Perhaps the most ambitious feature we've ever posted here at Metrodiversity, we've taken excerpts of information about Daniel Manzoni, Director of Washington's 'Festival Argentino' and interspersed them with a recent interview of the community leader. Manzoni's achievement with the Argentine Festival, keeping it alive, growing and improving it for close to 30 years is quite a feat. Here we skip back and forth in time to provide our readership with the sense and flavor of this remarkable local cultural organizer.
"He is sitting in his cramped home office in Alexandria a few days before the festival surrounded by his books of sociology, self-help and epic poetry; a volume of Eva Peron photos; snapshots of his late parents back in Mar del Plata, and of himself as a tall, long-haired soccer star. While he waits, he unpacks the golden trophies he will award the tango artists and those who win a tournament of truco, an Argentine card game. The trophies are wrapped in an Argentine newspaper from his annual December prospecting trip in search of artists and supplies. He triple-checks his spreadsheet detailing where the dancers, crooners and musicians will stay, and who will pick them up from the airport and deliver them to the festival."