Dancers Leena Kruschwitz and Brendon Varcoe will be participating in the Summer Tango in Nelson Festival. Photo: Kate Russell.

Ten years of tango festival


When Anne-Maree Therkleson moved to Nelson just over a decade ago, she knew it was the perfect place to showcase her favourite dance.

Now, she is about to celebrate ten years of tango at the ever-growing Summer Tango in Nelson Festival next weekend.

Anne-Maree says the festival provides an opportunity for dancers from around New Zealand and Australia to tango all weekend long.

In fact, she reckons there will be around 23 solid hours of tango dancing fun to be had.

“Or more, if you can bear it.”

Around 130 tango dancers are expected to attend this year, with the festival growing around 20 percent each year since its inception.

“It showcases Nelson and it is a chance to make new tango friends and catch up with old ones. The magic of tango is that you change partners. It’s a lot of fun.”

The festival also showcases a range of tango DJs from Germany, Sydney, Christchurch, Auckland and Nelson, including New Zealand’s only bandoneon player.

The Summer Tango in Nelson Festival is on from March 6-8 at various venues, including The Boathouse, The Granary at Founders Heritage Park, and Fellworth House.

There will also be a free public display at Queens Gardens on Saturday, 7 March from 12 – 4pm.

If anyone is interested in learning how to tango, email [email protected]