A los Amigos vol. 7

29 August – 1 September 2019

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The Rethymno International Tango Festival “A Los Amigos” was a lifetime dream come true. The vibrant tango community of Rethymno, but also the entire tango community of Crete, a place in the periphery of Greece and Europe, opened up in a big embrace and founded A LOS AMIGOS in 2013, 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 thanks to the love of the people who visit it and the help of our volunteers and our sponsors. We just love what we do and we hope to welcome you, too, in our embrace and make you testimony of the magic around A LOS AMIGOS.

S. Galanaki & The Amigos Team


Mariano Chicho Frúmboli & Juana Sepulveda

There can be no “Amigos” without them!

We have the great honour to welcome back in our festival, two living myths of Tango, masters of masters, the amazing Mariano CHICHO Frúmboli & JUANA Sepulveda!

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!

Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz

Acclaimed Master Teacher & awarded Outstanding Personality of Culture, due to his distinctive approach to the dance with more than 30 years of teaching and dancing experience, always in the vanguard of tango and of course in the leading role for the big change that took place in the ’90s through the investigation group he founded. Teacher, dancer, choreographer, organiser of CITA, FLORITANGO & PREMIOS together with his ultra-talented and charismatic partner in tango and life, ladies & gentlemen, with immense pleasure we present to you two myths of tango: FABIAN Salas & LOLA Diaz.

Javier Rodriguez & Moira Castellano

A legndary couple of dancers with a very long history behind them! Both acclaimed maestros & dancers, he is the icon of tango and she is a goddess made in heaven! Together they produce amazing sensations and images on the dance floor! Puro Tango at its best: JAVIER RODRIGUEZ – MOIRA CASTELLANO. Pure Emotion!

Fernando Sanchez y Ariadna Naveira

The final addition to our cast this year, a couple that needs no particular presentation:

With a style that identifies them for their musicality and virtuosity, ARIADNA Naveira and FERNANDO Sanchez know how to combine the essential tools of tango with the inherent feel of the embrace. In a very short time they have been able to complement each other in a harmonious dance that mixes the viewpoint of a modern Tango with the essence of Tango, also making of their teaching a tool to spread their love of the dance in all of its expressions. Ariadna and Fernando are simply Tango!


Live Music

Pre-Festival Party

Afternoon Milongas


day 1 agenda

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Tecnica 1 Ariadna

14.00 - 15.30


Fernando-Ariadna Inter/Adv

15:45 - 17.15

Enrosque for Men & Women: the Pivot at its best.


Fabian-Lola Adv

17.30 - 19.00

Piazzolla: Resources how to dance to his music (projector used)


Javier-Moira Inter

17.30 - 19.00

Milonga con traspie


Chicho-Juana Inter

19:15 - 20:45

The Embrace and its possibilities.

day 2 agenda

Friday, August 30, 2019


Tecnica 2 Moira

12.00 - 13.30


Javier-Moira Inter/Adv

13.45 - 15.15

Adornos of man & woman. Javier & Moira’s favourites!


Fernando-Ariadna Adv

13.45 - 15.15

Unusual sacadas: develop the mobility and the understanding of the space into the couple & for the dance.


Fabian-Lola SEMINAR 1

15.30 - 17.00

Recognising and dancing to the 5 big Tango orchestras: Canaro, D’Arienzo, Di Sarli, Troilo & Pugliese (1)


Chicho-Juana SEMINAR 1

17.15 - 18.45

Musicality revisited: complex rhythmical sequences & dynamics (1)


Fabian-Lola Inter/Adv

17.15 - 18.45

Linear & circular Boleos


Chicho-Juana Inter

19.00 - 20.30

Vals: rhythm & combinations.


Fernando - Ariadna Adv

19.00 - 20.30

Overturned movements: Sacadas, Boleos and Changes of direction. Pivot & Pivot!


Afternoon milonga

18:00 - 21.00

day 3 agenda

Saturday, August 31, 2019


Tecnica 3 Juana

12:00 - 13:30


Chicho-Juana Adv

13:45 - 15.15

Milonga: rhythmical sequences.


Javier-Moira Inter/Adv

13.45 - 15.15

Rhythmic Tango Combinations. How to dance to Juan D’Arienzo!


Chicho-Juana Inter/Adv

15.30 - 17:00

Playing with the axis: combination of colgadas & volcadas.


