Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce

The tango of Buenos Aires enjoys a moment of great concern. After 14 years of educational work, the beloved Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce may disappear as the Directorate General for Cultural Promotion of the City because Guillermo Gonzalez Heredia decided to cut its funding from the budget.

The Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce is an educational program that since 2000 brings together the next generation of musicians with the most important teachers of tango, enabling the transmission of musical language of gender in the context of a typical orchestra. A hotbed for which there have been more than 250 musicians from Argentina and fifteen other  countries, an entire generation who learned to play the tango in a “school orchestra.”

Today we suffer the most inefficient and sloppy administration we have ever known. The Director General for Cultural Promotion of the City, Guillermo González Heredia, cut the budget for the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce without explanation and ignores our requests for a meeting.

The foundation sent to UNESCO requesting a declaration of tango as “an intangible heritage of humanity”, speaks of the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce as one of the pillars of governance in Tango City. Paradoxically, the lack of interest by González Heredia and cutting the program’s budget cannot continue this important work.

Knowing the genuine interest that the Minister of Culture of the City Hernán Lombardi has for tango, we ask you to intervene to solve this serious problem. The disappearance of the “Orchestra School” would be a huge loss to the locals, leaving a gaping hole in the necessary work to keep alive the flame of our own culture.

Help us save this important project.

Do click here and sign the petition


Janis –

Thanks for your support! We reached over 7,400 signatures, and we still need your help!

Thanks to you, and all who are supporting us, the Minister of Culture Hernán Lombardi finally will receive our petition at noon on Monday, June 17. That day we will deliver the signatures and ask him to address pedagogical program to formally create the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce through a ministerial decision.

And so we ask you to share the petition on your Facebook wall and ask your friends to sign.

Thanks again, on behalf of the entire team of the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce.



Hi Janis,

With great joy we can tell you that we have achieved our goal: we got the budget to continue the work of the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce. All this thanks to your signature and that of many others.

Not only that, but we managed a ministerial resolution formally creating educational program. This resolution — why we fought for 14 years– will give us the appropriate institutional framework to prevent us from going through this situation again.

The first hours of the request were decisive: the Minister Lombardi received more than 400 signatures on his email in less than two hours, and the first impact was essential to achieve our goal.

We deeply thank all signatories who supported us. We are very touched by the number of signatures collected and particularly impressed by the commitment of the entire community with the “Orchestra School.” Throughout the campaign, the word spread about the petition on social networks, in milongas and concerts with a deep sense of belonging that fills us with joy and pride.

Thanks for all the support



One Response to “Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce”

  1. Patricia Says:

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Janis. I have forwarded this to people on our tango mailing list. Hopefully, they will also pass on the information.

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