Tango Marathons are gaining popularity all over Asia. This year, Taipei will lead the charge with their Marathon in Feb, followed by Vietnam (in Danang) in March and then Singapore in April. In June, Bali will be organizing their first marathon and Hong Kong will close the year with their marathon in Sept/Oct.
Taipei Tango Marathon 2015, photograph by Geff Kim
What is the difference between a marathon and a festival?
Marathons do not have live music, they do not have shows. Drinks and often food too is included, and with dancing all day and night the atmosphere becomes very relaxed and social – people who go to many marathons see the same faces again and again so it’s a good way to make many international friends who share your love for tango.
Most marathons have a smaller number of guests than festivals and they are usually strictly balanced in gender, eg: 60 men, 60 women unlike festivals open to everyone and sometimes with a ratio of nearly twice the number of women to men.
Hong Kong Tango Marathon 2015, photography by Bonnie So
Who is it for?
Originally Tango Marathons were just for advanced dancers who just wish to dance and were not interested in classes, shows and live music that you find at festivals, but with more and more marathons all over Europe, and the growing tango communities, the levels have become much more mixed in recent years. There is usually a limited number of people so there is more space to dance, and in general the dancers travel to them from many countries.
(Source: Milonga Ireland)
For us, a Tango marathon is about meeting new dancers from all over the world, building international friendships and focusing on creating that special connection between two people.
It is a way of bringing people together with one clear focus: pure dancing.
If you are interested in joining a Tango Marathon in 2016, contact the following organizers!
Taipei (24-27 Feb 2017)
Organizer: Lin Yutan y Lin Yuhsuan
Danang, Vietnam (24-26 March 2017)
Singapore (21 Apr – 23 Apr 2017)
Organizer: Tangopura (Contact: Chen Wei Li)
Organizer: Ratih Soe Kosasie
Website: Coming soon
Hong Kong (29 Sept – 1 Oct 2017)
Organizer: Daisy Tsang
India (First week of April 2016)
Organizer: Kiran Sawhney
Special thanks to Geff Kim and Bonnie So for their beautiful photographs of the respective marathons. Visit their albums to view more photos!