Welcome to Ghent!

Vzw Espats and Tangorrion are proud to present the second Ghent Tango Festival, organized biennially! Four days of authentic traditional Tango in the most beautiful city of Belgium!

"Asking citizens of Ghent what they think of their city is a pointless exercise: you’ll find only unanimous love. And with good reason. Ghent is one of Europe’s greatest discoveries – small enough to feel cosy but big enough to stay vibrant. It has enough medieval frivolity to create a spectacle but retains a gritty industrial edge that keeps things ‘real’. Tourists remain surprisingly thin on the ground, yet with its fabulous canalside architecture, wealth of quirky bars and some of Belgium’s most fascinating museums, this is a city you really won’t want to miss.

It's surprising how Belgium has managed to stay so quiet about Ghent for so long. Once medieval Europe's second largest city, over the past century this unsung treasure of a town has developed a strong artistic bent, and is now one of the best places in Europe for culture - there are many fantastic museums and galleries here, and more listed buildings than any other Belgian city.

Ghent's architecture is elegant and imposing, particularly along the scenic old Graslei harbour, and grand medieval cathedrals and the Gravensteen castle congregate nicely around the central public squares - the largest car-free area in Belgium. And when you've soaked up enough architecture, there are many welcoming bars and cafes along the banks of the canal."

Source: Lonely Planet

Artists

Fabian and Josefina Los Totis Remi and Cecile Melisa and Cristian

Click on an artist to read the biography down here.

Schedule

Thursday 26th of January 2017
Workshops

18h30 - 20h00:

Attic:
Workshop Intermediate and up by Melisa and Cristian
Topic: Cadence and dynamics
Opening Milonga

20h00 – 01h00:

Opening milonga with DJ "Ouimmmm" Wim (BE).
Opening dance by the Maestros of the Ghent Tango Festival 2017!
Optional Dresscode: Flowers!
Location: CC Meulestede
Friday 27th of January 2017
Workshops

17h30 - 19h00:

Attic:
Workshop Advanced and up by Melisa and Cristian
Topic: Ganchos, Boleos and other spices

19h30 - 21h00:

Attic:
Workshop Advanced and up by Fabian and Josefina
Topic: "Vals de antaño" (valsecito criollo & vals cruzado)
Ballroom:
FULL! Registration no longer possible for:
Workshop Intermediate and up by Christian and Virginia
Topic: Milonga!
Theater room:
Workshop for All levels by Cécile and Rémi
Topic: Musicality: Playing with the rythm.
Grand Milonga

21h15 – 04h00:

Grand milonga with DJ Enrique de Tango (NL).
Perfomance by Cécile Rouanne and Rémi Esterle!
Dresscode: Gala!
Location: CC Meulestede
Saturday 28th of January 2017
Seminars

13h00 - 16h30:

Attic:
FULL! Registration no longer possible for:
Seminar "Milongas de Antaño" -Intermediate and up by Fabian and Josefina
Topic: "Milonga Orillera y Canyengue" and "Milonga Lisa y Traspie"

13h30 - 17h00:

Ballroom:
FULL! Registration no longer possible for:
Seminar "Giros, lapices and enrosques" - Advanced and up by Christian and Virginia
Topic: "Giros, lapices and enrosques: changes of direction, combinations with adornos y variable complexities".
Workshops

14h00 - 15h30:

Theater Room:
Workshop for All levels by Cécile and Rémi
Topic: Musicality: Playing with the melody.

16h00 - 17h30:

Theater Room:
Workshop for Intermediate and up by Cécile and Rémi
Topic: Barridas.

17h00 - 18h30:

Attic:
Workshop Intermediate and up by Melisa and Cristian
Topic: Techniques of tango salon and tango escenario

18h45 - 20h15:

Attic:
Workshop Advanced and up by Melisa and Cristian
Topic: Sequences applied to tango escenario
Grand Milonga

21h00 - 04h00:

Grand Milonga with DJ Marie Jeanne (BE)!
Performance by Fabian Peralta & Josefina Bermudez and Christian Marquez & Virginia Gomez!
Dresscode: Bow-tie! Bow-ties everywhere, from your feet to your hair, bow-ties all around!
Special Location: Belfort Stadscafe! (Emile Braunplein 40, Ghent -Between the Belfry -and St Nicolas Church -Towers)
Sunday 29th of January 2017
Seminars

13h00 - 16h30:

Ballroom:
FULL! Registration no longer possible for:
Seminar "Caminatas" -Intermediate and up by Christian and Virginia
Topic: "Caminatas with various musical variations"

13h30 - 17h00:

Attic:
FULL! Registration no longer possible for:
Seminar "Tangos de Antaño" -Advanced and up by Fabian and Josefina
Topic: "Tango Elegante y Dinámico" ( Elegante: Figuras y cadencias para DiSarli, Calo, Troilo con Marino, etc-. Dinámico: Figuras y cadencias para D'arienzo, Biaggi, Rodriguez, etc. )
and "Tango con firuletes" ( Figuras para variaciones, Baile de espalda, Ganchos, Giros, Enrosques, Voleos, etc. )
Workshops

14h00- 15h30:

Theater Room
Workshop Advanced and up by Rémi and Cécile
Topic: Changing the dynamics to dance the variation.

