phone +30 6970 306 660 email info@a-los-amigos.com

A los Amigos Tango Festival vol. 6

LOADING….STAY TUNED!

30 August – 2 September 2018

Hosted in a delicious little city of Crete, surrounded by the most beautiful beaches of the world, dressed with the famous cretan hospitality, A los Amigos offers a 4-day escape from reality. 60 hours of dancing in a super cool location (fully air conditioned), world class maestros and djs, affordable prices, numerous restaurants and accommodation possibilities for every taste and budget. In short, the perfect spot to be in September!

A LOS AMIGOS

THE IDEA

The Rethymnon International Tango Festival “A Los Amigos” was a lifetime dream come true. The vibrant tango community of Rethymnon, but also the entire tango community of Crete, a place in the periphery of Greece and Europe, decided to open up in a big embrace and founded A LOS AMIGOS, an event that aims at maintaining the essence of Τango. The cast of A los Amigos has always been filled with artists who we respect a lot for their contribution in the growth of tango, but with whom also a close friendship has been established over the years. This festival was conceived as a true celebration of Tango & Friendship and it has been growing every year more and more thanx to the love of the people who visit it and the help of our volunteers and our sponsors. We hope we can welcome you too in our embrace and make you testimony of the magic around A LOS AMIGOS.

S. Galanaki

A LOS AMIGOS 2013

A LOS AMIGOS 2014

A LOS AMIGOS 2015
MAESTROS’ EDITION

A LOS AMIGOS 2016

A LOS AMIGOS 2017

Maestros

Chicho & Juana

A couple that needs no particular presentation: we have the great honour to welcome back to Greece, for the fourth time in our festival, two living myths of Tango, masters of masters, Chicho & Juana! Musicality and Improvisation at its best. Dynamics and Sensitivity. Technical purity and Communication. Absolute perfection and true Poetry in motion. Their dance brings tears in our eyes!

El Peque & Mariela

Fresh, innovative, musical, playful, ironic and with a great sense of humour, Guille & Mariela are a true joy to watch. Their technical background and teaching skills have made them one of the most beloved couples worldwide. Speed, precision, fantasy and amazing musicality characterise their dance. Whoever met them last year, fell in love with them, and so will you as soon as you meet them!

Federico & Sabrina

Despite their young age, they both have had a huge career in tango before meeting each other. Together they form a unique couple representing one of the most iconic styles of Buenos Aires, with a strong foot on tradition and an other one on innovation. We are happy to welcome them to our festival and present them for the first time in Greece. Federico & Sabrina are as impressive in their show as they are in their lessons, too. And they will enchant you with their personalities.

Octavio & Soledad

A new couple that is shaking the waters of the tango scene, Octavio & Soledad are the new scoop of our festival! Their style is characterised by extreme musicality, sharp, and expressive movements, combining the traditional with the modern, grounded and ethereal at the same time. Octavio’s vast knowledge of the music matches perfectly Sole’s technical skills (she is a pro in lindy hop, too..). In one word: jaw-dropping!

DJs

Theodore Georgedakis

Owner of Tangart (Athens) and dj in major events around Europe, Theodore has promised to make us burn the floor in our opening milonga this year!

Nikitas Michelakis

Nikitas is one of the best cretan djs, travelling a lot and working in marathons and festivals all over Europe. He loves to see the ronda moving and the dance floor full, so be ready to dance all night long on Friday.

Marcelo Rojas

Once again we have the honour to present to you one of the most amazing tango djs in the world, the famous Marcelo Rojas, official dj of the radio station La 2×4 in Argentina. Marcelo is here to transport us to the milongas of Buenos Aires. His 20 year experience as a dj on the radio, his music selections and his voice on the microphone have the ability to transform each milonga in a unique experience. Marcelo will be djing in our Gala milonga on Saturday night, and he will be sharing his vast knowledge with us on a special workshop for djs & dancers on Sunday. Don’t miss him!

Octavio Fernandez

Organiser of El Yeite, one of the most successful practicas of Buenos Aires, Octavio has a huge experience djing in milongas around the world. He will make us rock during the closing milonga of the festival.

Nikos Proestakis

Our resident dj Nikos is taking up the decks every afternoon on the first floor of the House of Culture. For those of you who wish to get a marathon-like feeling during the festival and are not tired from all the workshops or the beach time!

Photographer

Alexandros Parotidis

A professional photographer from Greece, a tango aficionado who will immortalise the nice moments
during the workshops and milongas. Just smile when you see him!

