• Ambassador of Argentina Hugo Gobbi and his wife Beatriz Mollerach

    Ambassador of Argentina Hugo Gobbi and his wife Beatriz Mollerach

  • Jorge Bagnini and Marcella Fiorillo with Eduardo Acevedo-Diaz

    Jorge Bagnini and Marcella Fiorillo with Eduardo Acevedo-Diaz

  • Deemant Lodhia and Sakias Tameo

    Deemant Lodhia and Sakias Tameo

  • Ambassador of Russia Vladimir with the Ambassador of Serbia Miroljub Petrovic

    Ambassador of Russia Vladimir with the Ambassador of Serbia Miroljub Petrovic

  • Nora Pucci, Alexandra Vlek and Eloisa Vidurrizaga

    Nora Pucci, Alexandra Vlek and Eloisa Vidurrizaga

  • We don't dance the tango!

    We don't dance the tango!

  • Guillermo Duardo-Lonardi, Claudia Mastronardi, Claudia and Jorge Woods and Maria Almada

    Guillermo Duardo-Lonardi, Claudia Mastronardi, Claudia and Jorge Woods and Maria Almada

  • Maria Varela, Maria Teresa Cisneros, Maria Cacho, Ibelise Escobar and Gladys Tenorio

    Maria Varela, Maria Teresa Cisneros, Maria Cacho, Ibelise Escobar and Gladys Tenorio

  • Dale Sheridan, Ann Redmond and Tamara Lions

    Dale Sheridan, Ann Redmond and Tamara Lions

  • Monica Garcia, Carlos Oliviera and Daniela Segovia

    Monica Garcia, Carlos Oliviera and Daniela Segovia

  • George Coslovich, Pablo Marzano, Luis Rudenas and Diana Aguero

    George Coslovich, Pablo Marzano, Luis Rudenas and Diana Aguero

Argentina Bicentenary Reception

24 May 2016

Celebrating the Bicentenary of Argentina’s Independence and the 206th Anniversary of the May Revolution at Canberra’s iconic Albert Hall with the requisite tango dancing, Argentinian wine and the shorter version of their national anthem, it was an advantage to have  a little bit of knowledge of their history. We don’t though,  but a brief explanation of these two important events was ably handled by the’ newish’  Ambassador of Argentina Hugo Javier Gobbi .

Australians probably know more about Eva Peron, those handsome gauchos riding the pampas and the great slabs of protein they all consume with relish than the history, but tune in to a few bars of a familiar tango rhythm and we’ll be riveted to the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ entrants flipping their feet so precisely. It’s the sexiest dance of all and very difficult to learn. Trust me I’ve tried not just at home but in the salons of Buenos Aries, and have decided watching is a better idea.

But Argentina and particularly Buenos Aires is one for your bucket list. Don’t drink the mate tea though, which looks like sucking water through chaff, as your caffeine level will hit overdrive and you might just try to dance the tango as if no one is watching.