16h00 - 17h30:

Theater Room:
Workshop Intermediate and up by Cécile and Rémi
Topic: Enrosques.

17h00 - 18h30:

Ballroom:
Workshop All levels by Melisa and Cristian
Topic: Walking, pauses and silences
Closing Night Milonga

19h00 - 01h00:

Closing Night of the Ghent Tango Festival 2017 with DJ Emilio "El Fueye" (IT).
Performance by the World Champions 2016: Melisa Sacchi and Cristian Palomo!
Location: CC Meulestede
Optional Dresscode: Sparkly Shiny and Elegantly Dapper

Registration

Seminars & Workshops

To register for the seminars and workshops, please send an e-mail to info@tangofestival.be stating:

You will receive an e-mail from us with the details of payment and after we received your bank transfer, you will receive a confirmation number which you will need to enter the workshops.

**If you don't have a dancepartner you can still register for the workshops. However, you will first be placed on a list according to your desire to lead or follow. You will only receive confirmation of your registration after we have found a partner for you.
We do however highly advise you to bring or arrange your own partner as the pairing of leaders and followers will be randomized and we can not take factors such as age, height or eye-colour into account.

Don't forget to check your spam folder, in case you didn't receive a response within 3 days.

Workshop Prices:

Private Classes

All of the Artists of the Ghent Tango Festival are available for a limited amount of private classes. For prices and schedules, please contact us through info@tangofestival.be.

Milonga

If you would like to register for the Milonga Pass (Access to all 4 Festival Milongas), please send an e-mail to info@tangofestival.be stating your:

You will receive an e-mail from us with the details of payment and after we received your bank transfer, you will receive a confirmation number which you will need to receive your Milonga Pass at the the entry of the first Milonga on Thursday 26th of January.

Milonga Prices:

Venues

Cultural Center Meulestede De Lijn

Where?

The workshops of the festival (and the Thursday, Friday and Sunday milongas) will be located at the Cultural Center Meulestede

Location:

Meulesteedsesteenweg 517
9000 Gent

How to get there?

Belgian Bus company “De lijn” has a service on Busline 6, that stops in front of the venue and can be taken towards the venue in different places throughout the city center.

See the stops Line 6 makes
Belfort Stadscafe

Where?

The Grand milonga on saturday will be located at the Belfort Stadscafe in the middle of the city!

Location:

Emile Braunplein 40
9000 Gent

How to get there?

Go to the city center of Ghent, locate the three towers, go to the Emile Braunplein, which is the square between the Saint Nicholas church and the Belfry (which is the tower with the dragon on it!). Congratulations! You found the Belfort Stadscafe which is located below the architecturally unique "City Hall" (aka The Sheepfold)

Hotel

Ghent

We are happy to announce that we are partnering for the second time with the beautiful Aparthotel Castelnou as the official festival hotel.

Aparthotel Castelnou uniquely combines hotel services with the provision of your own stylish apartment. The completely renovated apartments include a bedroom with one double or twin beds, a separate living room and a bathroom. The hotel is centrally located and forms the perfect base to explore Ghent. It’s also near Ghent South where Belgian Buscompany ‘De Lijn’ has a service on busline 6 that stops in front of the festival venue.

There will be a Festival shuttle driving between CC Meulestede and the Aparthotel Castelnou (schedule to be announced closer to january).

If you choose to book your stay with Aparthotel Castelnou during the festival, we can offer you prices starting* from (apartments for 2 persons, including breakfast, excluding city tax €3 p.p.p.n).

  Refundable apartment Non-refundable apartment
Thursday € 81.70 € 76
Friday € 81.70 € 76
Saturday € 91.20 € 84.55
Sunday € 81.70 € 76

* These prices apply for the first 10 rooms that are booked with the GTF2017 code, after that there is a small increase in the prices.

Book at Hotel Castelnou

Hotel Castelnou Dali Restaurant

Sponsors

The 2017 Ghent Tango Festival is proudly sponsored and supported by:

Tangorrion CC Meulestede
Belfort Stadscafe
Hotel Castelnou Dali Restaurant Accademia de Tango - Genova Tango Portenas
Milonga de Gante

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