Dance celebration organized by Consulate General of Argentina in Shanghai
To the timeless music of “Por Una Cabeza,” written in 1935 by Carlos Gardel, the annual World Tango Day celebration organized by the Consulate General of Argentina in Shanghai was held recently.
Tango is celebrated worldwide every December 11 to commemorate the birthday of singer and songwriter Carlos Gardel and composer Julio de Caro, the two mostprominent figures in the history of tango. It has been a long tradition for the consulate in Shanghai to hold this annual event.
This year’s festivities were marked by a live concert performed by Shanghai-based tango band The Gardel Trio and Argentine singer Daniela Bessia followed by performances given by the Carlos Gardel Tango School, Tango Go and Tango Bang studios amid samplings of Argentinian wine and pastries.
Tango is a partner dance that originated in the late 19th century in Argentina. At the beginning of the 20th century, dancers and orchestras from Buenos Aires traveled to Europe, where Tango spread to the rest of the world. In 2009, Tango was listed as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
According to Pablo Obregón, the Consul General of Argentina in Shanghai, tango has enjoyed rising momentum in Shanghai in recent years, especially with the opening of the Carlos Gardel Tango School, which was launched in September in Shanghai. It is the third branch of the school in China following Beijing and Chengdu of Southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
A new place to tango
“This year is particularly good for tango here in Shanghai because we opened the new school. It allows more Chinese people to dance. We are very proud of having a new school and a new place to tango. Each year, when we celebrate World Tango Day, we notice that more and more people are showing up,” said Obregón, who took office as the Consul General of Argentina in Shanghai this September.
“2018 is a special year for the relationship between Argentina and China, and culture is an important part of that relationship,” said Obregón.
In the coming years, Obregón told the Global Times that the Consulate General of Argentina in Shanghai will organize many more events to facilitate communication in tango, education and tourism between the two countries.
Above: Argentine singer Daniela Bessia performs on stage at the event; Right: Instructors from Tango Bang studio show off their tango steps.