Moonlight Tango Winter Festival

Updated: 1 day ago


MTWF is sold out and we are keen to share with you all the amazing things that we have organised for you!

This blog gives you all the details of MTWF in one page! see the brochure attached below - pdf to print and bring with you in one A4 - REMEMBER all tickets are now sold and there will be NO TICKETS sold at the venues during the festival except for raffle tickets which you can pay for using a bank card.
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A Quick Summary

We are delighted to welcome you to the inaugural Moonlight Tango Winter Festival (MTWF) in Brisbane. We have curated a weekend full of social dancing (20hrs!!) and tango lessons for all levels.

We have chosen the stunningly beautiful Ithaca Auditorium in Brisbane City Hall as the venue for all the milongas. There will be live music at two of the milongas (Gala and After Party) with DJ music from Jose, Anthony and Wendy. Gourmet refreshments and cash bar will also be available at the evening milongas. Dietary requirements are being catered for.

On the Friday evening and the Sunday afternoon there will be vendors in the foyer area selling tango shoes, tango clothes and other speciality wares.

Excitingly, we have the Consul General of Argentina opening the Festival at the Welcome Milonga on the Friday evening. We will have special guests from our charity Parkinson’s Queensland in attendance.


Who is "WE" and who to contact if you have any questions

Moonlight Tango is a not-for-profit association aiming to help the Brisbane dance community grow and organising cultural events inspired by Argentine Tango. You can contact us via the many platforms we use at:


Where do you need to go?

We have worked hard to select stunning venues walking distance to one another so that we can maximise the fun and convenience and minimise the travelling time! Venues are also in the heart of beautiful Brisbane so that you can enjoy the sightseeing and activities which Brisbane has to offer. There are only 2 key venues:

Detailed Schedule MTWF

Thursday 11|08

  • Class and Practica (C1) run by Rosemary and Greg from E-Tango at EC VENUE from 19:00 to 22:00; this includes 1.5h of class followed by a practica. Make sure you are eligible for this class and that you have let us know you will join.

Friday 12|08

  • Open Level Workshop (W1) run by Rina and Nadim from Tango Esencia Melbourne at EC VENUE from 17:00 to 18:00

  • Welcome Milonga at the Ithaca Room, Brisbane City Hall registration starts at 18:30 followed by:

  • David Kelly Photographer of the Queensland Ballet will be taking photos during the event

  • 19:00 | Music by DJ Jose begins

  • 19:30 | Introduction to guests of honour - opening of the Moonlight Tango Winter Festival by Consul General of Argentina

  • 19:45 | Address by Miguel Diaz and Joe Kelly on partnership between Moonlight Tango and Parkinson's Queensland Charity

  • 20:00 | Entry to Milonga Closes

  • 20:30 | Tango Performance by Rina and Nadim

  • 20:35 | Tango Performance by Jose and May

  • 20:40 | Joint Tango Performance by R&N and J&M

  • 23:30 | Last Tanda by DJ Jose

  • Ithaca Foyer Bar open to purchase your drink of choice

  • Gourmet Food savoury and sweet platters served through the night including platters for gluten free and vegans (Ithaca Foyer)

  • Coffee and tea served throughout the night and multiple water stations to quench your thirst (Ithaca Foyer)

  • Vendors - Leigh Rogan with Tangolera shoes and Wendy Dear with My Dear Tango Wear

Saturday 13|08

  • Morning Yoga Class @ Upstairs 404 Montague Rd 11:00 - 12:00 | Stef Yoga

  • Walk and Embrace Workshop (W2) @ EC Venue 10:00 - 11:30 | Rina & Nadim

  • Giros Workshop (W3) @ EC Venue 11:30 - 13:00 | Rina & Nadim

  • Practica @ EC Venue 13:00 - 14:00 | DJ Rosario

  • Variations Workshop (W4) @ EC Venue 14:00 - 15:30 | Rina & Nadim

  • Vals Cadence Workshop (W5) @ EC Venue 15:30 - 17:00 | Rina & Nadim

  • Gala Nocturne Milonga at the Ithaca Room, Brisbane City Hall registration starts at 18:00 followed by:

  • Arrival sparkling cocktail

  • Theme Nocturne

  • David Kelly Photographer of the Queensland Ballet will be taking photos during the event

  • 18:30 | Music by DJ Anthony begins

  • 19:00 | Lord Mayor invited to open the event

  • 20:00 | Entry to Milonga Closes

  • 20:00 | Live music by Brisbane Tango Orchestra

  • 20:30 | Tango Performance by Rina and Nadim

  • 20:40 | SUPER RAFFLE PRIZE (1) - thank you to all our sponsors incl. BLOCH AU, EVITA, Argentine Consulate, RACQ and many more sponsors for donating wonderful prizes worth thousands of dollars for our Charity Raffle. Tickets are available at all venues during the festival (5$ each). Please support Parkinson's Queensland which will receive 100% of raffle proceeds.

  • 20:45 | Live music by Brisbane Tango Orchestra

  • 23:30 | Last Tanda by DJ Anthony

  • Ithaca Foyer Bar open to purchase your drink of choice

  • Gourmet Food savoury and sweet platters served through the night including platters for gluten free and vegans (Ithaca Foyer)

  • Coffee and tea served throughout the night and multiple water stations to quench your thirst (Ithaca Foyer)

  • Chocolate fountain available for your sweet tooth!