Trailer

SCHEDULE*

day 1 agenda

friday, september 1, 2017

14:30

Chicho-Juana Inter/Adv 1:

14:30 - 16:00

Ganchos & Sacadas hombre/mujer

16:00

Chicho-Juana Sem Adv 1

16:00 - 17:30

Musicality and interpretation, playing between the rhythm & melody

17:30

Guillermo-Mariela Sem Adv 1

17:30 - 19:00

Movimientos veloces y explosivos/ Fast and explosive movements

19:00

Chicho-Juana Inter 1

19:00 - 20:30

Milonga, basic rhythmical structures

day 2 agenda

saturday, september 2, 2017

11:00

Juana WT

11:00 - 12:30

12:30

Chicho-Juana Inter 2

12:30 - 14:00

Βoleo, different types, history & secrets

14.30

GUILLERMO-MARIELA INTER/ADV 1

14.30 - 16.00

Barridas en cadenza

16:00

Chicho-Juana Sem Adv 2

16:00 - 17:30

Musicality and interpretation, playing between the rhythm & melody

16:00

Guillermo-Mariela Inter 1

16:00 - 17:30

A flexible embrace. From closed to open embrace and vice versa

17:30

Guillermo-Mariela Sem Adv 2

17:30 - 19:00

Movimientos veloces y explosivos/ Fast and explosive movements

17:30

Michalis-Maria Inter 1

17:30 - 19:00

Vals, differences from tango

19:00

Chicho-Juana Inter/Adv 2

19:00 - 20:30

Playing with the axis – Combinations of Colgadas & Volcadas

day 3 agenda

sunday, september 3, 2017

11:00

Mariela WT / Guillermo MT

11:00 - 12:30

12:30

Chicho-Juana Inter 3

12:30 - 14:00

Elastic movements and change of dynamics

14:30

Marcelo Rojas DJ workshop

14:30 - 16:00

16:00

Chicho-Juana Sem Adv 3

16:00 - 17:30

Musicality and interpretation, playing between the rhythm & melody

16:00

Michalis-Maria Inter/Adv 1

16:00 - 17:30

Building a sequence from simple to complex

17:30

Guillermo-Mariela Sem Adv 3

17:30 - 19:00

Movimientos veloces y explosivos/ Fast and explosive movements

19:00

Chicho-Juana Inter/Adv 3

19:00 - 20:30

Giros and enrosques

*   You can organize your festival schedule by choosing the classes you wish to attend. Our maestros are offering lessons in practically anything one needs to know in tango!

Please note:
What is the difference between a SEMINAR and “normal” WORKSHOPS?
• The SEMINAR is a unity of 3 lessons (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) that goes deep into the subject we are working on. Υou can register ONLY in COUPLE and is for ADVANCED LEVEL ONLY. By booking the seminar, you book 3 classes that follow the same subject and have a continuation from the first to the third day.
• The WORKSHOPS instead are lessons that can be booked separately (1,2,3 lessons or as many as you like in order to get a bigger discount), by SINGLE participants OR IN COUPLE.
• Single participants (leaders or followers) are welcome. We will do our best to match up single registrations according to the level you sign up to, but of course it is NOT A GUARANTEED Service.
• We are doing our best to keep all workshops balanced, so some of them maybe temporarily unavailable for either role (leaders or followers). Thank you for your understanding. If a workshop you wish to attend is full please complete your registration without it and contact us if you wish to be on a waiting list.
It is always better to sign up with a partner to make sure you have THE ONE you wish to work with during classes. So study the lessons’ timetable and let the fun begin!

PRICES

Earlybird
(30/4 – 30/6)

1 workshop 25€
2 workshops 50€
3 workshops 70€
4 workshops 93€
5 workshops 115€
6 workshops 135€
7 workshops 155€
8 workshops 175€

9 workshops 190€

10 workshops 205€

Each extra workshop 15€

Special Seminar 90€ (p.p.)

Both Seminars 165€  (p.p.)

Women/Men Technique 25€

Women Technique Full 90€

Music Workshop Marcelo 25€
Milonga Pass 45€ (with registration in classes)

Milonga Pass 65€ (without registration in classes)

*The MP includes all 7 milongas (afternoon & night)

Registrations
(1/7 – 23/8)

1 workshop 27€
2 workshops 54€
3 workshops 76€
4 workshops 101€
5 workshops 125€
6 workshops 147€
7 workshops 170€
8 workshops 190€

9 workshops 210€

10 workshops 225€

Each extra workshop 20€

Special Seminar 100€ (p.p.)

