Wet Saturday and the Tango news

As the rain sheets down across Sydney on Easter Saturday - as it does every year! - I have published the TangoAustralia April/May newsletter (combined this month because I won't be around to do a separate one at the beginning of May). I am looking forward to a bit of dancing tonight before packing for a trip.
Whenever we put the newsletter together I am amazed at just how much is happening across the country - though getting information on the other states is a bit like getting blood out of a stone - and just what is on offer for Australian dancers. Without travelling too far we can take lessons with the world's top dancers. The only thing, and probably the biggest for me, is that we miss out on the great tango orchestras. It is so expensive to bring the musicians to this country that unless it is done by a major promoter it is out of the reach of tango schools. I don't understand why the great music festivals such as Womadelaide (where I heard a tango orchestra in 1999),  the National Folk Festival and the Australian International Music Festival, and producers at venues such as the Sydney Opera House don't bring out more tango musicians.
My yearning for listening - and dancing - to great tango orchestras will have to wait for another trip. This time I am not going to South America - and in fact nowhere I can dance, but I will be taking my huge collection of tango music to keep me on track!


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