Latest update about CITF 2020 in response to Covid-19
Due to the current situation, we have taken the difficult and sad decision that we will be postponing the 2020 Cheltenham International Tango Festathon until 16th – 18th July 2021.
Our current plan is that we will have exactly the same programme as we would have had this year, but moved to the same weekend in 2021. We will of course update you on that as the situation across the world evolves.
If you had already booked for this year, we will email you over the next week or so. Please do not contact us about a refund until you have received this email.
If you hadn’t booked yet, but would like to support those who were due to teach or DJ for us, please read on.
The reasons we waited until now
We apologise that you have had to wait until now to find out what was happening with the festathon. As you can appreciate, there were several factors with which we had to deal before we could be certain that postponement was the correct option.
First Of course, we were hoping that the festathon would go ahead, but we now feel it is unlikely that this will be possible.
Second By this point in the planning process, the Town Hall was booked, flights were booked, hotels were booked and currency had been bought ready to pay the artists. If we were going to be able to offer a comprehensive package of refund options (below), we needed to wait to see what money we could reclaim first. Airlines, for example are operating on a seven day rolling programme of cancellations.
Third We wished to come up with a plan to help support the teachers and DJs who would have been working at our festathon. There is more about this below.
We feel very strongly that if we can do anything to support our teachers and DJs, then we would like to. As the virus spread across the world, the ability of tango teachers and DJs to earn their living rapidly disappeared. As yet, there is no indication that they will be able to start earning from tango again any time soon – possibly not for a long time.
So, we would ask you to consider the options below and we invite you to make a small donation to a fund we will then use to make some contribution to our artists to help mitigate the loss of our festathon from their calendar.
1. Carry your booking over until 2021
If you have paid, you don't need to do anything. We will hold your booking exactly as it is until next year.
If you haven't paid, we will hold your booking for the 2021 festathon and contact you some time in 2021 about payment.
2. Ask for a full refund
If you are not certain that you will be able to come next year or you would like your money back in the meantime, you are able to ask for a complete refund. Of course, you can do this at any time, even if you initially decide to carry your booking over.
We simply ask for your patience as we work our way through this process.
3. Make a contribution to the artists
As mentioned earlier, we would be delighted if you could help us to pay the artists something.
You are welcome to choose your own amount, but we feel an ideal amount would be between £20 and £50, to suit your own pocket. We hope to pay something to the two main teaching couples Michelle and Joachim, Sofia and Pablo, as well as the DJs.
Details about how to do this will be included in the email you receive.
If you have not made a booking, but would like to contribute to the artists, please send us a message through our contact page and we will be in touch to ask how much and tell you how to go about it.