Towards a more Sustainable European Swing Dance & Music Scene

Over the last years, “Sustainable development” has been popping up across all thinkable sectors, in various forms and shapes. And rightly so, as our world is undergoing a series of changes that has impacted and will impact the planet, people’s lives and society as a whole for the foreseeable future. With the Sustainability Strategy and the Sustainability Charter, Swinging Europe delivers two action-oriented documents for the scene to survive and thrive.

The pathway towards a more sustainable world calls for an effort from all actors – big and small organisations alike – to take action for a more sustainable environment. The topic itself is interconnected, with issues relating to the ecological, social and economic sphere. Hence, sustainable development poses interdisciplinary challenges, but also offers a huge growth potential for the community:  A sustainable Swing dance & music scene provides to the needs of everyone involved, has a positive impact on the whole society, and ensures a liveable society and planet for future generations.

In that light, the thirteen partners of the Swinging Europe Network have taken up the responsibility to create a Sustainability Strategy and a Sustainability Charter for the European Swing scene and beyond, a project co-funded by the Creative European programme of the European Commission.  As far as we know, this is the first consolidated effort within the scene.

This Sustainability Strategy offers a framework and guidance document to explore sustainability in its broadest sense, based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Encompassing social (“people”), ecological (“planet”), economical (“prosperity” and interconnected (“peace and partnership”) aspects, the Strategy formulates 21 goals relevant to the sector. Each goal is illustrated with a non-exhaustive list of concrete actions and good practices, for different groups of stakeholders such as organizers and community members.

The Sustainability Charter invites actors, in particular organizing entities within the swing dance and music scene, to engage with and commit to relevant goals and actions, presented in a customizable sliding scale format. It serves as a practical tool with over 100 actions that include, but are not limited to environmental and climate protection; gender equality, inclusion, diversity and appreciation for cultural heritage; safer and thriving work environments for the artistic and business development of swing artists and organizations; fruitful collaborations and peaceful partnerships.

Both documents are now freely accessible online: