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 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.

Partnership

Lindy Hop Bulgaria (Bulgaria) is the largest Bulgarian Swing Dance School and as its name suggests, it represents the culture and lifestyle of swing dancing. During its 6 years of existence, by teaching dance classes, organizing workshops and events and participating in numerous international festivals, the school has managed to develop a significant community devoted to cultivating a recognized standard on the Bulgarian scene. Lindy Hop Bulgaria activity is associated with numerous social projects, charitable initiatives and public acts. The organization is hosting the annual Sofia Swing Dance Festival (SSDF) with the participation of worldwide renowned names. Within its three-day program, it encompasses various dance workshops, live-band concerts, traditional competitions and social activities. The festival has been rapidly growing every year and became one of the European references in the sector.

Marmaduke (Spain) is a music booking agency based in Seville mainly focused in Jazz and Swing genres. While the company is more active in the south of Spain it promotes every year around hundred concerts and events all over Spain. Since 2013 is organizing the Sevilla Swing Festival. In 2016 got its first Creative Europe grant with “The Soundroutes” (soundroutes.eu) aimed at integrating refugees and migrant musicians in the artistic and local communities. Swinging Europe is its second European funded project.

Italian Swing Dance Society (Italy) is the promoter of the “Swing on the beach festival” and of the “LOT-Lindy Old Timers project”. The association carry out several activities like concerts and dance events production, entertainment activities about the culture of the ’30-’40-’50s, promotion and conservation of the Italian, European and American Swing, support to old protagonists of the Lindy Hop. The association is also committed in the promotion of emerging swing bands. The “Swing on the beach” festival takes place in Pescara, Italy and the surroundings.

Svingo rojus (Lithuania) activity is concentrated on organizing dance and music festivals, workshops and local classes in Vilnius, Lithuania. It organizes the international festival “Swing Paradise” that now has been running for 4 consecutive years, attracting more than 300 participants and musicians from all around Europe and other continents too. The organization is also engaged in creating a local swing dance community around the “What a Jazz” dance studio that organizes dance classes, parties and various activities both for adults and kids. Finally, it puts together different workshops and competition events such as the annual events: “30 second showcase” and “Lindy Hop Classic Couples” where local students and guests from abroad are encouraged to showcase their creativity and dancing skills.

LouisLou (Belgium) is actively engaged in promoting and creating a support base for the development and distribution of swing. For this, LouisLou organizes and supports numerous projects, training courses and exchange projects. They strive to offer people of all ages and target groups the opportunity to develop themselves on an artistic and socio-cultural level by means of organizing dance and music activities. Their operations are regional, national and international. The regular activities of LouisLou are: spreading swing culture in the EU trough offering top instructors at international dance festivals, coachings and support for dancers, workshops in schools and institutions, providing artistic content for events, incentives and festivals, from live music, to Dj’s, performers, dance warm up to tailored jazz activities, organizing and providing lectures about jazz and swing dance. Some of the festivals and events hosted by the organization  are: Big City Blues, Upside Down, Boogie Village etc.

Marckodrom (France) is a cultural and artistic association based in Marckolsheim, central Alsace region, France. The aim of the association is the promotion of local artists within and beyond the region with a special focus on Jazz music. Since 11 years the Marckodrom organizes the “Marckolswing ! International Classic Jazz Festival”. Another important activity of the association is “Les Vendredis du Jazz”, a Jazz event dedicated to no-professional jazz musicians.