Sunday 14|08

  • Molinete Class 2 (C2) @ EC Venue 10:00 - 11:30 | Jose & May

  • Milonga Workshop (W6) @ EC Venue 11:30 - 13:00 | Rina & Nadim

  • Afternoon Milonga at the Ithaca Room, Brisbane City Hall registration starts at 14:00 followed by:

  • 14:00 | Music by DJ Anthony begins

  • 18:00 | Last Tanda by DJ Anthony

  • Coffee and tea served throughout the afternoon and multiple water stations to quench your thirst (Ithaca Foyer)

  • Chocolate fountain available for your sweet tooth!

  • After-Party Milonga at the Ithaca Room, Brisbane City Hall registration starts at 18:00 followed by:

  • 18:30 | Music by DJ Wendy begins

  • 19:00 | Live music by Eddie Gazani Tango Quartet

  • 19:40 | Music by DJ Wendy

  • 20:00 | Entry to Milonga Closes

  • 20:00 | Live music by Eddie Gazani Tango Quartet

  • 20:40 | SUPER RAFFLE PRIZE (2) - thank you to all our sponsors incl. BLOCH AU, EVITA, Argentine Consulate, RACQ and many more sponsors for donating wonderful prizes worth thousands of dollars for our Charity Raffle. Tickets are available at all venues during the festival (5$ each). Please support Parkinson's Queensland which will receive 100% of raffle proceeds.

  • 21:00 | Live music by Eddie Gazani Tango Quartet

  • 23:30 | Last Tanda by DJ Wendy

  • Ithaca Foyer Bar open to purchase your drink of choice

  • Gourmet Canapes served through the night including for gluten free and vegans (Ithaca Foyer)

  • Coffee and tea served throughout the night and multiple water stations to quench your thirst (Ithaca Foyer)

Monday 15|08

Moonlight Tango is proud to be supporting Parkinson's QLD as our charity and in partnership with Parkinson's QLD and Rina Sawaya we are offering a free Tango for Parkinson's class for people with PD. Rina has kindly donated her time and expertise to run this class which has not only been designed by Rina but used in various research studies.

Joe Kelly MP Deputy Speaker of the House and convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Latin America has supported this class by providing a hall at the Coorparoo School of Arts for this class. Parkinson's QLD CEO Miguel Diaz has been instrumental in organising this free class.

Housekeeping

  • We have worked hard to ensure the tango lessons are all balanced between followers and leaders. All those who booked classes and workshops with a dance partner may choose to do the lessons together or join the pool of dancers swapping around. Those who have booked without a dance partner will be in the pool of balanced followers and leaders and will swap around during the class. All teachers are expert at managing this situation and except for unforeseen circumstances all class will be balanced.

  • Please arrive at EC Venue 10 mins before your class/workshop to check in and warm up.

  • At the workshops and classes please bring your own water bottle. There are places to purchase lunch nearby.

  • All events will take place based on Queensland Government policies.

  • Get up and dance! Remember this is a dance festival and we have worked hard to ensure the balance is almost 50/50 between leaders and followers.

  • Photographs and videos will be taken during the festival by professional photographers. By joining our events you agree for your image to be reproduced for marketing purposes as part of MT's promotional materials and on MT's web channels (e.g. website, Instagram, etc.).

  • Your tickets are assigned to you and can not be subdivided, split or sold without the explicit permission of Moonlight Tango.


MAKE YOUR MARK!

There are a number of ways you can make a mark during this festival either using your skills or your capacity to contribute to our charitable cause! 

  1. DONATE: as part of the festival you can donate towards

  2. Parkinson's Queensland directly

  3. Raffle tickets on sale for just $5 during the festival for an amazing prize drawn at the After Party Milonga - all ticket sales go to Parkinson's Queensland

  4. Australian Cultural Fund to support the arts and more live music in Brisbane

  5. Moonlight Tango for the creation of more not-for-profit cultural events

  6. Spread the good NEWS:

  7. Social Media Competition! the more the better, share our posts or publish photos of the festival while you are having the time of your life with your friends. TAG: #MTWF22 @moonlight_tango for the opportunity to win a prize at the end of the festival for best social media post!

  8. Tell your friends about the festival and make sure new people come to our free tango classes so that we can grow our community - Noches de Tango every Wednesday night

  9. Don't be shy! More than half of all festival comers are from outside Queensland. Ensure you make the most of this Australian Tango Festival by getting to know dancers from all over Australia and beyond!


VISITING BRISBANE

Brisbane is a vibrant cultural hotspot in the wild Australian continent. Make sure you check out some key events, venues during your stay in Brisbane as you rest your feet between one dance and the other:



A SHOUT OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

We are very grateful to all organisations, individuals and companies who have supported the creation of this festival by either donating cash, raffle prizes, discounts, etc. Special mention to the Brisbane City Council who has substantially contributed to the large bill for the wonderful venue (Brisbane City Hall). Additionally and in no specific order:




A BIG THANK YOU TO THE MOONLIGHT TANGO TEAM! We are all in this together and this adventurous group of dancers have taken their time so that the community could come together and help Parkinson's Queensland.


A FEW PHOTOS TO GET YOU EXCITED