The festival exists of workshops, the tango-café and the milongas. There is a possibility to follow workshops from the Argentinian maestro's. Every afternoon from 16 till 20 hour there is a tango-café at which people can dance on the music of a dj. In the evenings from 22 till 1 or 3 o'clock there are milonga's with performances of the Maestro's. With most of the time live-music. The music-style is traditional tango; no fusion or neo-tango. Every-day there is a "after-party" from 3 till 7 so that the Dutch visitors have the opportunity to go back home by train. Lots of visitors return every year. For some visitors this is a good alternative for a visit to the Mekka of tango; Buenos Aires. The entrance is limited to a few hundred visitors. Most of them come to dance, only a few are just watching.
In 2013, in cooperation with the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, there is one evening where non-dancers can visit the festival. During the concert of Sexteto Silencio, there is an opportunity to enjoy the music. The concert is promoted by the Muziekgebouw.
In 2005 they used "Crea" for the workshops, "Muziekgebouw aan het IJ", "De Duif" (a church) and "Hotel Arena" for the milonga's. In previous years they also used the Beurs van Berlage and "Meervaart".
In 2013, the festival starts in "De Kompaszaal" and has a main evening in "Het Muziekgebouw aan het IJ". The heart of the festival is "Dansmakers aan het IJ" in the former Kromhout factory. The last evening will be in "De Duif"
Visitors come from countries like: Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Canada, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Argentina, Colombia and possibly more. A quarter of the visitors are Dutch. The conversation language is English.
In 1997 was the first Tangomagia festival.