It’s August 23rd and while the Buenos Aires tango community is consumed with the Mundial de Tango, Europe and the internets are all a buzz about the festival that was SUPPOSED to be happening right now – “Tango Experience Berlin.”
No one is exactly sure what happened, but the festival is canceled. Apparently the maestros who had traveled to Berlin from various cities in Europe and from Buenos Aires were informed of the cancellation only moments before they were scheduled to teach their first classes.
A local newspaper the the Berliner Morgenpost reported that the manager of Café Moskau, where the event was supposed to be held and the director of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, both received news of the festival’s cancellation by SMS message.
While the guest teachers transportation and hotel costs have been covered, they have not yet received any compensation. Also there have been no announcements about refunding festival and class purchases for the many tango dancers that traveled to Berlin for the festival. The full festival pass was 260 Euros.
The Tango Experience Berlin website is no longer functioning, but there have been a series of facebook messages on the event’s facebook page in both German and English. The most recent post was posted in English around 6pm in Buenos Aires (UTC-03:00) on August 23rd. It read:
Dear Experience Guests,
the Experience has been pressured to either take expensive actions, or to submit to accepting much higher services fees, as originally agreed on by contract. This continues struggle had major impact on the flow of organizing the Experience, as well as its financial standing.
The company organizing the Experience had to file bankruptcy today. No other solution was left or insight.
Tango Experience Berlin
Many of the local Berlin milonga organizers and teachers are working hard to create events to fill the weekend for the hundreds of dancers that are already in Berlin. I am not sure what will happen next but it sounds like for those people it definitely is a Tango Experience in Berlin.
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