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La Poesia del Abrazo

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our (and their) control, Los Totis have to postpone their visit to Philadelphia. Their P-3 artist visa was approved on January 5, 2024, but the approval letter got lost in the mail. Despite pursuing every avenue that the USCIS offers to replace the letter, and despite getting our Congressman’s office involved, working directly with the USCIS, we have been unable to replace the lost letter. It is maddening and Kafka-esque and quite hard to believe. We held out hope until the last minute, but in the end, Los Totis will have to postpone their visit to Philadelphia to October 18-20, 2024.

We very much regret this change of plans, but are also super grateful to Ines Muzzopappa and Donato Juarez for stepping in to teach and perform at the very last minute. You can already see the resulting schedule revisions here.

An email with options will go out today to all registrants. And pre-registration will remain open until this Wednesday, May 22 at midnight, including a limited number of single milonga tickets.


The 12th Philadelphia Tango Festival will take place over Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 2024.

This year’s festival will explore the theme, La Poesia del Abrazo (The Poetry of the Tango Embrace). The premise of this festival is that, whether or not we speak Spanish, if we invest just a bit of time and effort to explore tango’s poetry, we can enormously enrich our experience of dancing and listening to tango. The festival draws together dancers, musicians, vocalists, poets / lectures, and DJs who will expertly guide us in this exploration. Read more about the theme.

It goes without saying that the festival still offers our usual full range of activities, from workshops, milongas and practicas, to concerts, lectures, social activities, yoga classes, and more! View the full schedule.

Festival Maestros
Rocio Lequio & Bruno Tombari (in the U.S. for the first time!)
Ines Muzzopappa & Donato Juarez
Felipe Martinez & Ayano Yoneda
Read their bios

Lecturers
Matias Mauricio (in the U.S. for the first time!)
Ayano Yoneda
Read their bios

Live Music
Tipica Messiez (2 nights!)
Guido Iacopetti & Ezequiel Aguero
Juan Villarreal & Patricio Crom
Romo-Agri-Messiez Trio
Read ther bios

New Music
Since 2023, the Philadelphia Tango Festival produces a new album of tango music for tango social dancing each year. We are very pleased to be working with Sexteto Fantasma to produce an album which will be released & presented at the festival!
Read more

DJs
Ayano Yoneda
Carla Marano
Felipe Martinez
Gabriel “El Huracan” Gaumond
Gustavo Rember
Ignacio Ondartz
Jorge Fernandez
Kerry Kay
Mary Carmel Etienne
Read bios

Yoga Teachers
Monica Moya
Carolyn Merritt

Please check out all the details of the festival through the links at top right.

Early bird pricing has been extended through May 10 at midnight!

If you are interested in volunteering, thank you in advance. Please sign up here!

Look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia, May 24-27!

Yours truly,
Meredith Klein
Festival Director

Philadelphia Tango Festival

Announcing the Triumphant Return of Kiya's Delicias

Huge announcement! For the first time since 2017 (???), we’ll have Kiya Jamison’s exquisite cooking nourishing us throughout the festival.

The cafe will be open each day from Friday through Monday, 3-10 pm, allowing you to eat both lunch and dinner at the venue, if you like.

I think you’ll find that Kiya’s delicious and HEALTHY food will allow you to take twice as many workshops, dance twice as many tandas, and sleep half as many hours! Ha!

Check out the menu...
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