De Argentijnse Tango in Nederland
We don’t hide our passion for the Argentine Tango. Our multi-cultural heritage and the Netherlands have long had a special bond. In recent decades, however, it seems that this heritage is becoming extinct in the Netherlands. Worrying and a great pity, in our opinion. That is why we like to dedicate ourselves to preservation.
When we started in 2013, after a pilot of several years, it looked bad for the Argentine Tango in the Netherlands. Even Carel Kraayenhof, who was seen by the Dutch cultural sector for a long time as one of the few representatives of the Argentine Tango in the Netherlands, gave up in April 2018. In a press release he indicated that he was withdrawing his orchestra.
In the cultural sector in the Netherlands, we mainly observe a lack of knowledge about the music and cultural movement. Concerts are only programmed to a very limited extent, despite the high musical quality that is available.
In spite of everything, we are positive and hopeful about the opportunities for Argentine Tango in the Netherlands. The growth of our Tango clubs and the start of a multi-day festival are good signals. It is the basis on which we will continue to build in the coming years.
The Dutch Tangoweek Foundation
The Dutch International Tangoweek Foundation was founded in 2014. In the first phase we worked with the low-threshold Tangoclubs, a concept analogous to a Jazzclub. With always the best (international) live music as center of attention. Since 2019 this has also grown into a multi-day festival that also attracts a lot of international attention.
The Tangoclubs have been a testing ground since our inception to test our marketing and to offer a stage to our artists. The Tangoclubs fill the gap left by the small (world music) stages such as Rasa (Utrecht) and Willem Twee Toonzaal (Den Boch) due to budget cuts. They play an important role in our distinctive character and in discovering contemporary Tango talent.
In addition to the board, an advisory board has been set up. This board provides solicited and unsolicited advice to the board and the business leader. Members of the advisory board are appointed for a period of one year. As a result, the foundation always has the knowledge needed to make the projects successful.
The board of the foundation consists of members who have no interests in the world of Argentine Tango or culture. Board members have been selected on the basis of their managerial experience and the ability to supervise our complex processes in the coming years. Board members are not paid for their work.
Our commitment to the protection of the Argentine Tango in the Netherlands led to a patronage for our festival by the Dutch Commission of Unesco in 2019.