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MalindiLonga 2014 - Wed 26 February to Sun 2 March 2014

Tango Festival in Malindi, Kenya, Wed-26-Feb to Sun-2-Mar 2014

Tango on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya!

MalindiLonga 2014, from Wednesday 26 February to Sunday 2 March 2014—in the middle of a cold European winter, 4 tango nights in the coastal town of Malindi in Kenya! Dance under the big sky of Africa, along the Indian Ocean, basked in a warm see breeze, to the sound of great traditional tango music, a Milonga every evening caressed by the ocean breeze, in Baires style, with a different DJ each night, take advantage of daily workshops with passionate international tango teachers Alex and Natalia Lipsky (Lviv, Ukraine) who will be with us again this year, and meet the enthusiastic and growing tango community in Nairobi and other places in East and Central Africa.

MalindiLonga 2014 is being organized con mucho gusto by The Patamango Association, a non-profit association of passionate volunteers with the mission of developing Argentine Tango culture in Kenya, in collaboration with Silversand Residence and Mariposa Restaurant.

Please help us spread the word! For example by responding to the facebook event, and if you so wish to then share it, and invite your friends.

General Daily Programme

The arrangement is simple. We have conveniently reserved a number of studios at Silversand Residence for this event but you are free to choose to stay anywhere else you like in Malindi. Travel to Malindi, from Nairobi or from elsewhere, is entirely for you to arrange as you prefer. February gets quite warm in Malindi (min of 23 to max of 31℃) but the lounge dance banda at Silversand Residence is open on 4 sides and very airy.
  • The entire morning is free to relax, beach, siesta on private terrace, by the pool in the garden, snorkel, kite-surf, sport fishing, visits, excursions, fresh seafood lunch at any of numerous excellent restaurants in Malindi, privates w. Alex/Natalia, Camille, Mario, etc.
  • 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm: Workshop Level 1, programme below (cost not included in accommodation).
  • 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm: Workshop Level 2, programme below (cost not included in accommodation).
  • Free to relax, sundowner, dip in the ocean, rest, dress up for the evening, etc.
  • 7:30 pm - late: Dinner/Milonga. Included in accommodation at Silversand Residence. For all others cost is 2000 Kes.

Workshops with Alex y Natalia

Alex and Natalia Lipsky (Lviv, Ukraine) are founders of the Argentine tango and folklore school LeoTango as well as the flamenco school La Peña Flamenca de Lviv. Keeping special attention on musicality, they treat dance as a dialog between partners, with other dancers, as part of the orchestra. Their addiction to tango has also made them travel worldwide–they participated as teachers and performers of Argentinean tango and folklore at festivals in Ukraine, Netherlands, Spain. Alex is also a professional guitarist. It is a real pleasure to have them with us again this year!

Workshop Schedule

Wed 26 Feb 3:00 pm Basica salida: new look at old things (Osvaldo Fresedo)
4:30 pm Giro: making it more interesting (Juan D’Arienzo)
Thu 27 Feb 3:00 pm Basic principles: dancing to rhythm in waltz (Alfredo di Angelis)
4:30 pm Circular movements in waltz (Edgardo Donato)
Fri 28 Feb 3:00 pm Milonga: baldosa and changing directions (Rodolfo Biagi)
4:30 pm Syncopas in milonga, dancing to music of Fransisco Canaro
Sat 1 Mar 3:00 pm Women’s techniques
4:30 pm Men’s techniques
  • Duration of all workshops is 1:15.
  • Suggested contribution per workshop (not included in the accommodation) is 1200 Kes for drop-ins and 1000 Kes for pre-agreed.

Accommodation at Silversand Residence

There are a limited number of studios at Silversand Residence each with own private balcony onto the lush Silversand Residence gardens and the warm turquoise Indian Ocean. Each studio is tastefully furnished to encapture the Swahili coast, and comes with all modern amenities including a mini bar, small stove, daily housekeeping, A/C (upper studios only), ceiling fans, towels, free wifi, and wall sockets for laptops. Note that hand soap is provided, but the more delicately personal shampoo and shower gels are not. Rooms are set up for 2 persons sharing, that may be as 2 single beds or as 1 double bed.

The rates below have been specially-negotiated to be significantly lower than what the Silversand Residence rates normally are during this peak season.