Both Seminars 185€
Women/Men Technique 30€

Women Technique Full 110€

Music Workshop Marcelo 30€
Milonga Pass 55€ (with registration in classes)

Milonga Pass 75€ (without registration in classes)

*The MP includes all 7 milongas (afternoon & night)

On the spot
(in case of vacancies)

1 workshop 30€
2 workshops 60€
3 workshops 85€
4 workshops 113€
5 workshops 140€
6 workshops 165€
7 workshops 190€
8 workshops 215€

9 workshops 235€

10 workshops 255€

Each extra workshop 22€

Special Seminar 120€ (p.p.)

Both Seminars 225€
Women/Men Technique 35€

Women Technique Full 130€

Music Workshop Marcelo 35€
Milonga Pass 80€

*The MP includes all 7 milongas (afternoon & night)

Single milonga tickets

 

Thursday 30/8: DJ Theodore – Show Octavio & Soledad: 15€

Friday 31/8:  DJ Nikitas – Show Federico & Sabrina:   20

Saturday 1/9:  DJ M. Rojas – Show Chicho & Juana:     25€

Sunday 3/9:  DJ Octavio – Show Guillermo & Mariela:    15

Afternoon milongas 5€ each (Fr-Sat-Sun)

Milongas

Afternoon milongas: House of Culture

Evening milongas: Melina Merkouri Stadium

phone +30 6970 306 660 email info@a-los-amigos.com

Thursday 30/8

22.00-02.00 House of Culture

DJ Theodore

Baile de maestros

Show by Octavio & Soledad

Friday 31/8

19.00-22.00 House of Culture

DJ Nikos

22.30-05.00 Melina Merkouri Stadium

DJ Nikitas

Show by Federico & Sabrina

Saturday 1/9

19.00-22.00 House of Culture

DJ Nikos

22.30-06.00 Melina Merkouri Stadium

DJ Marcelo

Show by Chicho & Juana

Sunday 2/9

19.00-22.00 House of Culture

DJ Nikos

22.30-05.00 Melina Merkouri Stadium

DJ Octavio

Show by Guillermo & Mariela

Ronda de despedida

Venue

All workshops, the opening milonga on Thursday and the afternoon milongas (Friday-Sunday) will be held at 

THE HOUSE OF CULTURE, Emm. Vernadou 12 str, Old Town, Rethymno.

The milongas (Friday-Sunday) will be held at the closed stadium MELINA MERKOURI, Igoumenou Gavriil 117 str.

Enjoy your dance in a fully air conditioned hall in the most central and picturesque part of the old town during the afternoon and rock the dance floor on the 400 m2 parquet during the night.
www.rethymno.gr

Register

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

* REGISTRATION STARTS ON APRIL 30

*Your fees have to be FULLY PAID within ONE WEEK after your registration (if you register after the 1st of August you need to complete your payment in 3 working days).

*Only FULLY PAID registrations will be valid (registrations not paid on time will be automatically DELETED).

*Payment details will be sent to you once we receive your registration.

*When payment is made, please send us a copy of the payment slip at info@a-los-amigos.

*When we receive the payment confirmation, you will receive a “paid” notification of the invoice on the email specified in your registration form.

NOTICE: You need to have your invoice status “paid in full” in order to be able to attend the festival.

*Cancellation policy:

Cancellations by participants until July 10 are possible with a 90% refund.

Cancellations by participants between July 11 and August 10 are possible with a 50% refund.

No refund for cancellations after August 11.

 

*All money transfer expenses are paid by the participant.

A los Amigos Tango Festival is organised by the Rethymno Tango Group TangoCultural together with Dream Events Planning and therefore is a “members only” event. By registering to A los Amigos TF you confirm your voluntary application for membership in the group for 2018. We are committed to keeping your personal data safe and we take every reasonable precaution to ensure security. Your personal data is used for internal purposes only and is never sold or shared with anyone. Please use your real name (not your social network alias) as you’ll need your documents to pick up your tickets and membership card at the registration desk.

Participant’s Agreement

*The participant is responsible for ALL costs incurred during registration and paybacks (including bank commissions/fees). The payments must be made 1 week after the registration (or within 3 days if you register after August 1). Otherwise the registration of the participant will be DELETED.

*Online registration will be officially closed on August 23.

*The participant is responsible for fulfilling all conditions (e.g. visa, health issues, permission etc.), which are necessary to attend the A los Amigos Tango Festival. The organisation team will not be responsible for any loss (e.g. missed flights/classes etc), due to unfulfilled conditions.

