Once again, hundreds of accordion and tango lovers from all over the world will be coming to Victoria, British Columbia for another world-class event. In 2017, after running for 11 years one of the largest accordion festivals in North America, the Victoria International Accordion Festival, our team made the bold move to expand the Festival by changing dates, concept and name to become the World Accordion and Tango Festival. This year’s Festival will be held from November 10 to 18, 2018.
As part of the Festival, Victoria and Oak Bay will be hosting the 68th Trophée Mondial, also known as the World Accordion Championships. This amazing event is held every year in a different country and this will be the first time ever in Canada. The BC Accordion and Tango Society was successful with the bid and granted the honour to host the Trophée Mondial in Victoria, largely due to the huge success of the Coupe Mondiale 2013 (Accordion Olympics) hosted by Victoria five years ago.
From November 10 to 15, 2018 the world's best accordion soloists and ensembles will demonstrate their amazing talents and compete for prestigious prizes. The evening concerts will showcase some fantastic performances. The Gala Opening Concert on Nov 11 at the Dave Dunnet Theatre will feature some of the most accomplished international accordion performers and previous winners of the Trophée Mondial collaborating with the Civic Orchestra of Victoria. During the World Accordion Conference, major international accordion manufacturers and vendors and industry professionals will exhibit their instruments, present numerous workshops and explore opportunities for expanding their businesses in British Columbia. The delegates from all over the world will be discussing the current and future ideas and initiatives.
During the second Festival weekend (Nov. 16-18), the program will shift to tango music for another three days of world-class performances by some of the most recognized and accomplished international tango musicians and dance couples who will present their skills in workshops, dance lessons and famous milongas.
We sincerely welcome you to another true celebration of accordion and tango music in Victoria!