Full program

Below is the information from the last Tango in the Spring in 2016. We will update this soon.

Updated 19 September (2016)

You can download the program here.

Note that the four milongas are for prepaid ticketholders only — no door sales.

On Friday night, we open the doors at around 7pm so you can mingle and chat (milonga starts at 8pm). Our last event on Monday afternoon will finish up at around 6pm.

Our focus is uninterrupted high quality social dancing over four days — Friday night to Monday afternoon.Four milongas, and a practica – all with quality music DJ’d by some of the best tango DJs from across Australia. Catch up with your old tango friends from around the country, dance with new partners, dance till you drop!

Friday Night

7.15 – 8pm: Welcome
Venue: Albert Hall, Yarralumla

The grand old Albert Hall is our main venue. Eduardo Acevedo-Diaz from the Argentine Embassy will welcome you, with a free welcome drink and snack sponsored by the Embassy.

8pm–1am: Welcome Milonga
Venue: Albert Hall, Yarralumla   DJ: Pat Petronio

Ease into the festival, meet old and new friends.

Basic bar service run by TISP volunteers.
Snacks (around 10.30pm) to keep you going.

All Saturday events will be held at Albert Hall.

Noon–1pm: DJ Forum moderated by Serkan Alasya

We’ll have the DJs of the festival talking about the art of DJing, playing samples, and answering questions from the audience. This is an open event, and non-festival participants are welcome.

1–3pm: Argentine Asado 

For people who have pre-booked their asado, Frank Navarro and his mates will have their big bbq trailer out, cooking authentic asado over charcoal. We supply meat, bread, salad, water (and vegetarian option for those that pre-booked it). A great way to enjoy a fine meal and chat with people in an informal setting.

BYO drinks — no bar service.

3–5pm: Practica & shopping.   DJ Jarny Choi

What better way to follow up on a meal than to do some dancing in a casual setting. An informal practice session, with no teacher. Or you can just hang out and listen — and maybe shop at the clothes and shoes stalls run by our sponsors TengoTango, Moonlight Velvet Tango and  Sydney Tango House.  As this is also the weekly Tango Social Club of Canberra practica, you might also meet some Canberra dancers who haven’t made it to the festival.

8pm –1am: Saturday night milonga,
with DJ Yuko Kinoshita

Have a rest, grab some dinner and come back for more dancing.

Basic bar service run by TISP volunteers.
Snacks (around 10.30pm) to keep you going


DAYLIGHT SAVING: 2am Sunday becomes 3am!

2pm–~3.30pm: Vaz + Šárkova: an afternoon Tango concert and talk
Venue: Great Hall at University House, ANU

At 2pm, the Embassy of Uruguay will give a 30 minute pre-concert talk on the origins of tango in Uruguay and Argentina.  Music starts around 2.30pm:  Nestor Vaz (Uruguay) & Emily-Rose Šárkova. This unplugged acoustic concert will feature works by Piazzolla especially arranged for the duo, as well as double bandoneon pieces, some beautiful songs and haunting solo pieces.

NB limited seating, open to the public, please arrive early. The venue will be set up in concert mode, without a dance floor.

Supported by the Embassy of Uruguay in Australia, and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS).

8pm–12: Sunday night milonga
VenueHarmonie German Club, Narrabundah   DJ: Mohamed Ibrahim

Another big milonga, so stay the night and don’t miss this opportunity to dance. The Knuckles Restaurant at the Harmonie German Club will be open for dinner (staying open until 8.30pm for us) so maybe book in for a hearty German meal to keep you going.

Full bar service, snacks around 10pm.


1-6pm: Monday afternoon milonga.  DJ: Jamie Gifford Venue: Albert Hall, Yarralumla

Back to the Albert Hall — but this time in daylight for our farewell milonga, with light refreshments provided by The Embassy of Uruguay at 1pm. Stay until 6pm with great music from Jamie, and gradually farewell those who have to leave early.

Basic bar service run by TISP volunteers.