The Argentine and Uruguayan tradition of tango, now known throughout the world, was born in the Río de la Plata basin, among the popular classes of the cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
In this region, where European emigrants, descendants of African slaves and natives (Creoles) are mixed, there was an amalgam of customs, beliefs and rites that became a specific cultural identity. Among the most characteristic expressions of that identity are the music, dance and poetry of tango that are, at the same time, an incarnation and a vector of diversity and cultural dialogue.
Practiced in the milongas – typical dance halls – of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, tango has spread the spirit of its community throughout the world, adapting to new environments and the passage of time. That community today includes musicians, professional and amateur dancers, choreographers, composers, lyricists and teachers who teach this art and make discover the national living treasures that embody the culture of tango.
Tango is also present in national heritage celebrations, both in Argentina and Uruguay, which shows the vast scope of this urban popular music.
Inscribed since 2009 (4.COM) in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity