Tango and Buenos Aires

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Boedo Tango Route Map, Click to enlange

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Abasto Tango Route Map, Click to enlange

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Urban Painting by Argentinean Artist Marino Santa María. Check out his work.

Festival and Dance World Cup

Tango lovers have two unavoidable appointments: the Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup. Every August several neighborhoods join to share their enthusiasm reflected in concerts, dancing lessons, open interviews, open-air milongas, new interdisciplinary shows, exhibitions and proposals that bring the best of the porteño music to more than one thousand people.

Besides, the Dance World Cup gives the opportunity to watch local and international expert dancers who combine both talent and tradition.

Buenos Aires City of Tango

Tango is the symbol of Buenos Aires. Marginal when created, it became increasingly popular and is currently played in bars, Tango dancing sites (tanguerías), theaters, shows, museums and historic sites in the city.

Buenos Aires is also full of places to watch and learn how to dance Tango. Every evening old ballrooms, cafes or clubs host milongas where beginners and pros from around the world dance counter-clockwise on the dance floor. These Tango temples play both classic and modern themes: echoes of important singers, such as Carlos Gardel, Aníbal Troilo and Astor Piazzolla, meet with new contemporary styles, different voices and chords that freely express the same fervor.

Tango sets the pulse of this cosmopolitan city. Buenos Aires breathes Tango.

More than a music genre, Tango is the emblematic expression of the porteño identity.

Tango Route, Buenos Aires

Boedo, Pure Tango

Buenos Aires has several Tango neighborhoods because of their history, their songs, their souls. Boedo, with its literary tradition and historic cafes and pubs, is one of the most famous ones.

It is precisely in this neighborhood where the well-known porteño corner -San Juan and Boedo- is located, which was immortalized by the poet Homero Manzi in the lyrics of the Tango “Sur”.

1. Espacio de Teatro Boedo
Av. Boedo 853. Theater featuring shows for kids and grown-ups that combine drama and tango.

2. Margot Cafe
Av. Boedo 857. Typical porteño cafe where Boedo poetsmeet and enjoy the famous picadas savored with cider or draft beer.

3. Esquina Osvaldo Pugliese
Av. Boedo 909. Restaurant located on the corner of the old Alabama Bar. The new bar adopted the name of Master Osvaldo Pugliese (1905-1995), a well-known pianist, director and composer who frequently visited it.

4. Quintino Bar
Carlos Calvo and Quintino Bocayuva. It opened in 1908 as a bar and grocery store. Honored by the Town Council in its centennial anniversary, every Friday and Saturday this bar and grill features an authentic tango show and serves home-made dishes.

5. Boedo Tango School
Av. Boedo 942. Dancing school for beginners, advanced dancers, professionals and kids.

6. Florida Cafe
Av. Boedo 944. This cafe was rst called “La Posta de Sebastián Piana", where the composer met friends, including Homero Manzi, to compose waltzes and milongas.

7. Esquina Homero Manzi
Av. San Juan 3601. Typical porteño tango dancing sites where visitors enjoy delicious dishes and shows. Opened in 1927 with the name “El Aeroplano” and visited by the versatile poet Homero Manzi (1907-1951), it changed its name late in the twentieth century.

9. Esquina Sur Bar
Av. San Juan 3602. Bar reminding the most famous tango composed by Homero Manzi and Aníbal Troilo: “Sur”.

10. San Juan Avenue and Boedo Corner
Station Boedo of Subway “E” is located at this corner. There is the bust of Dr. Mariano Boedo, salteño jurist of the Argentine independence, after whom the neighborhood is named.

Abasto, Gardel Tango

The spirit of the “Zorzal Criollo” -nickname of Carlos Gardel- is still intact in this neighborhood, where his old house, passage named after him and monument are located. This tour counts with audio-guide and self-guided circuits for the visitor during the walk.

1. Carlos Gardel Passage and Monument
Pasaje Carlos Gardel 3164, between Jean Jaurés and Anchorena streets. Buenos Aires paid tribute to Carlos Gardel with this monument representing the ne appearance of tango singer.

2. El Progreso Bar
Anchorena 517. Traditional bar that still keeps the features of bars in the early twentieth century.

3. Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango dancing Site
Pasaje Carlos Gardel 3200. Founded in 1893, “Chanta Cuatro” was one of Gardel's favorite bars. It has become one of the most symbolic tango houses in the city.

4. Osvaldo Pugliese’s House
Av. Corrientes 3742. Pugliese was a brilliant pianist, orchestra director and composer. He lived in this house during some years with his wife, who still lives there.

5. Zelaya Passage
Zelaya 3100 (Anchorena Street corner). You may live the tango in this passage where house facades show painted scores, lyrics and portraits of Gardel.

6. Fileteado Passage
Jean Jaurés 700. The fileteado is a typically porteño way of decorative painting. Few places show the fileteado better than the walls in this passage.

7. Casa Museo Carlos Gardel
Jean Jaurés 735. In 1927 Carlos Gardel bought this house for Berta Gardés, his mother. He lived there until 1933. Death surprised the singer on June 24, 1935, in a plane accident in Medellín, Colombia, during his last Latin American tour.

8. Aníbal Troilo’s House
Cabrera 2937. Anibal Troilo, "Pichuco", was born in this house on July 11, 1911. Playing his bandoneon (large accordion), Troilo was as decisive for the tango as Gardel for his singing. The Bandoneon Day is celebrated in his honor on July 11.

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Info and Images: Buenos Aires Government: www.bue.gob.ar and www.festivales.gob.ar.