Reserved by Mon 10 Feb (deposit of 5000 Kes) lower studio upper studio
Wed/Thu 3000 Kes 3500 Kes
Fri/Sat 3500 Kes 4000 Kes
Reserved after Mon 10 Feb lower studio upper studio
Wed/Thu 3500 Kes 4000 Kes
Fri/Sat 4000 Kes 4500 Kes

All the prices are per person sharing per day, on dinner-board (i.e. includes dinner/milonga) and rooms will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Single studio is possible, at a supplementary cost of 2000 Kes per day.

Excluded in the prices above: all expenses of a personal nature, such as drinks and gratuities; Tango workshops/activities added to the MalindiLonga programme; any extras not mentioned.

Please also note that in the interest of having gender-balanced milongas we reserve the right to wait-list and/or limit further individual registrations from either gender! So either reserve early or ensure to reserve as a couple!

To ensure a room at Silversand Residence, and to get the lowest rate possible, please reserve prior to Monday 10 Febuary, by answering the questions below and then validate the reservation by making a payment of 5000 Kes as non-refundable deposit--that may be made in cash (in person to any one of us) or by m-pesa to 0715 357 507.

  • Your full name
  • Your gender
  • Which of the 4 nights do you intend to stay
  • All studios are 2 person sharing (or single supplement applies); do you know who you would like to share the room with? Single or double beds?
  • Do you prefer upper floor studio (with a more open ocean view, air conditioning; supplement applies)?

Then please do not forget to help us spread the word by responding to the facebook event, and if you so wish to then share it, and invite your friends!

Travel options Nairobi-Malindi

Direct Flights (duration is typically a little over 1 hour each way):

  • Air Kenya - daily Nairobi Wilson WIL to Malindi MYD round trip, WIL departure 14:00, MYD departure 16:25
  • SAXdaily Nairobi Wilson WIL to Malindi MYD round trip, WIL departure 15:00 or 16:00, MYD departure 17:30 or 18:30
  • Fly540 - daily Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International NBO to Malindi MYD round trip, NBO departure 10:15 (except on Sunday 14:00), MYD departure 13:15 (except Sunday 17:15)
  • Kenya Airways - daily NBO-MYD round trip, NBO departure 13:20, MYD departure 15:15

Fly to Mombasa:

  • Kenya Airways - many daily NBO-MBA flights that are usually less costly
  • From Mombasa Airport take a cab or tuktuk to town and take a fast transfer matatu to Malindi--these take only 10 passengers (instead of the usual 14) and make no stops, leave frequently (whenever they fill up, seems just about every 10 mins), at a cost of around 500/- per person. Once in Malindi take a tuktuk (usually 100/- per short ride within Malindi) to Silversand Residence (on corner of Silversand Road and Coral Rock Road).

Direct Coach - note, until further notice: Ministry Of Transport Bans Night Travel For Buses

  • Tahmeed - several day busses daily, first one leaves Nairobi at 07:00, in Mombasa at 15:00, and Malindi at 17:00.
    Tel/m-pesa: Nairobi 0724581902 / Malindi 0724581015 / Mombasa 0729356561.
  • Simba - daily Nairobi (River Rd) departures at 07:00 and 08:00, both arriving Mombasa at 15:30, and Malindi 17:30.
    Tel: Nairobi 0707471111 / Malindi 0707471112 / m-pesa 0720555003.
  • Dreamline - daily Nairobi (Accra Rd) departure at 07:30, in Mombasa at 15:30, and Malindi at 17:30.
    Tel: Nairobi 0702444422 / Malindi 0703805050 / Mombasa 0716000100.
  • Mash (Accra Rd).

Other options include coaching to Mombasa and then matatu to Malindi, or of course driving privately (please inform us if you plan to do so maybe others can carpool with you!).

Terms and Conditions

All visiting participants are required to take travel insurance that includes health insurance (there are limited facilities in Kenya's public hospitals).

The organizers cannot assume any responsibility in damage, loss or theft of any of your belongings.

Your visit to Kenya... should you need any help or suggestions, how to organize, for before and/or after the festival, please do not hesitate to let us know, it will be our pleasure to help make your visit to Kenya as complete and ejnoyable as possible!

Tango DJ's, musicians, instructors

If you are a Tango DJ or Musician or Tango Instructor, and you believe you may be able to help us add depth and variety to our workshops, milongas or any other tango activity, for the benefit of the young but growing local tango community, please do talk to us about the possibility of collaborating with us.

Contact details

For any further questions you may have, please email us at or call us on +254 715 357 507.