FIRST QUEER TANGO MARATHON – MARCH 2010
In our first Marathon, from March 22nd - 28th we had lessons, performances, orchestras and we danced non-stop for more than 42 hours - from Friday to Sunday.
The patron of our Marathon was the Grammy nominated singer Maria Volonte, winner of the Carlos Gardel prize for best tango album.
We offered intellectual activities such as conferences related to the Queer Tango perspective, diversity and equal rights for the LGTB community. We also had the honour of hosting important intellectual campaigners for LGTB rights in Argentina like Rafael Freda from SIGLA and Maria Rachid from the LGTB Foundation. We made a big effort supporting the Gay marriage Law in Argentina, which was passed four months later, in July 2010.
We added a Queer Tango variety show to our activities, where a lot of Queer Tango artists had the opportunity to present their work in a Theatre without gender exclusion.
Artists and intellectuals who took part in this Marathon included: Cesar Rojas, Maximiliano Ávila, Sebastian Colavita, Jesús Pietropaulo, Mariano Garcés, Silvina Ierino, Margarita Albarado, Sila Ohman, Alejandro Figliolo, Mario de Camillis, Bárbara Wainnright, Luis Bustos, Adriana Pérez, Carola Ojeda, Lohana Berkins, Rafael Freda, María Rachid, Yuderkis Espinosa, Duo Tercer Tango, Bramaje Tango, Demetrio Arias, Ana Lupez, Nancy Calicchio, Juan Pablo Ramirez, Diddier, Martín Cardoso, Lucas de Buenos Aires, Malo Conocido orchestra, María Volonté & Tango Con – Fusión from California, USA.
Ingrid Saalfed, one of the pioneers of Queer tango in Germany, was part of the Marathon as a special guest, teaching and performing, as a way to include diverse perspectives related to Queer Tango from around the World.
The event took place in lot of venues around Buenos Aires: Archibrazo Centre of Art, BAUEN Hotel, Chalmers Club, Masotta – Torres art gallery, IUNA Folklore and the historic building La Manzana de las Luces.
We had the support of Masotta – Torres, Bauen Hotel, Sigla integración, IUNA Folklore, Ministerio de Cultura del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires and INADI.
The Marathon was selected during 2010 as an event of Cultural interest by the Cultura Ministery of Buenos Aires, by INADI and by Chaco state Congress.