Abrázame Barcelona, 8-10 December 2017

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Milongueando Barcelona introduces the 7th Edition of Abrázame!

A truly international encuentro amongst friends: we will dance in the marvellous DioClub ballroom in the heart of the city. Barcelona is going to welcome the winter with warm embraces and sunny memories.

40 hours of dance 5 milongas + 2 free afterparties 
+ 1 warm-up party 250 participants gender balanced close embrace mirada & cabaceo
300m² perfect wooden floor Free sitting in the milonga 8 amazing DJs Traditional tango music

DJs

Analía La Rubia del Giglio

Analía La Rubia del Giglio 

Analia comes from Argentina's second tango capital, the port city of Rosario. She founded the project Las Chirusas there, which has become an integral part of Rosario's tango scene. Since 2004 she has concentrated entirely on her work as a tango DJ, going by the name of La Rubia, puro Tango Argentino. Her knowledge and intimate relationship with the tango has enabled her to develop a personal style and a unique sound. Through traditional DJing, with tandas and cortinas, La Rubia plays between the dancers’ emotions and the deeper history of tango. She makes you dance with your soul.

In almost 250 towns and 38 countries all over the world, from America to Europe and Asia, people have danced to her music, and other DJs look to her as a model.

José Luis Zucchetti

José Luis Zucchetti 

A lover of tango music from all eras, Jose Luis (Pepe) likes to center his music in the Golden Age of tango, with a touch of Guardia Vieja and the great orchestras of the 50s and 60s. He tries to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere by choosing different orchestras, varying between melodic and rhythmic. D'Arienzo, Troilo, Pugliese, Di Sarli, D'Agostino, Caló, and Tanturi are the backbone of his playlists. His sense of humor and energizing dancing set make him very popular. He is a frequent guest at encuentros, marathons and milongas in Barcelona where he lives, as well as many countries in Europe, and in his native Argentina.

Naoko

Naoko 

DJ Naoko's music selection is known as '100% Bailable!' — it's so irresistible you cannot stay off the floor. An expert in creating the right ambience for the moment, she connects and communicates with dancers through her music, letting it develop naturally. She loves seeing happy faces on the floor and considers being a DJ as her dream job.

Originally from Japan, she dived into the world of Tango soon after discovering beauty of Argentina and its warm people. She was the sole resident DJ at the popular practica/milonga TANGOCOOL! (in Club Villa Malcolm) for 4 years until its closure in 2013. She has been invited to DJ not only in Buenos Aires but also around the world. After living in Buenos Aires for 7 years is now based in Barcelona, Spain.

Tina Ferrari

Tina Ferrari 

It was the music that inspired Tina Ferrari to start dancing tango in 2003. When she’s not on the dance floor, you can find her at the DJ console, with her selections of music from the Golden Age of tango. Tina's first experience DJing was in 2008 in Buenos Aires, at a little milonga called "Asi se Baila el Tango" in the historic neighborhood of San Telmo. She lived and danced in Buenos Aires for a year and a half before moving to Italy in 2009. Currently based in Gorizia, she travels often to DJ at various milonguero events throughout Europe. She is co-organizer of the encuentro milonguero M.M. Elite in Bologna, Italy, and Romance del Lago in Bled, Slovenia.

Victoria Guasch

Victoria Guasch 

Victoria prepares her sessions through an ongoing study of the history of tango, the orchestras, instrumentalists, singers, and the recordings. While rooted in her knowledge of the tango and its evolution, a knowledge of music therapy also helps her evaluate the response of the dance floor to the music. She believes each session is different and is created on the spot.

Schedule

Schedule 
Thursday | 7 Dec
  • 22:30 – 01:30: Casa Valencia (local milonga - 6€) DJ Richard Slade
Friday | 8 Dec
  • Abrazame opens
  • 15:00 - 20:00: Milonga "Naranjo en Flor" DJ Victoria Guasch

  • 22:30 - 03:30: Milonga "Las Violetas" DJ Naoko
Saturday | 9 Dec
  • 15:00 - 16:30: Brunch
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15:00 - 21:00: Milonga "Yuyo verde" DJ Pepe "El Pibe Terciopelo"
  • 22:30 – 03:30: Milonga "Flor de tango" DJ Analía "La Rubia del Giglio"
Sunday | 10 Dec
  • 15:00 – 16:30: Brunch

  • 15:00 – 21:00: Milonga "La piba de los jazmines" DJ Tina Ferrari
  • 22:30 – 02:00: After-party 1 (DJ to be confirmed)
Monday | 11 Dec
  • 22:30 – 02:00: After-party 2 (DJ to be confirmed)

Barcelona

Barcelona is famous for its architecture, excellent cuisine, wonderful clothes and great prices for shopping. It is charming and cosmopolitan with wonderful weather. We recommend keeping a couple of extra vacation days, before or after the event, to explore the city. This way you can also enjoy the milonga afterparties!

