Autumn Tango in Arrowtown
2- 4 May 2025
Welcome to the 3rd Autumn Tango in Arrowtown
Start your holiday with the Arrowtown Autumn Festival then stay on and dance
all weekend amongst the splendid autumnal colours of Arrowtown. No-where says Autumn like Arrowtown!
"no teaching, no performances …. just joyful dancing in celebration of the milonga"
FRI and SAT MILONGAS WILL BE HELD AT THE ATHENAEUM HALL
33 Buckingham St, Arrowtown (the Main Road through the old village)
SUNDAY FAREWELL MILONGA WILL BE HELD AT THE LAKE HAYES PAVILLION
1/719 Gibbston Highway, Arrowtown (a short 5 minute drive from Arrowtown by the lake)
WELCOME TO AUTUMN MILONGA DJ TBA
Friday 2 May 8pm-late
A relaxed milonga to say WELCOME to ARROWTOWN and WELCOME to AUTUMN!
Refreshments will be served through the evening, bring your most relaxed and happy selves and get ready to party!
SAT AFTERNOON TEA MILONGA DJ TBA
Saturday 3 May Midday - 4pm
Spend the morning soaking up the autumnal colours, enjoy a relaxed breakfast, go walking up those glorious hills, visit the old Chinese Village then head back to the Athenaeum Hall to the milonga for an afternoon of dancing, tea and cakes with beautiful vintage crockery to complete the scene! Vintage attire encouraged!
ELEGANT MILONGA DJ TBA
Saturday 3 May 8pm - late
Head out to dinner first at one of the great local restaurants then get ready to dance. Dress up in a riot of Russet and Gold for a real party feel. Delicious nibbles, sweet treats and soft drinks will be available through the evening.
HASTA LUEGO MILONGA DJ TBA
LAKE HAYES PAVILLION
Sunday 4 May 12pm-3pm
This is the final formal milonga set in the most AMAZING scenery - you will have to see it to believe it - a chance to spoil you one more time and formally say thank you for a wonderful weekend of dancing! Why not come early, drop off your luggage if you are booking out, have a walk around the lake and really soak up your surroundings. Snacks, juice and water provided. Don’t forget to bring your cameras and dress up in Autumnal Colours.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO
$150 for the whole weekend Cash on the first night or Internet banking
11 5250 0186162-55
Please do not forget to type your last name and ATiA (Autumn Tango in Arrowtown)
1st preference given to those registering for the whole weekend and as a lead/follow couple. All others put on a waitlist until partnered up. Role balancing will be seriously attempted so please invite your favourite dance partner!
OUR AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS
You can fly directly into Queenstown and the drive a short and spectacular 20 mins to Arrowtown, autumnal paradise.
Please register on line then pay in cash when you arrive to avoid pesky bank fees and non-arrival of funds.
HOW TO GET THERE
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPART FROM BRISBANE, MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY and ARRIVE IN QUEENSTOWN. Queenstown is a 20 minute drive from Arrowtown.
NATIONAL BY PLANE
5 1/2 hours from Christchurch
3 1/4 hours from Dunedin
Here’s the facebook page in case you want to hook up with someone for a lift or share accommodation.
ACCOMMODATION in ARROWTOWN
BACKPACKERS (in Queenstown)
Many travellers who come in groups book a bach for the weekend! Here’s some great websites to help you find the perfect house in this little town. If you have a car you may like to find accommodation in Queenstown.
You'll find something to suit your budget and needs!
THINGS TO DO IN ARROWTOWN
Shop, dine out and walk amongst the autumnal leaves, visit the historic Chinese Village for a touch of nostalgia in this most picturesque village …. and don’t forget Queenstown is a short 20 mins away with all its adventure sports, designer stores and more. Heli-hiking, biking and golfing spring to mind!
If participants cancel after paying I will refund the full amount less $10 administration fee.
If I cancel you will receive a full refund of the registration fee.
