Festival Paris Banlieues Tango 2014


The international and multicultural spirit of the famous Paris Banlieues Tango Festival is purely matchless. One of a kind in Europe and presently in its 17th edition, the festival has grown and developed all these years while keeping its style and identity intact. For seven long weeks starting October 13 this year, the city of light will enjoy to the tune of dances, tango concerts, workshops, courses, lectures, theatre, exhibitions and a lot more. The festival attracts audience from all nationalities, ethnicities and areas.

Tango Dance

The festival, through more than twenty concerts offers a chance to discover an extensive gamut of tango and folklore of the Rio de la Plata. From Quartet Susana Blaszko bringing to you the classics of tango, Tango Carbon presenting original compositions and newer sounds, Quintet del Angel with a collection of Astor Piazzolla to the mesmerizingly fantabulous Volver, Giant Tangoleon and Octavio Sola and Co, every performance at the Paris Banlieues is worth a watch. Some of the other remarkable concerts include Respiro Tango taking you through the history of music, Duo MS/ Gotan in the form of a lively combination of tango and jazz, Orquesta Metafisica offering you a magnificent metaphysical opera and Jorge Garcia Herranz.

Talk of dance and the PBTA festival beats all! Comprising an introduction to Tango and Milonga, an Evening Tango Reservoir and finally the closing night Les Berges du Tango, the festival brings the passion of dance just too perfectly. Needless to say, Paris Banlieues Tango is true to its multicultural mission and brings to you some amazing film series of the Rio de la Plata. The documentary “Mercedes Sosa. The voice of Latin America” explores the life of Sosa. Films like “In her Eyes”, “Refugiado” and “El Chino” at the festival will certainly enthrall you. As a tribute to Julio Cortazar, there is a presentation from two documentaries on the writer.

milangoThe festival offers a common ground for enlightening debates, talks and conferences. Uruguay. Literature and Society on October 16, 2014 throws light on Uruguay. To pay homage to Julio Cortazar, the famous writer Silvia Baron Superveille speaks on October 18, 2014. Similar talks, all meant to pay tribute to Cortazar take place at venues such as House of Latin America, College France – Amphi Bude and Hotel Massa.

A wide and exciting range of workshops and exhibitions will also take place during the Paris Banlieues Tango Festival where you can explore and learn Tango. Workshop Tango Sensations, Evening Tango Reservoir, Tango Workshop Thursday and Tango Workshop Monday are some of the programs offered. While you are here, don’t forget to catch the beautiful “Uruguay Trilogy” at Theatre District Ivy.

With so much happening in Paris, a trip to the city of light during this time will definitely not fail to satisfy your appetite to learn, discover and experience more. And why not add to your Parisian experience and make it more fulfilling by picking an apartment that suffices your tastes and requirements? Check out http://www.ratedapartments.com/paris/all-short-term-lets.html for some amazing studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms and four bedroom apartment ranging from £78 to £475 per night. Jouir!

How to Make the Most of Your August Bank Holiday


London is at its best in the month of August. One of the warmest and most awaited months of the year, August comes with some of the biggest and brightest events. Needless to say, the August bank Holiday weekend (August 22 to August 25, 2014) is nothing but a thing of beauty. It is undeniably an opportune time to experience the true flavours of the city. After reading the below, you’ll know why!

Notting Hill carnival (Aug 23-25)

Notting Hill

Europe’s biggest Caribbean flavoured street festival, this one brings life and happiness to the streets of West London. Amazing music stands, magnificent food stalls and gorgeous parades are some of the characteristics of the Notting Hill Carnival. From late night parties to family events, the carnival has something for everyone. The beats of reggae and funk along with the smell of food will leave you enthralled.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Frightfest (Aug 21-25)

Look no further if you want to be a part of a festival that will see nails bitten to the quick and snacks scattered over, all in fear and fright! The Frightfest in Leicester Square will feature sixty-four films, eleven world premieres and twenty shorts. With thrills like ‘A nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’, here’s a chance to experience an adrenaline rush!

South West Four (Aug 23-24)

Clapham Common

With more than 80 DJs and electronic acts taking over eight brilliant stages, it is nothing less than magnificence that you witness. Some of the acts include Fedde Le Grand, Above & Beyond and garage duo Oxide & Neutrino.

Carnival del Kerb (Aug 22-29)

The Paperworks

Tickle your taste buds at this food festival which brings to you street food experts kicking off with the best of spicy food and zesty music. The event features fiery and hot snacks from all across the globe.

Buckingham Palace

Take a tour of one of the most iconic and regal buildings in the world. Buckingham Palace welcomes people into its 19 wonderful state rooms. Available in many languages, this recorded tour offers you a chance to get a taste of royalty.

Buckingham Palace

Strictly Summer Ballroom

This one at the South bank Centre promises to be a laid-back and leisurely Monday after two days of fun and action. Listen to some amazing live music and enjoy doing rumba and tango in the Royal Festival Hall. And yes, it simply doesn’t matter how good or bad are your moves. The rhythm here will certainly bring out the best in you.

BBC Good Food Festival (Aug 23-25)

Hampton Court Palace

With chefs like Gregg Wallace, Lisa Faulkner and John Torode, BBC brings to you bunch of some star chefs offering cooking demos while you relish the summer dishes. That isn’t all! Kids can also be part of the cooking classes offered here.

So, take your pick and make the most of the August Bank Holiday, the big bash to have a fabulous long weekend.