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Like many forms of popular music, tango was associated with the underclass, and attempts were made to restrict its influence. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida’s international tango festival is set to return for a full calendar week starting today.

Events will be taking place at several venues including the Centro Cultural Olimpo, Bistro Cultural, and the Cineteca Manuel Barbachano Ponce.  

This will be the fifth time the festival is celebrated in Mérida and will include performers from Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia.

Aside from tango performances, the festival will also include a number of workshops, conferences, as well as a ceremony to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. 

The full program can be found on the festival’s Facebook page

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Tango is a style of music that famously originated among European immigrant populations of Argentina and Uruguay.

Though tango music and dance are not particularly associated with Yucatán, members of the Peninsula’s considerable South American population often offer workshops and performances. 

The dance is traditionally accompanied by a solo guitar, guitar duo, or an ensemble, known as the “orquesta típica” which includes at least two violins, flute, piano, double bass, and at least two bandoneónse — a type of accordion. 

Tango is known around the world for its sensual nature, which perhaps explains its enduring popularity. 

The full program can be found on the festival’s Facebook page.

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