Javier-Moira Adv

15.30 - 17.00

Tango Salon specials by Javier & Moira


Chicho-Juana SEMINAR 2

17.15 - 18.45

Musicality revisited: complex rhythmical sequences & dynamics (2)


Fabian-Lola Inter

17.15 - 18.45

Structure & fundamental elements of Tango


Fabian-Lola SEMINAR 2

19.00 - 20.30

Recognising and dancing to the 5 big Tango orchestras: Canaro, D’Arienzo, Di Sarli, Troilo & Pugliese (2)


Fernando-Ariadna Inter/Adv

19:00 - 20.30

Vals II: Sharp movements to apply in speed


Afternoon Milonga

18.00 - 21.00

Day 4 Agenda

Sunday, September 1, 2019


Tecnica 4 Lola

11.30 - 13.00


Fabian-Lola SEMINAR 3

13.15 - 14.45

Recognising and dancing to the 5 big Tango orchestras: Canaro, D’Arienzo, Di Sarli, Troilo & Pugliese (3)


Fernando-Ariadna Inter

13.15 - 14.45

Rhythmical Movements. The music & the structure. Simple sequences


Chicho-Juana Inter/Adv

15.00 - 16.30

The dynamics of the turn: new possibilities. Blocks & Rebounds!


DJ Workshop Octavio

15.00 - 16.30


Chicho-Juana SEMINAR 3

16.45 - 18.15

Musicality revisited: complex rhythmical sequences & dynamics (3)


Fabian-Lola Adv

16.45 - 18.15

Ganchos & Enganches



18.30 - 20.30


Afternoon milonga

18.00 - 21.00

Please note:

What is the difference between a SEMINAR and “normal” WORKSHOPS?
• The SEMINAR is a block of 3 lessons (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) with the same subject and a continuation from the first to the third day. A SEMINAR aims at deepening into the subject of work. Registration is possible ONLY in COUPLE for ADVANCED LEVEL dancers. The price is per person and regards the block of 3 lessons (it cannot be booked as single classes eg only Friday).
• The WORKSHOPS are unities that can be booked separately (the more workshops you book, the bigger the discount). WORKSHOPS can be booked 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. Please check our FIND A PARTNER section before you register.
• 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!


(01/04 – 15/06)

1 workshop 25€
2 workshops 50€
3 workshops 70€
4 workshops 90€
5 workshops 110€
6 workshops 130€
7 workshops 150€
8 workshops 170€

Each extra workshop 15€

Special Seminar (4,5h) 90€ (p.p.)

Both Seminars (9h) 165€  (p.p.)

Masterclass (2h) 35€

Women Technique 25€

Women Technique Full 90€

DJ Workshop Octavio 25€

Milonga Pass 50€ (with registration in classes)

Milonga Pass 75€ (without registration in classes)

*Pre-festival party not included

(16/06 – 23/08)

1 workshop 27€
2 workshops 54€
3 workshops 76€
4 workshops 98€
5 workshops 120€
6 workshops 142€
7 workshops 164€
8 workshops 186€

Each extra workshop 17€

Special Seminar (4,5h) 100€ (p.p.)

Both Seminars (9h) 185€ (p.p.)

Masterclass (2h) 40€

Women Technique 30€

Women Technique Full 110€

DJ Workshop Octavio 30€

Milonga Pass 60€ (with registration in classes)

Milonga Pass 85€ (without registration in classes)

*Pre-festival party not included

On the spot
(in case of vacancies)

1 workshop 30€
2 workshops 60€
3 workshops 85€
4 workshops 110€
5 workshops 135€
6 workshops 160€
7 workshops 185€
8 workshops 210€

Each extra workshop 20€

Special Seminar (4,5h) 120€ (p.p.)

Both Seminars (9h) 225€

Masterclass (2h) 45€

Women Technique 35€

Women Technique Full 130€

DJ Workshop Octavio 35€

Milonga Pass 95€

*Pre-festival party not included

Single milonga tickets


 Pre-festival Party Wednesday 28/08: Dj Sergios Tsagkaris – Show Theodore-Ioanna: 12€

Thursday 29/08: DJ Georgia – Show Javier-Moira: 20

Friday 30/08:  DJ Punto Y Branca – Show Fabian-Lola: 20

Saturday 31/09:  DJ Super Sabino – Live Music & Show Chicho & Juana: 25€

Sunday 01/09:  DJ Octavio – Show Fernando-Ariadna: 20

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


Afternoon milongas: Centre of Byzantine Arts

Evening milongas: Melina Merkouri Basketball Court

Thursday 29/08

22.00-02.00 Melina Merkouri Stadium

DJ Georgia

Baile de maestros

Show by Javier & Moira

Friday 30/08

22.30-06.00 Melina Merkouri Stadium

DJ Punto y Branca

Show by Fabian & Lola

Saturday 31/08

22.30-07.00 Melina Merkouri Stadium

DJ Super Sabino

Show by Chicho & Juana

Sunday 01/09

22.30-06.00 Melina Merkouri Court

DJ Octavio

Show by Fernando y Ariadna

Ronda de despedida


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.


