Bratislava Lindy Exchange

'Be Crazy, Stay Classy!'
7-9.10.2022

About the Event


We are back!

After a two years break Bratislava will become a city full of swing again. We were planning, brainstorming ideas for our big small event for two years and now we are ready to share them with you! Let's meet, dance and chat the second weekend in October in our beautiful city.

What to look forward to?

Music

4 live bands in 3 days with experienced DJs in their breaks, which are not gonna let you sit in the corner and of course Big Band battle on Friday at beautiful venue Old Market.

Tasters class

Because we are Exchange there aren’t any classes during the day, but you can enjoy taster class before every party with young rising stars of the swing dance community.

Other activities

On Saturday we have prepared talk about vintage fashion and how we can be inspired by it. On Sunday you can look forward to a very good lunch and coffee in the most lovely cafe in Bratislava.

We cannot promise pleasant autumn weather, but our enthusiastic organizing team will do everything in their power to make you enjoy the event! And all this in a city full of cafes, pubs and businesses with excellent food and even better drinks

15+

Hours

Of dancing

7+

Hours

Of live music

200+

Feet

At the dance floor

Schedule


October 7, 2022
07:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Veľký tanečný večer - Big Band Battle
Bratislava Hot Serenaders (SK) & Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers (CZ) -
Taster Class: B-Swing teachers Janči and Hanka
Venue:
Old Market
Námestie SNP

Friday’s Big Band Battle will start at 7:30 p.m. in the building of Old Market located at Námestie SNP. You will be enjoying the battle of Bratislava Hot Serenaders and Ondrej Havelka & his Melody Makers. They will be playing until midnight and afterwards we will move to Metropol Bar at Americké Námestie for afterparty (DJ TBA)


Bratislava Hot Serenaders (SK) and Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers (CZ) Big Band battle of two big big bands that Czech and Slovakia has to offer. Follow us on a journey to the music 1920s-40s in Central Europe and America. Besides swinging to quality American big-band music, there will be opportunities to enjoy Peabody or Charleston to the authentic arrangements played in this part of Europe back in the days. (The evening party is part of the public event “Veľký tanečný večer”). The evening will start with a taster class with our local teachers from B-Swing :).


Taster class: Peabody, One-Step, Breakaway

Hanka is a professional musician, Janči is a professional dancer. This connection brings unrestrained creative energy, dynamics, extra emphasis on musicality without losing the precision of movement on the dancefloor. At their class you will be able to try the dances that preceded swing. Dances that go hand in hand with ragtime music and early jazz. This lesson will enrich the repertoire of each Lindy Hopper and at the same time helps to all who are still at the beginning of their dance journey.

00:00 a.m. - 03:00 a.m.
Afterparty
DJs
Venue:
Metropol Bar
Americké Námestie

Afterparty in our favourite bar with great DJs.

October 8, 2022
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
How to vintage talk with Borka and Matúš
Venue:
Metropol Bar
Americké Námestie

For everyone who decided to buy the Full Pass we prepared an interesting program.


Practical talk about vintage clothing during the swing era, with our enthusiasts for vintage fashion Borka and Matúš. We will get into dressing styles for both men and women and in the end we will have some practical tips and tricks on how to create your vintage inspired outfit with limited resources :).

from 7:30 p.m.
Party
Trying to be a good man -
Taster Class: Janča and Marek
Venue:
Kamel Klub(Karloveské Centrum Kultúry)
Molecova 2, 841 04 Karlova Ves

Saturday party will start at 8 p.m. with a couple taster class (Janca and Marek(CZ)). There will be a special band Trying to be a good man from Brno with vibraphone with the one and only band leader Janek Čarek.


What can you expect in detail from Saturday night?

  • from 8 p.m. taster class (Janca and Marek(CZ))
  • from 9 p.m. Trying to be a good man (CZ)
  • at 9:40 p.m. the prelims and at 00:00 finals of Mix and Match Competition
  • Photo Corner
  • Vintage corner with By Ili, Swing It, Náušky od Dášky
  • dancing until late night/ early morning

October 9, 2022
from 12:00 p.m.
Lunch, coffee and dance
Venue:
Lodenica Caffe
Karloveské rameno 1, 841 04 Karlova Ves

For Sunday, we prepared a chill out lunch. Come and have a nice meal, chat with friends, have a coffee and cake, or just enjoy the atmosphere with a glass of wine and a dance.

