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Edgardo Fernández Sesma and Esteban Mioni dance, alternating and mixing up roles without changing their hold. They are dancing a typically Milonguero tango ("Farewell Buenos Aires" by Sciamarella-Torres Ríos, and the Orquesta Víctor-Angel Vargas, 1938) - Performed at the closing night of the "IX BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL QUEER TANGO FESTIVAL" in the beautiful art-nouveau "Unione and Benevolenza"...

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Argentina’s strict lockdown measures have seen an outpouring of solidarity for queer tango in Buenos Aires. Edgardo Fernández Sesma, LGBTQI+ activist and queer tango teacher holds tango classes using none of the heteronormative gender dynamics traditionally assumed by ‘male’ and ‘female’ dancers.
Queer Tango teacher and LGBTQ+ activist Edgardo Fernández Sesma tells LAB’s Nina Meghji about navigating the digital space, the impact of lockdown on Buenos Aires’ elder residents, and the economic implications for Buenos Aires’ tango community post Covid-19.
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Argentine tango teacher and LGBT activist Edgardo Fernández Sesma made this video for the (15 June) World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. LAB's Nina Meghji and her mother joined others all over the world to support this cause. Edgardo was interviewed (by Nina) in LAB's Voices of Latin America, Chapter 3.

Voices: a work in progress

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Work on LAB's exciting new book Voices of Latin America is progressing rapidly More than 45 of our interviews, from 11 countries, have been translated, and our wonderful team of volunteer editors are at work on the separate chapters The editor and project co-ordinator is Tom Gatehouse Publication date is now set for September 2018 Alongside the book,...

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