Maleny Tango Festival 2018


April 13th-15th

About the weekend: Nestled among tranquil green hills of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the historic village-like town of Maleny will host, for the fifth consecutive year, an ‘encuentro’ style weekend of Argentine Tango. The Maleny Community Centre, with its distinctive crafted wooden doors, a spacious large floor and great acoustics, will be the activities hub of the festival.

The Maleny festival is all about tango: dance all day, dress up for the evening Golden Age of Tango Milonga, soothe your weary body with a massage and yoga class…and then dance some more. Friendly addicted dancers, top DJs, a spectacular band, a perfect location.

The program. Activities start on Friday evening with a Tapas and Tango night at Sarah’s Unplugged . This restaurant is a reincarnation of the Upfront Club, where tango in Maleny started. To create more dance space, the outside of the restaurant will this year be available for “al fresco” dancing.

Saturday is devoted totally to dancing, starting at 10 am and ending with the evening “Golden Age” Milonga, featuring acclaimed Mendoza Quartet and guest Melbourne DJ Leonel Victoria.

On Sunday, the Mendoza Quartet will lead an “interactive” game with the dancers called “Who’s Listening?” The format of this session will surprise and delight you: don’t miss it! The weekend ends with a farewell milonga featuring more of DJ Leonel.

Classes. Our guest DJ Leonel is also a distinguished tango teacher. He will be taking a workshop for experienced dancers on Sunday. Please note that this event is not covered in weekend pass. Private lessons with Leonel are also available. Please arrange with Conrad [0413348186].

Finally, the Festival is committed to community inclusiveness and welcomes participation by the public in activities like “Tango and Tapas” on Friday; Live music on Saturday; and in particular, the popular Beginners Tango Class on Sunday.

maleny timetable

Getting there: Maleny is a pleasant 1 hour drive from Brisbane and 30 mins from the Sunshine Coast. For interstate and international dancers, cheap flights to Brisbane and Maroochydoore airports are readily available at this time of year. A shuttle bus will transport you from the airports to the main street of Maleny. Check this site.

Accommodation: There are lots of places in the area - check this tourism site and airbnb. The festival is straight after the School holidays so prices are competitive.

Local Attractions. For foodies, greenies and shopaholics: Maleny has you covered. This town has been the hub of healthy living and environmental awareness forever. We suggest you come early and explore Maleny as well as surrounding area.

How to register and pay: A weekend pass to all events costs $100 ($120 at door). Please note that apart from Saturday’s Milonga, entry to individual events is not available.

To register please fill out this form. Details for payment are on the registration form. A receipt will be sent once payment has been received.

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