Argentina National Day Celebration

Argentina National Day Celebration

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Featuring Argentine music, tango, exhibitions, food and more.

The 25th Annual Argentina National Day Celebration will take place Saturday, May 19 from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Tickets are $20/advance; $30/door. Visit

The event highlights the cultural and social diversity of the Argentinean people, and showcases music, dance and food. This year's guest artists include: singer Miguel Dure (Camino Milongas), the U.S. debut of Tais and Son Ellas, and folk singer Daniel Bouchet.

Professional Tango exhibitions will be highlighted by the performance of Argentina's legendary Pampa Cortes in a trio with Gigi Jensen and Lizett Perelle. Also performing will be Victorio Menchi (Tango Fusion world tour artist), Cristian Perez and an array of D.C. area tango dancers, including the Carlos & Victoria Tango Show, Camilla Ng and Milonga with Sylvia Rodriguez.

Call 202-681-9494 or 703-212-5850. Visit Free Parking * Metro Stop Ballston, Bus Route 10B/23A

Saturday, May 19

Celebrating May Revolution of 1810 with a spectacular show for the whole family, featuring folk music, tango, dance and ballad music from Argentina and with the rest of Latin America.

Tais 52 Festival de CosquÌn "Luna Testigo";

Son Ellas 52 CosquÌn VerÛnica Marcos, Jimena Teruel y EstefanÌa Niewolski;

Miguel DurÈ 50 Festival de CosquÌn "Camino Milonga";

Daniel Bouchet Show International;

Pampa Cortes y Gigi Jensen Baile de Tango; Zamba & Chacarera;

Tino y Susan Bailarines de Tango y Concurso de Tango;

Carlos Gutierrez & Victoria Bakhtina doing a tango show, Camilla Ng and Milonga with Sylvia Rodriguez “Honoring Pablo Fontana and Anne-Sophie VillÈ;

Cristian PÈrez Guitarrista Argentino;

Patricio Liz·rraga y su Latin Dancer;

Cantoral TR3S Lo Mejor del Folklore Argentino y Latinoamericano;

Victorio Menghi;

The Tango in 2000. Argentine artists make their own interpretation of the genre, and rehabilitation to a current sound. Victorio Menghi, who presents three songs from "Tango Fusion World Tour," mix of electronic sound, symphony and melodies suburbanites, the Contemporary Tango.

Open 4 p.m. — with Food for Sale, Shows, and Expositors

Integral-Show 5:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (Intermission included)

For more information, visit or 202-681-9494

Dance Classes

Saturday, May 19

10 a.m. - Family (Class folkdance)

11 a.m. - Intro to ArgentineTango (beginner)

12 noon - Val Cruzado (beginner-intermediate)

1 p.m. - Tango Turns (giros) (intermediate)

45 minutes each class.

No partner necessary

Reasonable cost of $5 per person Family class folk dance

Tango class: $10 & $12

All eight classes $69 discounted already

Sunday, May 20

1 p.m. - Family Class in Chacarrera (folk)

2 p.m. - Argentine Tango Fundamentals

3 p.m. - Milonga (beginner-intermediate)

4 p.m. - Tango: Adornments (intermediate)

$3 per child under age 12

45 minutes each class.

No partner necessary

Cost of $5 per person Family Class folk dance

Tango class: $10 & $12

All eight classes $69 discounted already

Tickets are $20/advance; $30/door. Four Dance Workshops each day only tickets, which provide access to 45-minute class dance with Pampa CortÈs & Gigi Jensen in the Thomas Jefferson Theatre, cost $69 all eight classes. Call 202-681-9494 or 703-212-5850 or visit

International programming of the festival is made possible through the generosity of the Embassy of Argentina, Argentine Committee-VA, Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division and the Arlington Commission for the Arts; TJ Theater, sponsors, artists, exhibitors, media and volunteers. Festival Argentino is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Four Dance Tango Workshops

Dance Tango Workshops with Pampa CortÈs and Gigi Jensen will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit

On May 19, the Live Argentina Festival Dances & Folklore opens at 4 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Theatre. It’s celebrating the May Revolution of 1810 with an Argentine tango show for the whole family featuring tango, dances and folk music from Argentina and the rest of Latin America. The event will commemorate the Argentina National Day Revolution at the Thomas Jefferson Theatre in collaboration with the Embassy of Argentina, and honor leaders in politics, the arts, business and sports, and celebrate the Argentine Festival’s rich artistic annual programming.

Soccer Shoot Contest

Special Anniversary Activity “Soccer Shoot Contest” at Long Bridge Park on Friday, May 18 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Approximately a block from the Metro in Crystal City, Arlington, at 475 Long Bridge Dr. Arlington. All are welcome to participate, cheer or just enjoy each other’s company. Meet a Star Player from D.C. United, greet members of the Arlington County Board, Argentine Embassy Staff, members of the press, and the artists of the Argentine Festival! Participants should bring your favorite shirt and flags!