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September 8, 2009

Taipei Tango Festival 2009

The annual Taipei Tango Festival is set to kick off next week (16-21 September). Despite the worldwide economic gloom and doom, four fantastic couples from Argentina will be featured, namely

  1. Javier Rodriguez & Andrea Misse (the regulars)
  2. Leandro Palou & Romina Godoy (2nd time for Leandro)
  3. Esteban Moreno & Claudia Codega (4th trip)
  4. Damian Esell & Nancy Louzan (2nd time)

Having attended four festivals in the past, I can say that this is definitely one of the premiere annual events in the tango scene in Asia and highly recommended. Unfortunately, after spending much of my holiday budget in the earlier part of the year, I will be missing it for yet another year.

Since the first edition of the festival (maestros included Javier Rodriguez & Geraldine Rojas, Leandro Palou & Andrea Misse and Guillermo Merlo & Fernanda Ghi) in 2003 that I attended, the community in Taiwan has been going from strength to strength. In contrast, having been in the tango community in Singapore since almost the beginning, I can only lament the many missed opportunities in the past 8-9 years. I guess things are really put into perspective when, with the departure of a handful of men to the Taipei festival, the weekend milongas are almost certain to be very quiet during the festival weekend!? Well, with top-class maestros making trips to Singapore regularly for the past 3 years now and more large-scale events on the horizon, there may still be hope yet! 😉

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