TLDR? Carlos Gardel’s death at the Rio Negro airport incited the creation of Medellin’s Festival Anual de Tango.
Medellin hosts a fair number of international festivals – including dance festivals!
With the international tango festival, the city of Paisa celebrates this genre’s tradition with worldwide dancers.
You might be thinking, isn’t tango Argentinian? What has Medellin got to do with that?
Keep reading, and I’ll tell you what you should know about this great event.
History of Tango in Medellin
Salsa and reggaetonaren’t the only genres loved by paisas: tango also won the city’s heart
One of the most significant events in Medellin’s tango was the death of Carlos Gardel in a plane crash at the Rio Negro airport in the 1930s.
This occurrence gave the people a special feeling about tango and paved the way for the event celebrated in June in the capital of Antioquia.
In 2007 there was a reorganization, and this festival gained its international name. It’s recognized as the world’s second most important.
This celebration unites different neighborhoods and scenarios to take over the city.
Tango Museum in Medellin
La Casa Gardeliana is the best place to learn the history of tango in Medellín. Here you can find photographs and furniture full of history!
Leonardo Nieto, an Argentine resident of Medellin, founded this colorful house in 1972. Experiencing Medellin’s love for tango, he decided to create this museum house honoring this paisa culture and the singer Carlos Gardel.