ABOUT THIS YEAR'S EVENT
is this Year's event not at Ardingly?
Unfortunately after 6 happy years of hosting the Festival at Ardingly College it is
no longer possible for us to do so. The school has set strict new curfew restrictions on nighttime activities which
mean that we cannot run Milongas. There are many academic and ancilliary support staff permanently resident
on-site year round and the new Headmaster decided that they deserved peace and quiet during their half term break. These curfews apply
not just to our Festival but for any event held at the school whether in term time or school holidays. It is extremely
disappointing and we tried very hard to get them to make an exception. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful and have
to respect their decision. We thank them for being wonderful hosts for 6 years and will treasure some amazing memories at
Why is this Year's event a Smaller Festivalito?
We have tried to secure an
equivalent Ardingly Replacement venue for May 2017 to host our full large scale Festival. Unfortunately the
majority of suitable and affordable alternatives were already booked. We also suffered a close family bereavement
at the start of the year and for many weeks Festival Organisation was not a priority. We had a number of teachers
and artists on hold and a few weeks ago we reached a point where we either had to completely cancel 2017 or adjust the
event to make it smaller to fit our regular fantastic Brighton/Hove venue. Thankfully Ralli Hall was available
at short notice and we believe we have managed to bring together many of the elements which you love about the festival
in a smaller format/venue.
Will the Regular Large-Scale
Yes indeed. We already have made good progress in securing a New largescale venue for 2018 and are already
planning that Festival. A number of the Artists are already lined up. So please keep May 25-28 2018 in
your diary for the Fullscale return of England International Tango Festival.
FAQS ABOUT BOOKING THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL
When does the event go On Sale?
We will go on-sale Monday April 10. That is when we will upload
the booking form to the website. Please do not try and book anything before then. All bookings need to be made on the booking
How much does the event cost?
There is no set ticket price or
package. The event is designed to be totally modular and bespoke. You simply book and choose the individual
elements you require (eg workshops, milongas).
Are there any earlybirds or discount
We follow the principle of the more you book & the earlier you book the more you will save.
3 price windows April 10-April 30 (best prices), May 1 - May 26 (still savings), On Door (no-savings).
Workshops: You can save
money by booking a number of workshops. The more you book the more you save. Please note that there are less workshops
at the Festivalito and the teaching rooms have smaller capacity. Therefore they may sellout quicker than at Ardingly!
Milonga Pass: There is
a very good value Milonga Pass which covers all the 4 Milongas and Daytime Dancing. This will also have an
additional short earlybird discount window.
Individual Milonga Tickets: You can buy individual tickets at a Discounted April Price, then
prices will rise in May. We do not know if there will be tickets available on the door (Milongas at previous festivals
have all sold out in advance)
How do I Book?
You simply complete the booking form listing
your requirements and send it to us. We will process your booking form and then send you payment details.
FAQS ABOUT TEACHING
Is there a Beginners BootCamp?
Due to the smaller scale of 2017 event, there is
no Beginners BootCamp. Recent Beginners can do Improver level workshops. For total Beginners, the next Beginners
BootCamp will be held at Herstmonceux Castle July 22/23. It is already on sale and you can book here http://www.tangobootcamp.co.uk/
Do I need to book with a Partner?For the vast majority of workshops in 2017 (improver, intermediate,) NO partner will be required and frequent
rotations will be encouraged. Couples can choose to stay fixed but it isn’t
We aim to make our event as inclusive as possible and recognise that there are many of you who have no
regular dance partner.
Advanced level workshops only, couples will be required to stay fixed. This
was introduced 2 years ago and was well received by students and teachers. Any single bookers will be
gender balanced and will need to partner and stay fixed with another single booker from opposite gender.
This can be done on the day or preferably in advance. The more proactive you are, the more likely you will be to find someone
you will enjoy being fixed with if you are doing Advanced Level workshops. Feel free to use the facebook event to find potential
Advanced Level booking partners. Are
the Workshops Gender Balanced?
Yes, our intention is for 100% gender balance on all workshops.
If during the booking process a workshop becomes imbalanced we introduce a wait list or stop booking for the oversubscribed
gender. In all previous festivals we stopped booking many workshops some time in advance. So especially if you are a
single female booker, you need to book early!
Sometimes due to illness or more frequently due to the booked participant simply not showing
up (tiredness, laying in sun, oversleeping) we end up with an imbalance. So this year we will encourage all bookers to only
book what they definitely plan to attend. In 2017 we will again have a team of our crew taxi dancers on hand to plug any unforeseen
gaps.Workshop Levels – Why are they important?
We run a very tolerant, inclusive festival and welcome anyone
from a day one beginner to a 20 year+ veteran. However, everyone in tango is at a different stage of the journey and it is
important you honestly recognise where you are on that journey to get maximum benefit.
So if you are intermediate
level, our intermediate workshops will be designed to challenge and stretch you AT THAT LEVEL. Please don’t jump a level,
‘because I want to be challenged!’. Rather than 'be challenged' at the next level up, you will 'become
a challenge’ – to the teachers who will be teaching to a higher minimum level and any dancers you dance with in
if you book any workshops as a couple, BOTH participants MUST be at the required minimum level. It doesn’t matter that
your partner might be at the higher level and ‘will look after you’ - at our festival we don’t
allow it – sorry. It places unnecessary stress on the teachers who because they are nice people, still feel obliged
to manage down because they don’t want people getting lost. If your partner is of a higher level there is of course
no problem them doing workshops with you at your correct level.
Sorry for the long rant but people taking workshops that they are not yet ready for is the biggest cause of workshop
dissatisfaction and frustration. It is something we get complaints about every year but we can’t fix it unless everyone
plays their part. So, in fairness to the teachers, other participants and yourself, we absolutely insist that every participant
in every workshop must be at the required minimum level. We really want to avoid any misunderstanding, stress or embarrassment
and ensure that everyone gets as much from the workshops as possible.
Apart from Tango Workshops + Milongas - what else is going on at the Festivalito?
-DAYTIME DANCING: Practica room plus alfresco dancing if weather allows
- TANGO CABARET SHOW
- MASSAGE, TANGO SHOPS, TANGO ART GALLERY
- FOOD : The
venue is very close to a great pub and there are many bars and cafes within a few minutes walk. There is also a Tesco's
Metro directly opposite.
- BAR Of course we have a bar for the Milongas :)
TOWNS SHOPS + SEAFRONT - All very walkable from the venue
a Facebook event?
Yes we have a facebook event page where
all latest updates are posted. Add yourself to the facebook event as 'Going' . You will then be immediately notified of important Festival updates. Of course we’d
love you to share the event with friends as well.