The World Tango Championship: Argentina’s Star Cultural Draw

There’s no place like Buenos Aires, especially if you’re a keen tango fan. The capital and largest city in Argentina, Buenos Aires has gained a reputation throughout the world as one of its most inspiring and artistic European cities, despite being located tens-of-thousands of kilometres from Europe. It’s an intriguing mix of European architecture and distinctly Latin culture, and it’s now a tourist mecca.

It’s no surprise that Buenos Aires has gained such attention throughout the world. The city is one of the most developed in the region, housing a selection of international businesses and major offices despite Argentina’s near permanent state of political ambiguity. It’s also a cultural melting pot, with immigrants from Europe, the United States, and other South American countries calling it home.

But if Buenos Aires is known for just one thing, it’s the city’s immense love of tango. Some call it the Argentinian national sport, while others prefer to refer to it as an essential part of the nation’s culture. Tango is big business in Buenos Aires, and business gets no better than it is at the peak of the nation’s Tango World Championships.

The multi-day event is held in Buenos Aires every year, and has attracted some of the nation’s – and the world’s – most notable dancers. Participants in this year’s competition are a thorough mix of the world’s cultures and nationalities, with dancers from Japan and Britain rounding out a pack made up primarily of Argentinian contestants. The mood is competitive, yet the tournament is a festive event.

It’s tough to justify such a long haul trip for a relatively small sporting event, but it’s equally tough to ignore Buenos Aires’ immense pulling power. The city is home to thousands of contrasts, yet its artistic community and exciting nature make it a true must-see affair. If this year’s event isn’t going to slide into your schedule, make every effort to ensure that next year’s does.