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I'm Russian living in Russia. How did I end with organizing LTM?
... I've been to Lisbon long time ago, in starving student times. Mostly my memories look like: the Castle - mc'donalds - Tejo - oceanarium - mc'donalds - the Elevador - Rossio - guess what. So the only answer i have is: i want to try how is mc'donalds in Lisbon! And invented a very complicated reason to visit it. The fact that Augusto, our team-creator, is a chef... Nothing else but coincidence ;) Or good example of universe's sense of humor.
And the most true answer is "why not". I'm a dancer, writer, traveller, musician, people-lover (or human researcher?) - so organizing an international tango event, creating reasons for friends to meet, a chance to know new, to have fun, making magic from zero is a best solution which fits both skills and nature. So, "why not" indeed ;)
I'm happy i'm doing it and hope you'll love the result!
Hello, I’m Catarina Martins, I'm from Lisbon and I’m experiencing a great passion for Tango.
The first class i did was in 2014, it quickly became an addiction and a way of life. After 4 years, like my children, family, friends and work, tango is now also part of my life and I really don't know how I’ve lived without it for so long :)
Tango allowed me to meet people with whom I made true friendships that I wouldn't otherwise have made, and keeps giving me moments of unique alignment and intensity. When I was challenged to be a part of organizing this event, the response was immediate "of course".
Hello, my name is Joël, I’m a portuguese living in Ljubljana.
I lived in Porto most of my life, there I started learning Tango - and like most of us, dancers, can say, it has been a blast. The passion for the rhythms and history kept me hooked to this dance and culture.
One of my first Tango trips was to Lisbon, a city I thought I knew well, that’s when I found that tango brings a different color to every city you visit. Lisbon is no exception to this, then you add wonderful people, good food, captivating views and Fado, a perfect mix.
Lisbon Tango Marathon brings it all together with a passionate team of friends, we will make the most memorable event in an unforgettable place, I wouldn’t miss it for anything.
Lisbon is one of the European capitals that I love most. It is a joy for me to organize a tango event in Lisbon, and an honor too. I am a tango-trotter, Italian in Paris, fond of good tango, good food, and good computer science. I like to put things together and make them work... magically?
I love this tango passion that make us travel so far away, I love marathons and their people, helpers, dancers. I love the long preparations and the attention to details. Heart is everything.
This first LTM is a new experience with new people, new opportunities and new constraints. I love to make everything work smoothly, from computer systems to well-being of people, so that everyone can express him/herself dancing, interacting, smiling in a caring and exciting atmosphere....did I say that heart is everything ?
My name is Augusto Gemelli but mostly people know me as AG Tango.
My passion for tango music and dance started less than 10 years ago when I decided to try something new in my life. I chose tango and never had a chance to regret about it. My enthusiasm of a novice dancer made me quickly overcome the difficulties in learning, took me to dance and soon I knew main tango events in Europe. During the years of traveling to dance I met many people who organize events, I began to feel the desire, and maybe even a little need to use my experience as an organizer of events related to catering. I wanted to make parties where I can be delighted with the music I love, where I can see the friends with whom I like to dance. Finally, 4 years ago we (with other people) managed to organize my first and only edition of marathon in Lisbon, which for me was a unique experience. Now, after I had an opportunity to work for many tango events around Europe, the time has come to invite friends I found in tango to Lisbon, to the city where I spent the last twenty years of my life.
The dream is about to become reality. And I hope you do believe in me and in people who joined me in this adventure because we are working together to give you something amazing that will make you come back again and again for many years to Lisbon Tango Marathon.
Mercado da Ribeira
We could not choose a better place to blend the tango with the Portuguese culture. The Mercado da Ribeira is one of the symbols of the city of Lisbon, inextricably linked to the history of Portuguese seafarers and sailors who used to bring here the news from all over the world, corners of which they were exploring.
The market has always had a ballroom on the first floor. For many years, it was used for Sunday dancing parties that were known by the lisboetas as "the balera of the elderlies".
In 2014 Mercado was completely renovated and quickly became a must-visit destination for any food lover in Lisbon. There are dozens of vendors offering a range of cuisines, from traditional Portuguese fare to international foods, large prepared meals, small bites and sweets, cheeses, charcuteries or wine to go. There is something for everyone, and it's all in one place. You will find this impressive offer of restaurants and bars opened from 10:00 to 02:00.
