lLa Garufa                                 IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE. IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER

REGRETTABLY, WE MUST PUT THE FESTIVAL ON HOLD FOR  ANOTHER YEAR….

TO ALL PARTICIPANTS: THANK YOU!!!!!
Thank you all for the wonderful thoughts. It takes times like this weekend to measure people and friendships. I would not change Vancouver for anything.

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“Congratulations once again for an amazing festival ! Excellent venue, excellent organizing and the instructors were just amazing – not only very good at what they were showing but very nice, approachable and caring people. I loved the performances – great dancers, it was very professional organized, the costumes, the music. And the band – what can I say ? I did feel like I am in Buenos Aires. Everything showed that you put lots of work and thought into it: the tickets, the merchandise, the volunteers. Congratulations ! I hope it is just the first one, I really hope that we will have another one next year – and I would really like to see the same performers/instructors – they were amazing !”
CARMEN COSTEA

“THANK YOU, Monica!!! what a great, fantastic festival with amazing performers, Monica! it was over way too fast! i am so very happy and grateful!”
ELIZABETH HAFELI

“Loved to be here….THANK YOU Monica Monty and Angel Fabian Coriaand all the volunteers,Dj’s, maestros, and VOLUNTEERS….;) World Wide Dance Shoes thanks you early…Hope to see you next year…;)”
HASAN SEREMET

“Thanks Monica. You rock. It was awesome.”
JUD MARTELL

“It was a wonderful Tango Festival with wonderful performers! thank you!”
LENA CABRERA

“Wow… what a fantastic weekend of magnificent tango. Listened to beautiful music, watched amazing performances, learned so much and made new friends! Thanks Monica Monty!!!”
CATHY KNOWLTON

“Good going good lady! People really, really appreciate what you do. You make a difference in people’s lives and you can see it on their faces and feel it through their bodies. :-) ” JAMES DEAN WARYCK

Enjoyed La Garufa festival a lot! all the teachers were great, I hope I will remember the cool combinations I’ve learnt… Sexteto Milongueromusic was FABULOUS!!! Performances impressive!.. Lorena Bouzas’ DJ-ing was great! (Friday night was my fav). Big thanks to all the partners I had fun dancing with at the festival, and special thanks to Angel Fabian Coria& Ruben Veliz…Monica Monty, Angel, the festival was a treat!
TATIANA BALASHOVA

“I am getting a helmet cam so I can dance, photograph and video at the same time. It was a very special evening, thank you Monica Monty for dreaming BIG, you made me love Galas, I didn’t want to do it …… :-) ” VINCENT LAM

“Excellent Festival! You have thought of everything! Well done! :) ” CHERYL CLARK

“We didn’t get a chance to speak with you last night.  Congratulations on the success of La Garufa!  The couples were excellent teachers and performers and the band was great!  We hope you continue to bring such genuine talent to Vancouver.  This experience has given us a glimpse into the rich world of Argentine Tango that we would like to continuously explore. Thank you!”
WINSTON & NADINE

“What a great festival La Garufa was. Thank you Monica for making it happen.”
PIPPA CRISP

“Congratulations to Monica Monty, Angel Coria and Libertango for an excellent La Garufa Tango Festival!”
CHERYL CLARK

“Exhausting and wonderful time at La Garufa International Tango Festival!
The haiku of the last day:
Voices cease outside.
A shoe strap mark around the ankle.
Bandoneon sleeps.”
MARINA MOLODOVSKAYA

“Hermoso Festival de Tango en Vancouver !! Que linda energia ayer en el Show !!! Hermosa Gente!!”
GISELA NATOLI

“Really happy after a wonderful tango festival with lots of dancing!”
ELISABETH HAFELI

“Great Argentine contribution”
CRISTIAN VIDELA

“Had a Wonderful time at La Garufain Vanocuver this weekend. Amazing performances, great dancing and a live performance by Sexteto Milonguero. perfecto.”
JAMILA M WILLIAMS

“La Garufa fue un verdadero exito de calidad y calidez… el Sexteto Milonguerocomo siempre una Maza de energia , y las parejas de bailarines , Gustavo Rosas Gisela Paula Natoli, Romina levin claudio Villagra , Sabrina y Rubern veliz … Exquisitos !!! un lujo poder trabajar con todos estos artistas que tanto admiro … mi socia y amiga Monica Montyuna genia .. gracias a todos por el respeto que tuvieron hacia mi persona .. !!!”
ANGEL CORIA

“Dear Monica, thank you for your endeavoring in creating/ financing / organizing and hosting the La Garufa tango festival. What a treat to the tango community last weekend! We appreciate your vision, class and perseverance… Thank you! With love, Steven and Joanna”

“Ditto Steven & Joanna’s comments and more specifically, the DJ workshops, DJs, sextet and the Veliz couple were simply excellent. Kudos & much appreciation for your efforts ♥”
SALLY OSBORNE

“Monica … we love you!! :-)
JAMES DEAN WARYK

“Big thank you Monica for the festival. Karmi and I enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot from the wonderful teachers. Abrazos.”
AVITAL BELKIN

“Thank you for a fantastic festival!”
JEANNETTE SOMLAK PEDERSEN

“Thank you Monica for the excellent festival organization ! Amazing event !! Everything was at a high level! I hope you’re satisfied it.”
ELENA URETSKAYA

