Events

Canberräng 2017

Jumptown Swing cordially invites you to attend Canberräng from the 3rd to the 6th of August 2017 for an around the world adventure which will dazzle you with the delights of swinging across the seven seas! Canberräng is Canberra’s Festival of Swing, one of Australia’s longest running and most loved lindy exchanges.

We look forward to sharing the pleasure of your company as we revisit the heyday of the Orient Express and we dance our way around the globe. Get ready to pack your dancing shoes and collect your first class tickets for this hugely popular four day lindy exchange!

Thursday 3 August

Barrel Rolls on the Bund

The epic swing dance voyage that is Canberräng 2017 kicks off at one of the most important ports of the world: Shanghai! We might be in the heart of Canberra but our hearts are on The Bund as 5th Avenue start this swing dance exchange in superb style.

Venue: Canberra Museum and Gallery Foyer, London Circuit, Canberra City
Band:  5th Avenue (Canberra)
Time: 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Price: Included in Gold pass | $25 at the door
Floor: Wooden
Catering: TBC

Friday 4 August

London Calling

London + Lindy = Lovely! Australia’s own Albert Hall will be transformed into London’s Royal Albert Hall for this swinging celebration of vintage dance. Dress in your vintage best for an extraordinary evening of fabulous live music by McQuaid’s Savoy Four featuring Sandra Talty.

Venue: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla
Band:  Mike McQuaid‘s Savoy Four featuring Sandra Talty (Melbourne)
Time: 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Price: Included in Gold pass | $45 online and at the door
Floor: Wooden, sprung
Catering: TBC

Moroccan Magnificence

The first Canberräng afterparty for 2017 is set in the colour and bustle of a Moroccan souk. Prepare for your senses to be dazzled as we dance away the wee hours!

Venue: White Eagle Polish Club, Turner
Band: Jessie Gordon (Perth)
Time: 11:59pm to 4:30am-ish
Price: Included in Gold pass | $25 at the door
Catering: BYO drinks. Savoury and sweet treats provided to keep you powered up and dancing through the night.

Saturday 5 August

Midmorning in Moscow

The famous song might be Midnight in Moscow but given the time difference, it’s been shifted a tad! The brisk morning winter air will make it feel like a Moscow morning as we wow the crowds at this huge lindy bomb.

Venue: Garema Place, The Chesspit off Bunda Street, Civic
Band:  CBR Big Band (Canberra)
Time: 11am to 12pm
Price: FREE
Floor: Concrete (outdoors)
Catering: Plenty of cafés very close by.

The Canberräng Flying Machine

Oh, what a thing of wonder and beauty the Canberräng Flying Machine is! In this sensational airship we can travel around the world in 80 hours instead of 80 days – Phileas Fogg and Passepartout would have given anything to board with us. Created in the visionary scientific era of Sputnik, the Shine Dome is a truly iconic landmark of the national capital and it’s the perfect venue for this steampunk inspired swing dance event.

Venue: Jaeger Room, Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton
Band:  The Jessie Gordon Jazz Band
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Price: Included in Gold pass | $30 at the door
Catering: TBC

Venetian Masquerade Ball

Next stop on our remarkable voyage is vintage Venice where we get to enjoy the brilliance and fun of a masquerade ball. Dress as fancy as you like and don’t forget a mask to really get into the swing of things! This event is always a major highlight of the Canberra swing dancing calendar so don’t miss out.

Venue: The National Film and Sound Archive, 1 McCoy Circuit ,Acton
Band:  Sara Jeanne and the City Gents (Sydney)
Time: 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Price: Included in Gold pass | $45 online and at the door
Floor: Sprung wooden floor
Catering: Bar and café at venue, no BYO.

Anchors Away!

Replace the tap-dancing in Cole Porter’s ocean liner classic Anything Goes with swing dancing and you’ll be on board with this spectacular seafaring event! Join us as we steam across the Atlantic and into New York Harbour, dancing from midnight to the early hours of the morning.

Venue: White Eagle Polish Club, Turner
Band:  Jonno Zilber (Mackay) and Sean Loughran (Melbourne)
Time: 11:59pm to 4:30am-ish
Price: Included in Gold pass | $25 at the door
Catering: BYO drinks. Savoury and sweet treats provided to keep you powered up and dancing through the night.

Sunday 6 August

Come Fly With Me

Destination: Cuba! Head to the 1930s heyday of the Havana high life. Dress for the beach, put a flower in your hair, and wear something bold and bright as we glide, starry-eyed, to the stunning Caribbean.

Venue: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Music: Top Swing and Lindy Hop DJs
Time: 11am to 12pm
Price: FREE
Floor: Concrete
Catering: There is great coffee and food at the markets, or save lunch for the Winery as they have delicious wood fired pizza to buy.

Buses to the winery: If you purchase a bus ticket, our charter buses will depart from the Old Bus Depot Markets at 1pm and will return here at about 5:40pm.

Ooh La La

The beautiful wine regions of France – Bordeaux, Beaujolais and Burgundy, to name but a few! – will be our next destination on the Canberräng 2017 itinerary. Enjoy the stunning setting amongst the vineyards and dance the afternoon away to the Dan McLean Hot Six featuring Jessie Gordon at our swinging French rendezvous!

Venue: Lake George Winery, Federal Highway, Lake George
Band: The Dan McLean Hot Six (Canberra) featuring Jessie Gordon (Perth)
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Price: Included in Gold pass | $40 online or at the door
Floor: Wooden, naturally sprung
Catering: Bar service and amazing wood fired pizza – please support the venue. No BYO. The winery will be lighting up their wood-fired pizza ovens and will be serving pizzas from 12pm. If you’re making your own way to the winery, you might wish to arrive a little earlier and enjoy a pizza and a glass of wine before the dancing starts.
Transport: Don’t forget you need to book your bus ticket this year if you’d like a return seat on one of our chartered buses for this event.

Buses from the winery will depart at 5:00pm and drop-off at the Bus Depot Markets at approximately 5:40pm.

Great Southern Land

Give me a home among the gum trees… Yes, it’s time to return to Australia and revel in the beauty of this Great Southern Land! Grab a beer at the bar and dance with your mates at the tenth and last event for Canberräng 2017.

Venue: The Loft upstairs at The Duxton, corner Macpherson and Sargood Streets, O’Connor
Music: Top Swing and Lindy Hop DJs
Time: 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Price: Included in Gold pass | $20 at the door
Floor: Wooden, naturally sprung
Catering: Please support this venue by buying your food and drink upstairs at the Loft’s bar.