For three long days during the middle of September, Menton swings to the unmistakeable Argentinian beat of the Tango. The Menton Tango festival in South France features impromptu performances in the street and organised Tango dances at hotels in the town. The 2020 Ma Ville est Tango festival was unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but plans are afoot to bring back the festival in 2021. Organisers are preparing for it to be the biggest festival yet.
Menton Tango festival 2021
The Menton Tango festival ("Ma ville est Tango") also features late night dances on the Esplanade de Francis Palmero in the centre of the town, featuring celebrated musicians and lead dancers. During each of the afternoons there are organised dances and dance instruction sessions. Then during the evening a full-on Milonga (or Tango dance to you and me) is arranged, accompanied by an expert band. On Friday evening the Milonga Hyperion Ensemble will be playing, followed by Milonga Atipca Milonguera on the Saturday night. The whole event will be closed on the Sunday evening by two Tango DJs (is there such a thing?) DJ Celine Deveze and DJ Caludia Petitmilonga (both of whom are professional Tango dancers and tutors).
Menton Ma Ville est Tango 2022
The 18th edition of the Menton Tango festival will take place in September 2020 (dates to be confirmed). The festival will kick off with a Tango beginners course at the Palais de l'Europe at during the Fridayafternoon . This is followed by a food and drinks reception (Apéro Tango) at the Place de Cap from 18.30. Then the real events start with the Orchestra Céline Devèze from 21.00 in the Palais de l'Europe.
On the Saturday, the Tango festival features two key events. At 20.30 there is a theatre production De Ontoño in the Théatre Francis Palmero. This features choreographed dancing, music and live singers. The showcase event however features the live band Bal Hypéron Tango and the DJ Céline Devèze at the Palais de L'Europe from 21.30. The entrance fee is €15 and the evening will feature the professional dancers: Charlotte Hess, Jérémy Braitbart, Valerie Onnis and Daniel Darius.
On Sunday, the Menton Tango festival is brought to a close with the Tango Initiation Class at 14.00 in the Palais de L'Europe, evening drinks and a meal from 18.30 at the Place de Cap and the evening event at the Palais de L'Europe featuring Cuarteto Silando and DJ Andréa Degani from 9.00pm (entrance fee €15).
Further information can be obtained from the festival website : Menton Ma ville est Tango.