*The organisation team reserves the right to change or cancel a part of the organisation without prior notice. In such a case, the organisation team is only responsible towards registered participants.

*If bank fees occur again on the A los Amigos Organisation side, although the participant has already paid them from his side, the participant MUST ASSUME these costs as well. The A los Amigos Tango Festival organisation will not accept any insufficient amounts, due to deducted bank commissions/fees.

*If the participant will join the festival together with a partner, the participant and his/her partner will have to register separately.

*For any changes you will have to contact the A los Amigos organisation team. Any change opposing the contract of A los Amigos is not considered.

*The participant will not be able to change anything after the 28th of August 2017.

*No visitors are allowed to attend the classes. Only the organisation team and participants who are registered and who have already paid are allowed to attend the respective classes.

*The registration can not be regarded as fully completed and confirmed until the participant has paid the necessary amount. After receipt of the payment, the participants registration will be transferred to the class and milonga lists.

*No video recordings are allowed during classes or shows, without permission of the organisation team or the Teachers.

Thank you and let the fun begin!

Location: Rethymno

RETHYMNO

The city of Rethymno is considered one of the most beautiful cities of Crete and Greece in general. Long beaches and a picturesque old town are its main characteristics. You can take a walk along the seaside or get carried away in the meanders of the old town, admiring the architecture which is a mixture of the Greek-Venetian and Turkish civilizations that are tangled up after centuries of co-existence. The Archaeological museum, the Venetian castle “Fortezza” and the minarets in the old town are some of the points of interest really worthwhile visiting among your breaks! Or just relax under the sun in one of the wonderful beaches around Rethymno. Here are some useful links to get an idea:

http://www.ancient.eu/crete/

http://www.visitgreece.gr/el/destinations/rethymno

http://www.cretetravel.com/guide/rethymno/

http://www.greeka.com/crete/rethymno/rethymno-tourism.htm

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/crete/rethymno

HOW TO ARRIVE

Rethymno is situated between the two biggest cities of Crete: 78 km from the capital of the island, Heraklion, and 65 km away from Chania in the west. In order to reach Rethymno you can fly directly to the airports of Chania or Heraklion or to Athens and then either fly to Crete (Aegean & Ryanair fly daily to Heraklion and Chania) or use the ferry from Piraeus (two companies travel daily to Crete). From the airport you can come by taxi/bus or car to Rethymno (approx. 1 hour drive). All major airlines as well as low cost companies and charters fly both to both airports. Especially during the summer you can find direct flights from all over Europe. Ryanair flies to Chania and Easyjet, Volotea, Airberlin, Vueling to Heraklion, both of them with direct flights from many European cities. Aegean airlines is the Greek company that also serves the island with inland and international flights. The bus station in both cities is located in the city centre, so to arrive there from the airport you need to take a taxi (10 minutes drive, the fare around 10 euros) or a city bus (20 minutes drive, around 2 euros).

Here are some useful links for you:

*Direct flights to Crete: www.skyscanner.com

*Ferries from Athens port to Crete: http://www.ferries.gr/

*Bus timetable from Chania airport http://www.chania.gr/archive/souda/www.souda.gr/en/our-space/how-you-reach-to-city/by-car.html

*Bus timetable from Heraklion airport http://www.cretetravel.com/travel_tips/crete-bus-schedules-heraklion-iraklion/

*Bus timetable from the stations of Heraklion and Chania, duration 1h 15min: http://www.ktelherlas.gr/

*Car rental (1 h drive, there are various car rental companies outside the airport): //www.europcar.com/location/greece/heraklion/crete-heraklion-airport

*Taxi (1 h, around 70 euros): http://taxiservicerethymno.gr/en/

*General info: http://www.crete-kreta.com/rethymnon-prefecture

*Best things to do:  https://www.incrediblecrete.gr/

EVENT SPONSORS

Accommodation

Our Festival Hotels offer special prices for our participants. You can make room reservations by contacting the hotels directly. Please add “Tango Festival” to your booking form in order to get the discount.

Hotel Brascos (1 Daskalaki Moatsou str.)
single: 40€ – double: 55€ – triple: 70€
Breakfast included
www.brascos.com

hotel-joan

Hotel Jo-An (8 Dimitrakaki str.)
single: 63€ – double: 78€ – triple: 105€
Breakfast included
www.joanpalace.com

hotelideon

Hotel Ideon (Plastira Square 10)
single: 64€ – double: 88€
Breakfast included
www.hotelideon.gr