Culture

Subject:
Intangible heritage

The Tango. ©UNESCO 1970
WARNING! if you get could not connect to server, update the Flash® plugin –consult FAQ.5 for help
The Tango

Share this content:
 
Language(s): English

Summary/Historical Context

Related material that you
may also like:
Folklore Opens in new window
Dance Opens in new window
Traditional music Opens in new window
Tango
Rio de la Plata

The Argentinian and Uruguayan tradition of the Tango, now familiar around the world, was developed by the urban lower classes in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the Rio de la Plata basin. Among this mix of European immigrants to the region, descendants of African slaves and the natives of the region known as "criollos," a wide range of customs, beliefs and rituals were merged and transformed into a distinctive cultural identity. As one of the most recognizable embodiments of that identity, the music, dance and poetry of tango both embodies and encourages diversity and cultural dialogue. It is practised in the traditional dance halls of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, spreading the spirit of its community across the globe even as it adapts to new environments and changing times. That community today includes musicians, professional and amateur dancers, choreographers, composers, songwriters, teachers of the art and the national living treasures who embody the culture of tango. Tango is also incorporated into celebrations of national heritage in Argentina and Uruguay, reflecting the widespread embrace of this popular urban music.


on this subject: Nomination file - Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Argentina, Uruguay
Series: 2009 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Duration:
Credits: Parte de Cafe de los Maestros (DVD), producer.

   LICENSING: for inquiries about licensing or requests for CD/DVD copies of this material, please contact the producer or the author directly. You may also wish to consult our FAQs 6 to 9

Request embed code for your website

Find Content
(OPTIONAL) Only in:
Films
Audio recordings
OR:
Search by name of country or region
Features