Important Information (Please read before registering):

* Registration starts on APRIL 1st

*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 automatically per mail once you register.

*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.

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

*All money transfer expenses are paid by the participant.


Cancellation policy:

Cancellations by participants until June 30 are possible with a 90% refund.

Cancellations by participants between July 1st and August 5 are possible with a 50% refund.

No refund for cancellations after August 5.

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 2019. 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.


Thank you and let the fun begin!



The city

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:






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

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


  • To Crete

By plane: Rethymno is situated between the two biggest cities of Crete and has no airport. It is 78 km from  Heraklion (or Iraclio, the capital of the island), and 65 km away from Chania (or Hania). In order to reach Crete (and then Rethymno) you can fly directly to the airports of Heraklion (http://www.heraklion-airport.info/) or Chania (http://www.chania-airport.com/). 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. If you do not find a direct/charter flight, you can always choose to fly to Athens (https://www.aia.gr/traveler/) and then reach Crete either by air (Aegean Airlines & Ryanair fly daily to Heraklion and Chania) or

By sea: with the ferry from the port of Piraeus  (ANEK and MINOAN lines travel daily to Crete, to the ports of Heraklion and Chania).



  • To Rethymno

From the airport: you can come to Rethymno by taxi (you can find one directly at the airport, 1 h drive, 70-80€), bus (1h 15 min from the central bus station, buses depart every hour, ticket around 7€) or rented car (approx. 1 h drive, there are various car rental companies outside the airport).  The central 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€) or a city bus (20 minutes drive, around 2€) and then take the bus to Rethymno.

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 central stations of Heraklion and Chania, duration 1h 15min: http://www.ktelherlas.gr/

*Car rental//www.europcar.com/location/greece/heraklion/crete-heraklion-airport

*Taxi (1 h, 70-80€): http://taxiservicerethymno.gr/en/

DIRECT low cost flights to CRETE
(travel for less than 20€, one way)
*Please check the official airline sites for exact dates, prices vary according to dates/companies/airport
Low Cost Flights to ATHENS (check traveling options to Crete by plane or sea)

With Ryanair to CHANIA from:

Rome Fiumicino, Milano Bergamo, Venezia Treviso, Bologna, Pisa
Marseille MP2
Frankfurt Int
Frankfurt Hahn
Düsseldorf Weeze
East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester T3, Birmingham T2, Bristol
Dublin T1
Stockholm Skavsta

Direct flights from 71 airports to Heraklion & Chania

With Easyjet to HERAKLION from:

Berlin (all)
London (Gatwick & Lutton)
Milan (all)
Paris Charles De Gaul

With Volotea to HERAKLION from:
Marseille, Toulouse
Venice, Verona, Bari, Napoli, Palermo

With Wizzair to HERAKLION from:

With Transavia to HERAKLION from:
Groningen, Netherlands
Nantes, France
Amsterdam (Schiphol), Netherlands
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Lyon, France
Paris (Orly South), France
Rotterdam/The Hague, Netherlands

With Rynair from:

Aqaba Jordan
Karlsruhe/Baden Baden
Ibiza, Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona El Prat, Lanzarote, Malaga, Madrid T1, Zaragoza
Cagliari, Catania, Lamezia, Palermo, Pescara, Brindisi, Roma Ciampino, Trapani
Budapest T2B
Gdansk, Vzesouf, Lodz, Poznan


With Easyjet from:



Here are some suggestions for your accommodation in Rethymno. You can contact the hotels directly to make a reservation. Of course, search engines are a solution, too, in order to find your perfect home in Rethymno (booking, trivago, tripadvisor, airbnb). Our venues are very central, so any room in the old city or around the municipal garden is ideal for you to reach the festival on foot. Please make sure to book as early as possible, since September is usually full and get ready for an unforgettable time!

Hotel Brascos (1 Daskalaki Moatsou str.)
Single room 35€ – Double room 55€

Breakfast included


Hotel Jo-An (8 Dimitrakaki str.)
Breakfast included


Hotel Ideon (Plastira Square 10)
Single room 60€ – Double room 80€

Breakfast included

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