DOBLE OCHO 2011 review 0 reacties

The 2011 Doble Ocho was a hot summer festival !! In the end of april, during 10 days, a real heatwave covered the Netherlands and Nijmegen, resulting in temperatures from 23 to 28 celcius. This made the 2011 Doble Ocho edition a very 'Hot' festival. For the first time in 8 years we could open the doors of the Vereeniging bars to the balconies, overlooking the main square of Nijmegen in the city centre. With candels on the tables and the lights over the city, this was a very romantic add-on to this years edition where we introduced the tangobazaar. Also we introduced the Tango Music Contest and the Music JAM and on the same day, and we had a Spanish winner of the concurso, El Repique from Barcelona. As result of winning the contest, they will now play on the Int. tangofestival of Sitges on july 14th.
There where also tango afterparties in our Tangohotel 'Courage ',that was filled with festival guests. People enjoyed the festival programme with workshops from maestro's Like Adrian & Alejandra, Martin & Maurizio and Ismael and Maria. The friday and saturday hosted over 400 people in the Vereeniging, and there was a fine dance flow, with ofcourse on saturday the extra Fusion Room.
For many, another highlight was the Misa Criolla in the Valkhof Museum on Easter Sunday. It was the finish of another Doble Ocho with lots of live music, long hours of dancing, hot sun and warm encounters.

Lucien Lecarme, Festival Director

Doble Ocho 2011 photo impressions can be found on
1. The doble ocho facebook group. Become member of this group here

2. tangoshots

Doble Ocho: Triple Ocho next year ? 0 reacties

Nijmegen is full of tango activities next month. Not just Doble Ocho: two other major tango events will transform Nijmegen into 'Buenos Aires on the River Waal'.
On the 7th of March ten shops and venues in Nijmegen will be presenting live tango music and two salons are also taking place. From the 12th to the 14th a classic Spiegeltent ('tent of mirrors') will be positioned right in the centre of town with numerous tango and Argentina-related activities including a concert by Juan Carlos Caceres, tango caf├ęs, a chacarera workshop, mate drinking and wine-tasting and lectures about Argentina. But why so many events, in a small town, all so close together? Is Doble Ocho expanding ?

It is Doble Ocho’s aim to have an extra high profile in Nijmegen every second year. This was realized in the past with the Caravane Tango, the ‘biggest tango class' world record attempt, and the concert with church organ, bandoneon and bass in 2003. Now, in 2010, it is time to do something special again and Nijmegen, ‘Buenos Aires on the Waal' is the result – coinciding with celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Argentina’s independence. An exchange has been arranged between the Joris Ivens Foundation in Nijmegen and the National Film and Documentary Archive in Argentina. Also the Embassador of Argentina in the Netherlands, Mr. Santos Goni, will open this programme together with the Major of Nijmegen, Mr. Thom de Graaf, on March 12, 12.00 in the Spiegeltent on Koningsplein.

So a lot of things are happening, and the regular Doble Ocho participant might ask: is Doble Ocho undergoing a major programme of expansion? The answer is no! Next year will be the normal 5 day festival again - with the usual extras of course, and... the 3x8 celebrations. El Corte will be celebrating its 24th birthday!! Will the festival change its name? I guess not, but probably some special stuff will be organized again to celebrate the 3x8! With for example again two salons in El Corte again!! ( that’s how it started in 2003!)

The 2011 festival will be back at Easter. This is sometimes also confusing, why is Doble Ocho not always at Easter? The reason is El Corte’s chained salons. For example, one will take place over the Easter weekend of 2010, and an overlap with Doble Ocho is not possible. It would break an almost 24 year old tradition, the oldest free tango marathon in Europe (the world?) organized successively for the past 23 years without omission!

read the rest of this article in the upcoming Doble Ocho newspaper !

Lucien Lecarme

Full programme of the Music Route of march 7th:

And for more information about the history of the Spiegeltent: click here

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