artists, TANGO ROOTS is an annual international event which, over a week, allows the greater public to discover or deepen their knowledge of tango and its folklores.
Working as a platform for artistic creation and scientific enquiry (in the fields of history, dance moves, sociology and musicology) the festival aims at furthering the practice of tango and generating intercultural exchanges.
In ROOTS, we're aiming at our desire to link heritage and innovation.
During the golden age of tango, every neighborhood in Buenos Aires had its own orchestra. The musicians gave balls a particular style and the music shaped the way people danced. The Tango Roots Festival borrows from that timeframe to allow for interactive encounters, very much showcasing the symbiosis between live music and dance. We're also into popular culture, particularly from where it all started: Rio de la Plata and northern Argentina.