Dance floors

The Ballroom

The encuentro takes place at the DioClub ballroom every year. This wonderful ballroom makes all the dancers fall in love with its beautiful ambience and 300 square meters of perfect wooden floor! Keeping numbers to only 250 guests ensures everyone’s comfort. As our guests prefer free seating during the encuentro, the arrangement does not separate the men and women.

The After Parties

For the perfect closure to an encuentro amongst friends, we have an excellent wooden floor in a perfectly sized room to create a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.

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Hotels

Being one of the most touristic cities in Europe, there are varied options for hotels in Barcelona. You can search for hotels on Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Hostelword. Our suggestions:

Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera

The "Catalonia" chain is renowned for its quality of service. This hotel is located meters from Abrázame! and every year arranges a special price for those who stay there.

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Hostel Generator

A young atmosphere with perfect community spaces, as well an excellent rating on Booking.com and TripAdvisor. We know that many Abrázame regulars stay in this hostel.

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Transport

There are many options for direct flights to Barcelona. Many European cities even have low-cost airlines flying non-stop to Barcelona. Book your flights soon! Easyjet, Ryanair and Vueling are always good and economic options. Also try skyscanner.com.

Transfer from El Prat Airport to milonga area

  • Train from terminal 2 to Passeig de Gracia - 5€ (30 minutes + walk 10 minutes)
  • Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + Metro 2 stops - 6€ + 2€ (45 minutes)
  • Taxi - 25€ (only 20 minutes)

Taxi sharing between tangueros in the Terminals, has proved to be a very convenient and successful system last year!

Restaurants

Barcelona has 5,140 bars and 2,267 restaurants. In Villa de Gracia, where "DioClub" is located and where Abrázame! was founded, there are 267 bars and 136 restaurants.

As you can see, there are a enormous number of gastronomic options in the vicinity of Abrázame! You can search on TripAdvisor by sector (Gracia), price, type of food, special diet and ambience. You will find many options at just a few minutes walk away.

We will recommend some restaurants here that are commonly visited by Abrázame! regulars.

Gut

Less than four meters away from Abrázame! International dishes with various vegetarian and vegan options in a warm, tranquil and informal ambience.

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Restaurante la Pepita

A 3 minute walk from Abrázame! Bits of graffiti decorate the walls of this unique restaurant, which specialises in imaginative snacks and tapas. Reservations cannot be made here. After the evening milonga one has to run here beore it fills up, but it is well worth the effort!

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Can Punyetes

A 2 minute walk from Abrázame! At least on one night the Abrázame! team goes to this restaurant which serves traditional charcoal-grilled recipes of Catalan in a classic tavern with wooden beams, marble tables and old photos.

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Cal Boter

A 6 minute walk from Abrázame! Grilled meats and Catalan cuisine in a family setting, warm and informal with art, traditional ceramic and wooden furniture. Recommended for groups.

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Xurreria Trebol

A 3 minute walk from Abrázame! Survivors from a long day of tango and abrazos reunite for xurros and hot chocolate. It is open all night through the duration of Abrázame! If you want to go for the after of the after of the after, first recuperate here and then continue dancing!

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Contact

  • Organizers: Cristina Vlady & Alexis Quezada
  • Deco & Catering coordination: Fernanda Osorio
  • Photographer 2017: (to be decided)
  • Tango clothes stand: (to be decided)
  • Tango shoes stand: Madame Pivote
  • Tango pants stand: Pepe Zuchetti
  • Helpers: Harmony, Fede, Rafal, Celine, Dusan
  • Catering staff: María Jesús
  • Door admission: Carlos

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The encuentro costs 100€ and includes 5 milongas, 2 after parties, 2 brunches and some drinks in the afternoon milongas.

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