“Monica, Muchas gracias! I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot during the festival. It is always inspiring to be around teachers and dancers from other cities. I was so exhausted after the all night milonga and early class that I fell asleep early on the night. I regret that I missed the last milonga. Look forward to the next one.”
EDUARDO AZMITIA

“Dear Monica, the festival was very enjoyable! my special thanks for bringing Sexteto Milonguero. abrazos T”
TATIANA BALASHOVA

“I am still in a tango daze …thank you so much for giving us La Garufa. It was a wonderful, I didn’t want it to end. The zamba performance by Ruben & Sabrina was beautiful and dancing to Sexteto Milonguero was fabulous.
Big XO to you – tangowoman!”
ADRIENNE  HORTON

“Thanks Monica, dear! What a treat for the tango community! You dedication, passion and courage are incredible and contagious. Looking forward to the future La Garufa endeavors! love, Marina”
MARINA MOLODOVSKAYA

“Thank you Monica ! you really brought quality to Vancouver ! Loved it !”
MICHAEL DE RUYTER

“it took courage, hard work, risks, and love to do this Monica! Glad to be part of it! thank you!!!”
MARIA CARBONETTI

“Monica, that was an incredible festival. Thank you so much for bringing such exceptional dancers to Vancouver. Sexteto Milongera was a dream! I love them!!! Muchisimo gracias!!!”
NATASHA LEWIS

“Excellent work, dear Monica! You put your energy, your time, and your heart into this project, and it has been a tremendous success! Bravo!”
BARBARA WOOD

“Dear Monica,
All the comments and photos of La Garufa have made me miss my tango community more fiercely than ever. It is abundantly clear that the festival was put together with boundless love and enthusiasm and generosity. I thought you should know that even though I was unable to take part (because of ongoing health challenges), I am nonetheless deeply touched by what you’ve accomplished. You are a gift to our community.
Love, Sandra.”
SANDRA VANDER SCHAAF

Good day.
I thoroughly enjoyed the milonga last night.   Congratulations to you and all your staff and volunteers.
I would like to submit an idea, if I may, regarding your next Libertango…
Add a demonstration couple from Helsinki, Finland.
On the surface this may sound crazy but Tango is hugely popular in Finland.   But it is not Arg. Tango, International Tango, or American style tango.  It is ‘Finnish Tango’.
About 2 years ago I saw a 20 minute video article on Finnish Tango on the CBS program 60 Minutes.
And, Finnish Tango is clearly Tango.  The Finns dance their own Tango to the same tango music that you and I dance to.  But it is different.
I think that if you go to YouTube and enter ‘Finnish Tango’  there may be some examples for you to look at.
Cheers!

Neil MacIvor
Richmond, BC

Movimiento es vida! Quieto no existe, quieto es solo una percepcion. Aun cuando creemos que estaremos quietos, nos movemos. Pulso, latido, parpadeo, el universo. El movimiento es absolutamente todo, el sonido es movimiento, la luz es movimiento, amar es movimiento. Moverse es dejar un estado para buscar otro. Es creer que no hay un final, es estar en camino, es seguir yendo, siempre. Si nos movemos nuestro horizonte se mueve para llegar a donde ni nosotros nos hubieramos imaginado jamas. A todos siempre algo nos mueve. Los chicos se mueven por curiosidad. Una madre se mueve por amor. Movamonos. Vivir es moverse, no es un simple acto de presencia en la Tierra. Moverse es la esencia de estar vivo, es la manifestacion plena de vivir. Si hay movimiento hay vida. Tan simple. Tan esencial. TANGO.

Movement is life! Stillness does not exist, stillness is only a perception. Even when we believe that we are still, we move. The pulse, the beat, the flicker, the universe. The movement is absolutely everything, sound is movement, light is movement,  love is movement. To move is leaving a state in order to seek another. Is believing that there is no end, following a path, forever. If we move, our horizon moves, reaching distances we could have never even imagined. In all of us, something always moves. The children are moved by curiosity. A mother is moved by love. Let us move. Life is movement, it is not a simple act of presence on Earth. Movement is the essence of being alive, is the deep manifestation of living. If there is movement, there is life. So simple. So essential. TANGO.

MISSION

To promote Argentine tango dance and culture.To preserve unaltered the essence of Argentine Tango dance, music and culture.To support the creation and production of new artistic work by emerging and established artists.To contribute to the professional development of those artists.To foster the empowerment of people and respect for cultural diversity.To encourage collegiality, friendship and mutual respect.No tango festival was ever possible without the generosity of volunteers. We believe in people’s inherent goodness, integrity and potential.

Have a good time!

BIENVENIDO A TODOS

Por mas que caiga del cielo el mas tremendo aguacero vos sabes que te esperamos para que bailes primero.

Y si la lluvia no para y ya te vas a tu casa pensa en como disfrutaste te secas…y todo pasa. NO FALTES

CELEBRATE WITH US

Welcome to our Vancouver tango festival: Romina Levin & Claudio Villagra, Sabrina & Ruben Veliz, Gisela Natoli & Gustavo Rosas, Lorena Bouzas, Angel Coria, Orchestra El Sexteto Milonguero

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