The season’s most exciting adventure, an unforgettable festival of the arts ,featuring some of the most passionate music on Earth.


A ten day festival celebrating music, dance and cinema from February 6-15, 2004, the Tango and Malambo Festival embraces art music of popular inspiration in various manifestations throughout the city, from classical performances to free tango lessons in downtown Santa Barbara. With its natural beauty, Santa Barbara is one of the most desired destinations on California’s South Coast, just a 1 ½ drive from Los Angeles.

The Festival is a collaborative effort of

The Santa Barbara Symphony . The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara .
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival
UCSB “Arts and Lectures” . Tango Santa Barbara . The Paseo Nuevo Mall . Café Buenos Aires.

The ten day long event takes its title from the music and dance traditions of urban ( the Tango) and rural ( the Malambo) Argentina. Gisele Ben-Dor , the Artistic Director ,explains that “the personality of this music and dances have created an identity which has now become internationally acknowledged and embraced.” The Honorary President of the festival is Mme. Georgina Ginastera, daughter of the great Argentine composer.

Opportunities for the public to learn the tango are also included.Members of Tango Santa Barbara will be available at the downtown El Paseo Nuevo Mall on Saturday afternoons, February 7 and 14, to teach anyone who wanders by. And the public is invited to dance the tango with expert Argentines and live music at a traditional Milonga , or just listen to ongoing tango ensembles performing in Santa Barbara clubs during the festival.