A message from Sofia Swing Dance Festival team

Last weekend, the 6th edition of Sofia Swing Dance Festival took place. As part of the Festival and the Swinging Europe Network project financed by the Creative Europe programme of the EU, the organizers held a very productive Discussion panel on the challenges of the swing dance community in times of Covid-19.

Here’s a message from the organiser’s team:

‘In times of trouble it is of great importance for people to stay together and be united in a way. With a lot of hard work and desire Sofia Swing Dance Festival Team did everything we could to make this year's event possible. We will allow ourselves to quote few of the participants and say that last weekend was indeed a necessity for our dancing society.

The dance floor is where we feel at home and that is why we invited you all at our home, so you can have it as your own and feel safe about it as well. We never thought that in order to organize a dance festival, we would have to organize PCR tests because of a global pandemic - Covid-19. That was quite challenging, but also needed for everyone's well being and comfort.

We are overwhelmed and full with many different emotions, but mainly grateful. Thank you all! Тhank you for trusting us and believing in this magic, without your support we wouldn't have made it through.’


European Swing Artists Contest 2020 is now open

The European Swing Artists Contest is part of the Swinging Europe Network project financed by the Creative Europe programme of the EU. It is the successor of the previously held Swinging Europe Music Contest.

The main objective of the Swinging Europe Network project is to further develop and increase the international mobility of swing artists in Europe. Therefore, it is building on the achieved results of the previous project by upgrading and extending the reach of the Contest to include not only musicians but also dance performers as well.

The project consortium wishes to continue enlarging the already existing catalogue of Swing artists by attracting more and more musicians and dance performers and so to create a reliable and consistent European Swing networking tool, which is to become a core reference point for every festival organizer.

The Contest is open to all European Swing musicians, bands, orchestras, musicians, dance performers and artists.

The participation is free of charge. All artists interested in taking part in the competition can register on the Swinging Europe Portal, complete their profile and upload a video of their best performance. Registrations can be made not only by individual performers such as singers or solo dancers but also by dancers in couples, bands, orchestras, etc. By uploading their video profiles in the Web portal, each participant will increase his/her visibility towards event promoters/organisers and towards possible collaborators in future.

Registration of participants is now open. Click here to register.

All participants registered before 15th of October this year will be taken into consideration for 2020 edition of the Contest.

Results will be announced by 15th of November 2020.

You can read all about the Contest and its Rules and conditions here.

Covid-19 and Swinging Europe Network project

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the extreme
situation all countries are facing in Europe we regret to inform the audience
that two of our partners’ events had to be postponed. These events are Swing
Paradise and Sevilla Swing festivals that were planned to take place in April
this year. We will keep you informed on the situation.

Meanwhile, we would like to express our support to the numerous jazz and swing musicians that are sharing their live stream performances during the shutdown. Starting off tonight with the daily live performance at SwingHouse – a great initiative that brings together finest Czech musicians during tough times.  

If you know of such live streams, let us know and we will
share them with our audience.

Swinging Europe Network kick-off meeting

We are off to a good start! An inspiring kick-off meeting took place on 3rd of October 2019 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria that marked the start of the second Swinging Europe Project. The partners from Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Lithuania and Belgium exchanged their ideas for the further development of the European swing dance and music scenes and set the timeline of the upcoming activities under the project. The meeting took place during the second edition of the Balkan Lindy Hop Championships that brought together more than 200 swing dancers from around the world to compete, dance and party under the live music of one of the finest European Swing bands – the Heart of Dixie.

Swinging Europe Project will go on!

The EACEA agency has approved the second phase of the Swinging Europe project for the period 2019 -2021. This time the partnership will be leaded by Lindy Hop Bulgaria (BG) in cooperation with Marmaduke (ES), Italian Swing Dance Society (IT), Svingo Rojus (Lithuania) and LouisLou vzw (BE). We come back after summer!

2nd edition of the European Swing Fair took place in Sofia

The second edition of the European Swing Fair took place in Sofia between the 29th and the 31st of May. 26 professionals coming from 15 European countries have been working for two days to push forward the European Swing Network, exchange management skills and model and increase business opportunities.

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 (www.sofiaswing.com)

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 (www.swingingeurope.eu)

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 caterina@marmaduke.info 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 (caterina@marmaduke.info), Georgi Evgeniev (evgeniev.georgi@gmail.com)

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!