Next Swinging Europe Fair in Sofia

Dear colleagues,

We are glad to invite you to the Second European Swing Fair that will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria the 29th and 30th of May in the framework of the 5th edition of the Sofia Swing Dance Festival (

Sofia Swing Dance Festival is organized by Lindy Hop Bulgaria, the largest swing dance school in the country, founded in 2009. Since then Lindy Hop Bulgaria has been dedicated to develop the swing culture among the newly born Bulgarian swing dance scene by organizing various events related to swing music and dancing.

In 2017 the booking agency from Spain – Marmaduke, specialised in Jazz and Swing, as a lead partner of an international consortium together with Lindy Hop Bulgaria, Markodrom and ASD Italian Swing Dance Society, was awarded a grant by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission for a project called Swinging Europe (

One of the aims of the project is to build a professional cooperation among different actors in the swing sector by establishing the European Swing Network.

While in the Jazz scene there are several opportunities available for professionals and artists to meet and exchange practices, this is still not true for the swing scene despite the audience’s growing interest for this genre. Our ambition is indeed to create a new space where artists, festival organisers and agents can meet and cooperate.

In this context we are very glad to invite you to take part to the second European Swing Fair that will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria the 29th and 30th of May.

This is a provisional general schedule for the meeting, a final and detailed programme will be circulated by the end of March:

29th of May: 14.00 Presentation of the participants, exchange of experiences, needs and skills

29th of May (Night): Swing party / Swinging Europe concert

30th of May: 9.30 Focus on Swing event's management

30th of May: 140.00 Session resulting from the participants' proposal (see the application form)

30th of May (night): Swinging Europe concert

Travel, accommodation for two nights and food costs during the fair will be fully reimbursed for one representative of your entity.

We kindly request you to confirm your participation by the 15th of March by filling and sending the application form to so that we can better organize the logistics as well as to make available this opportunity to other colleagues in case you are not able to join.

Lindy Hop Bulgaria & Marmaduke on behalf of the Swinging Europe project.

For more information: Caterina Amicucci (, Georgi Evgeniev (

Online contest results

Swinging Europe contest's jury is glad to announce the results of the contest.

Warmly thanking all the 42 participants for joining the competition and recognizing the great level of all the bands and artists the jury decided to equally assign the four prizes to the following swing bands:

  • Bratislava Hot Serenaders
  • Dómisol Sisters
  • Kind of Dukish
  • Reverent Juke

The winning bands will perform in the following festivals:

Congratulation to all the winners!

Next European Swing Fair in Sofia

Swinging Europe is glad to communicate that the next European Swing Fair will take place in Sofia the 28th and 29th of May in the framework of Sofia Swing Festival.

More details coming soon.

Save the dates and don't miss it!

The online contest is now open for entries!

European Swing Online Music Contest
The Swinging Europe Music Contest is open to all the European Swing musicians, bands and singers from European Union countries. The contest is part of the Swinging Europe project financed by the Creative Europe programme. The contest aims at contributing to one of the main project’s goal which is increasing the international mobility of swing musicians.

The participation is free of charge. The artists and band interested in taking part to the competition can just register on the Swinging Europe Portal, complete their profile and upload a video of their best song.

The contest will assign four prizes. One of them will be specifically dedicated to Manouche genre.

The winning bands/artists will be awarded of 3000 Euro gross to perform in one of the next editions of the Festival Marckolswing (France), Seville Swing Festival (Spain), Sofia Swing (Bulgaria) and Swing on the Beach (Italy).

The deadline for the entries is the 31st of October 2018.

Apply now!

Zazoo Magazine is out

In the framework of the VI Sevilla Swing festival we present you the first bilingual magazine (English-Spanish) about European Swing culture, which is called ZAZOO! A place which reflects swing music and dance but also other topics as well -politics, literature, sociology, gender- in order to make us reconsider our cultural identity.
This is the first publication, which will be available for purchase in the Sevilla Swing Festival, including reputable brands such as Manuel Recio, Marta Caballero, Chema García Martínez and Fernando Mansilla, along with an interview with the band Dizzy Birds and the wonderful design graphic by Zazou Zah.

First European Swing Fair in Seville

Thursday 5th of April – h 9.30 – Convento Santa Clara, Seville

9.30 Welcome remarks by the Municipality
ICAS (Instituto de culturas y de las artes de Sevilla)
10.00 Presentation of the fair and the Sevillaswing Festival
Ivan Pivotti (Marmaduke)
10.30 Coffee Break
11.00 Exchange of experiences.
Each festival/company/organization will have 10 minutes to present and share with the group its activities, methodologies, collaborations, present and future challenges.
Discussion on the added values and potentialities of the European Swing Network
13.30 Presentation of the Zazoo magazine
Marcos Padilla (O’sister!)
14.00 Lunch
15.30 Presentation of the European Swing Portal
Caterina Amicucci (Marmaduke)
16.00 The swing in our time, music & dance – Open discussion
Swing Music comes from the ’20-’30 of the last century. Why is our interest focused on this style now, after almost 100 years? What’s the reason of this revival in our times? Several bands are playing swing music all over the world during the last decade at least. They are influenced by different bands from the past with an eye on modern music. What are the influences from the past and what the innovations of the music they create? Is there room for professionalization of those new band with old repertoire? What are the challenges and the opportunities of the Swing music sector? What kind of systematic events are organized at European level (dance concerts, clandestinos, ecc)? Are there any difference between south and north of Europe? Functioning of the schools and different swing style. What are the challenges and the opportunities of the Swing music sector?
Kick off contributions: Samuel Rigal (Sevilla Swing Dance), Joseph Sewell (JiveSwing), Ivan Pivotti (Marmaduke), Camilo Bosso (O’sister!), Maurizio Meterangelo (Swing on the Beach/ Billy Bros Swing Orchestra)
19.00 Aperitive and bilateral chat
21.00 Sevillaswing Festival opening: Concert of Tamal
In the Sala Chicarreros Plaza San Francisco 1
22.30 Dinner