DancefloorThe "elderlies’ ballroom" has also been renovated and transformed into a concert hall with a modern sound and lighting system spread over an area of almost 500 square meters. Here we will put more than 250 square meters of wooden floor with a special cushioning system that will help to protect the dancers’ feet. The hall is easily accessible from the main entrance of the market. Also here you’ll find:
Lisbon Tango marathon is waiting for you! We will accept up to 270 dancers, our event will be of course gender and geographically balanced.
Marathon pass is 115€. It includes all afternoon and night milongas, afterparty, two brunches (Saturday and Sunday), snacks.
Follow this link to register (form will appear on 8th march!)
- At the momet REGISTRATION is CLOSED.
- When you get our confirmation email you will have 10 days to make the payment, and only after we receive it we send you "YOU ARE IN" email.
- If you do not pay in due time your registration will be cancelled.
- Please do not buy a ticket and do not book the hotel until you get our final approving email!
- The registration is strictly personal and it cannot be transferred to another person without our authorization.
In case of cancellation there will be no refunds but, please, contact us ([email protected]) to offer a replacement or ask us to find one for you.
We offer you guided tours on Thursday and Monday - so consider them while making vacation plans!
- Dancing in Wine-cellar: wine tasting, lunch from AG Chef, afternoon milonga in Quinta da Lagoalva. Thursday, 6th of September, starting at 9 a.m. (25 euros)
- Navigator's Cruise. Sailing along the Tagus river on a wonderful historical boat. Monday, 10th of September, starting at 4 p.m. (45 euros)
Detailed info and registration - in FB group for Confirmed participants.
Where to stay
Mercado da Ribeira is located in the the center of the city and you can find lots of cozy hotels and cheap hostels in 5 minutes walking distance.
We did our best to pre-select best offers for you. Click at the category you prefer and find a list of links!
Apartments and B&B
And here, just in case, local accomodation search links (which at some point can be more full and better than the most famous one):
The Cais do Sodre metro stop is right in front of the Mercado da Ribeira.
Here you can also find a station where trains leave for seashore closest to Lisbon, to the town Cascais located on the Atlantic Ocean.
Mercado stands on the Tejo river and right across the street there’s a ferry and boat station. Just in 10 minutes of travel you can reach the south bank of the Tejo.
The city center is just a 10-minute walk away from the venue. Surrounding neighborhoods are full of cafes, museums, points of interest, hotels and tourist apartments.
How to get to the venue
One of the good things about Lisbon is that the airport is almost in the center of the city. This means that if you take a taxi from the airport to the venue it will cost you only around €10-15, even if you want to go to hotel first. You can use Uber or My Taxi applications.
If you prefer to explore public transport, you can take the metro from the airport. To go to the Marathon's venue, you would have to take the Red Line from the airport station to "Alameda" station and then change to the green line until "Cais do Sodre" station. Then just cross the main street and you are at the entrance of Mercado da Ribeira.
Still, from the airport you always have the possibility of taking the AEROBUS, which is a low cost bus that can take you straight from the airport to Cais do Sodre (bus stop nº 10). One way ticket costs 4€ but if you buy a ticket for 4 or more people it's considered as group ticket and it costs 3€ per person.
- Dancing in Wine-cellar. Wine tasting, lunch from AG Chef and afternoon milonga in Quinta da Lagoalva. Thursday, 6th of September. Bus is leaving at 9 a.m. Price is 25 euros.
- Navigators' Cruise. Sailing along the Tagus river on a wonderful historical boat. We will enjoy the view, eat, drink and dance if we want! Monday, 10th of September. Boat is living at 4 p.m. Price is 45 euros.
- Walking Tour. During 3 hours of walking you will see some referencial points of this City of Light and stop at splendid viewpoints. Friday 7th of September. Tour starts at 11 a.m. Free of charge!
Detailed info and registration for Wine and Boat tours - in FB group for Confirmed participants.
TAP-airlines provides special promo-code for our LTM-participants. It'll give you 10% discount for economy-class and 15% discount for business-class. You can find the code in Facebook group for Confirmed Participants.