MESSAGE FROM ANNE-MAREE
I am looking forward to warmly welcoming you to the 2nd Autumn Tango festival. Feel free to ask any questions - I am just an email away.
Yours always in Tango
+64 (0) 27 238 0568
YOUR 2023 DJS were
Brendon Varcoe - Nelson
"Tango and the country of Argentina holds a special place in my heart. I am excited to be able to share my love and passion for tango through my dj'ing. Music is such a big part of my life. As well as playing and studying bandoneon in Buenos Aires, currently I am also studying a Masters degree in Orchestration so my love of the orchestra has given me a deep appreciation for both traditional tango orchestras as well as the many incredible modern tango orchestras. I have tremendous respect for the musicians of today who continue on the tradition of playing live in the milonga as well as those who have gone before. All music evokes emotion and tango music especially, from the dramatic to the playful, the romantic to the melancholic, the best music brings out the emotion in the dance and always when I prepare a playlist I am thinking with this in the forefront of my mind. So expect a playlist full of life, emotion, a little drama and hopefully some fun, because at the end of the day we all come together in this great dance to enjoy ourselves and the people around us."
Junko Kobayashi - Nelson
Like many tangueras, Junko loves to travel and seek out dance opportunities wherever she goes. When travel became difficult due to the recent pandemic, she found solace in classic tango music and discovered the pleasure of searching for hidden gems, this led her to start DJ, building on her passion for tango music. To her, every tanda is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime encounter that cannot be replicated. Have you ever experienced a dreamy tanda where the music, your partner, and you are in perfect harmony? She aims to help you experience more of those magical moments and fun-filled experience through her DJing.
Ariel Salto - Argentina
“La Vida es una milonga” - Life is a milonga!
With this quote from Ariel we already have an indication of his passion for tango music and dance.
Ariel is a Porteño, direct from Buenos Aires, who had contact with tango music from a very early age. He would listen to tango music with his father all day long.
Ariel DJs as a professional DJ in Buenos Aires' popular milongas as well as numerous tango events and festivals in Europe. These are detailed below. His music style features great orchestras' quality recordings and aims to bring a taste of Buenos Aires Golden Age Tango to dancers. Being passionate about tango music, he creates the atmosphere people feel when dancing in Buenos Aires. Seeing happy couples on the dance floor, enjoying the great orchestras and noting the huge variety of beautiful tangos, valses and milongas is what is the greatest gift for him.
Buenos Aires milongas include Caricias, Milonga el Pisoton, Mi Refugio, El Rodriguez, Milonga Solidaria, El Beso, El Trovador. 10 years ago he ventured to Europe and started DJjing mainly at the milongas in the south-west of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia. He took part in Festivals like Ostertango Festival in Basel and Tangofestival in Karlsruhe as well as Milongas in Munich (Tango Lugo), Bern (Tangolounge), Bregenz (Tangissimo), Ulm (Ballhaus, Donautango, Risstino), Stuttgart (Ocho, Loft, Waldheim) Augsburg, Heidelberg, Kehl, Freiburg, Zagreb and Rijeka, Paris, to name a few.
We are looking forward to welcoming such an esteemed DJ to Autumn Tango, our special little festival in Arrowtown and are proud that he can add this event to his festival list!
Matthew Civil - Warkworth
Matthew needs absolutely no introduction to you! But did you know he has been DJing for a long time as well as being an accomplished dancer and teacher?
From various trips to Buenos Aires Matthew has amassed a reasonable collection of tango music from which he once DJed for events he ran in the early days of tango in Wellington. Others started to run milongas and new DJs came along which meant his DJing was reduced to putting on some music for the Saturday Práctica in Wellington from 2000 to 2017. Since moving to Warkworth Matthew helps out event organisers from time to time with DJing.
I am honoured and thrilled that these wonderful DJs will be delighting you this Autumn Tango.
With excitement, Anne-Maree
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