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With A Great “Milonga” On The Street, Buenos Aires Celebrates The National Day Of Tango

By Dialogo
November 22, 2008

On December 8th, Buenos Aires, the capital of tango, will celebrate that musical genre with “The Great National Milonga,” which is expected to draw a multitude of people to dance in two-four time to the music in the streets of Buenos Aires. The celebration, announced today at Carlos Gardel Palace, which is the venue of the National Tango Academy, is in its second year, and it is intended to "recover public spaces which the city was deprived of a long time ago,” stated Minister of Culture from Buenos Aires, Hernan Lombardi. “Milonga" is not only a variation of tango, but is also public places and squares where professionals and amateurs get together to listen to and dance this musical genre originated in the poor areas of the city at the beginning of the last century. On the 8th of December Avenida de Mayo, one of the most culturally representative streets of Buenos Aires, will become a great "milonga," where more than ten orchestras will play on three stages for those interested in either dancing or listening. Last year, 20,000 people participated in the tango celebration, which takes place every first Saturday of December, in homage to the National Tango Day, December 11th. “This is not the artists' milonga, this is the people's milonga,” said Lombardi, who stated that tango is nominated to become UNESCO's Intangible Heritage in 2009.
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