Argentine Tango has been Inscribed in 2009 on the
UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
The Argentinian and Uruguayan tradition of Tango, now familiar around the world, was developed in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the Rio de la Plata basin around the year 1880. Among this mix of "Tano" (Italian immigrants) and other Europeans, descendants of African slaves and the natives of the region known as Criollos, a wide range of customs, beliefs and rituals were merged and transformed into a distinctive cultural identity.
As one of the most recognizable embodiment of that identity, the music, dance and poetry of Tango both embodies and encourages diversity and cultural dialogue. It is practiced in Dance events called "Milonga" usually organized in the traditional "Salon" (dance halls) of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, spreading the spirit of its community across the globe even as it adapts to new environments and changing times.
That community today includes musicians, professional and amateur dancers, choreographers, composers, songwriters, teachers of the art and the national living treasures who embody the culture of Tango. Tango is also incorporated into celebrations of national heritage in Argentina and Uruguay, reflecting the widespread embrace of this popular urban music.