National Tango Day in Argentina

11 Dec 2019  Wed

National Tango Day is celebrated in Argentina on December 11. This date was chosen to commemorate the birthdays of two men known for their contribution to promoting Argentine tango: Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro.

Tango is a partner dance that originated in the second half of the 19th century in the Rio de la Plata region that forms the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay. It was born from Native American, African and European cultures.

Two men that had a great impact on the development and popularization of Argentine tango were Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro. Carlos Gardel was a French Argentine singer, songwriter, composer, and actor while Julio de Caro was a prominent Argentine composer, musician, and conductor.

Argentine composer, musical producer, and talent scout Ben Molar insisted on ides to celebrate National Tango Day on their shared birthday, 11th December. The celebration of Tango Day was officially promoted to the national level by the Argentine government in the year 1977.

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