About the Project

Swinging Europe and Swinging Europe Network projects are financed by the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA) through the Creative Europe program.

Swinging Europe Network 2 (2022 – 2025)

The Swinging Europe Network consortium is being supported by the European Commission for a third consecutive project period. This time, representatives from 13 project partners from across 11 European countries will work together to support the swing dance and music sector in Europe.

The Swinging Europe Network 2 project has a threefold objective. The consortium strives to support professionals active in the swing dance and music sector – musicians, dancers, teachers, dance schools, event organisers, and content creators to stand on their feet again after the COVID19 crisis, as well as provide them with opportunities for international professional mobility.

Furthermore, the project aims to increase visibility, introduce and acquaint the general public with the swing dance (lindy hop) and swing music vast history, origins, cultural heritage, iconic figures and values, and with the vibrant community active across Europe.

Last but not least, the partners will work to establish the Swinging Europe Network as a means for professional development through relevant interaction of professionals across Europe.

Swinging Europe Network (2019 – 2021)

In 2019 the EACEA approved the second phase of the Swinging Europe project for the period 2019 -2021. This time the partnership is being led by Lindy Hop Bulgaria (BG) in cooperation with Marmaduke (ES), Italian Swing Dance Society (IT), Svingo Rojus (Lithuania) and LouisLou vzw (BE).

Swinging Europe Network project aims at developing the European swing music and dance sector by allowing the organizations acting in the sector to increase their skills and to adopt more professional approach to the development of their businesses and the sector in general.

It also foresees to give opportunities to swing musicians and dance performers to increase their visibility on the European scene and to collaborate with peers in other countries in order to reach opportunities for their further career development. Under the framework of the project, the five partners from Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Lithuania and Belgium will exchange their best practices and long-term experience in organizing swing events, workshops and festivals. The project activities will be implemented during two editions of five of the most recognized European swing music and dance festivals: Sofia Swing Dance Festival, Sevilla Swing Festival, Swing on the beach festival, Swing Paradise Festival and Up-side Down Festival.

The priority objective of the project is the establishment and the recognition of a professional Swinging Europe Network that will allow further strategic development and coordination of the swing sector in Europe.

Swinging Europe (2017 – 2019)

Swinging Europe was a project financed by the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA) through the Creative Europe program.

The main objective of the project was to improve the networking and the cooperation among artists and professionals by establishing a European Swing Network and providing opportunities for young swing musicians to develop their careers internationally.

The project was promoted by Marmaduke, a music agency based in Sevilla (Spain) in cooperation of ASD Italian Swing Dance Society (Italy), Lindy Hop Bulgaria EOOD (Bulgaria), Marckodrom (France).

The project included, among others, the following activities: the European swing fair and the Swinging Europe Web-Portal (swingingeurope.eu); a transnational swing mobility programme for swing artists and bands that took place in four European festivals: Sevilla Swing, Sofia Swing, Marckolswing, Swing on the beach.

The project started in July 2017 and ended in June 2019.

Swinging Europe Network Timeline

Swinging Europe (2017 – 2019)

Swinging Europe was a project financed by the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA) through the Creative Europe program. The main objective of the project was to improve the networking and the cooperation among artists and professionals by establishing a European Swing Network and providing opportunities for young swing musicians to develop their careers internationally. The project was promoted by Marmaduke, a music agency based in Sevilla (Spain) in cooperation of ASD Italian Swing Dance Society (Italy), Lindy Hop Bulgaria EOOD (Bulgaria), Marckodrom (France). The project included, among others, the following activities: the European swing fair and the Swinging Europe Web-Portal (swingingeurope.eu); a transnational swing mobility programme for swing artists and bands that took place in four European festivals: Sevilla Swing, Sofia Swing, Marckolswing, Swing on the beach. The project started in July 2017 and ended in June 2019.

Swinging Europe Network (2019 – 2021)

In 2019 the EACEA approved the second phase of the Swinging Europe project for the period 2019 -2021. This time the partnership is being led by Lindy Hop Bulgaria (BG) in cooperation with Marmaduke (ES), Italian Swing Dance Society (IT), Svingo Rojus (Lithuania) and LouisLou vzw (BE). Swinging Europe Network project aims at developing the European swing music and dance sector by allowing the organizations acting in the sector to increase their skills and to adopt more professional approach to the development of their businesses and the sector in general. It also foresees to give opportunities to swing musicians and dance performers to increase their visibility on the European scene and to collaborate with peers in other countries in order to reach opportunities for their further career development. Under the framework of the project, the five partners from Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Lithuania and Belgium will exchange their best practices and long-term experience in organizing swing events, workshops and festivals. The project activities will be implemented during two editions of five of the most recognized European swing music and dance festivals: Sofia Swing Dance FestivalSevilla Swing FestivalSwing on the beach festival, Swing Paradise Festival and Up-side Down Festival. The priority objective of the project is the establishment and the recognition of a professional Swinging Europe Network that will allow further strategic development and coordination of the swing sector in Europe.

Swinging Europe Network 2 (2022 – 2025)

The Swinging Europe Network consortium is being supported by the European Commission for a third consecutive project period. This time, representatives from 13 project partners from across 11 European countries will work together to support the swing dance and music sector in Europe. The Swinging Europe Network 2 project has a threefold objective. The consortium strives to support professionals active in the swing dance and music sector – musicians, dancers, teachers, dance schools, event organisers, and content creators to stand on their feet again after the COVID19 crisis, as well as provide them with opportunities for international professional mobility. Furthermore, the project aims to increase visibility, introduce and acquaint the general public with the swing dance (lindy hop) and swing music vast history, origins, cultural heritage, iconic figures and values, and with the vibrant community active across Europe. Last but not least, the partners will work to establish the Swinging Europe Network as a means for professional development through relevant interaction of professionals across Europe.