08:00 p.m. - 02:00 a.m.
Farewell Party
LAM Trio -
Taster Class: Justa and Lukas
Venue:
Metropol Bar
Americké Námestie

The Sunday Farewell party will be located at Metropol Bar at Americké Námestie. We will enjoy this evening with the band LAM trio. We will start with a taster (teacher TBA). Afterwards we will dance until we drop :)

Lukas and Justa is a couple from Vilnius who's been in swing scene dancing lindy hop for over a decade and can do anything from east coast to LA styles.From the first glance they seem shy and timid but these guys will show you some killer moves where you've never seen before to surprise your partner at the dance floor.

Performers


  • Ondřej Havelka & his Melody Makers

    (CZ)

    Bratislava Hot Serenaders

    (SK)

    LAM Trio

    (CZ)

    Trying to be a good man

    (CZ)

  • Janča & Marek

    (CZ)

    Lukas & Justa

    (LT)

    Janči & Hanka

    (SK)

    DJ Štěpán

    (CZ)

Ondřej Havelka & his Melody Makers
(CZ)
Authentic sound, old-time's stylization and an attractive show full of sight and great musical performances will bring you to the early 30's to early 40's. The repertoire of the 15-member orchestra is truly varied, sweet jazz, hot jazz, from Hollywood musicals to the performances of great swing big-bands.
Bratislava Hot Serenaders
(SK)
The Bratislava Hot Serenaders orchestra belongs to the list of the few strictly “early jazz” oriented bands in the world. The band’s 20 enthusiastic musicians have played together without interruption since the formation of the group in season 1991/1992. Their playing adheres to the sound, style, and feel of such orchestra’s as Paul Whiteman, Jean Goldkette, and Duke Ellington, in addition to featuring Czech, Slovak, and other European classic jazz tunes of the period. The Bratislava hot Serenaders are well established outside of Slovakia.
LAM Trio
(CZ)
This swing trio from Frenštát pod Radhoštěm cannot be missed at our event. Don't be alarmed that there are only three of them. With their relaxed speech and great music, they will accompany the farewell Sunday party and believe us, you won't get enough of them as much as we do!
Trying to be a good man
(CZ)
From the cooperation of two Brno matadors Petr Pospíšil (The 6 Fireballs, Halremania, Swingfonix) and Janek Čarek (Heart of Dixie, Django Jet), a new project made especially for dancers was born. Multi -instrumentalist Pospíšil took a hypnotizing vibraphone in the band. The core of the repertoire logically consists of the famous hits of the sextet of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, which is complemented by less featured gems of Artie Shaw and other stars of the Swing era. Top instrumentalists and great arranges will guarantee an evening full of fresh dance music that will not let any Lindyhopper sit in the corner.
Janča & Marek
(CZ)
This dynamic duo from Brno has everything! They are passionate, they are all over the place, and if you see someone flying in the air, it will probably be Janča. Their classes are energetic and packed with information. Do not miss the taster because you have to experience this!
Lukas & Justa
(LT)
Lukas and Justa is a couple from Vilnius who's been in swing scene dancing lindy hop for over a decade and can do anything from east coast to LA styles.From the first glance they seem shy and timid but these guys will show you some killer moves where you've never seen before to surprise your partner at the dance floor.
Janči & Hanka
(SK)
Hanka is a professional musician, Janči is a professional dancer. This connection brings unrestrained creative energy, dynamics, extra emphasis on musicality without losing the precision of movement on the dancefloor. At their class you will be able to try the dances that preceded swing. Dances that go hand in hand with ragtime music and early jazz. This lesson will enrich the repertoire of each Lindy Hopper and at the same time helps to all who are still at the beginning of their dance journey.
DJ Štěpán
(CZ)
Štěpán grew up on jazz and from tap dancing he got into the swing. He is in the very heart of Prague swing scene and you can meet him at the classes, socials or as a DJ or teacher at the swing festivals. How to recognize him? He usually imitates a variety of sounds and his feet never rest.

Registration


Full Pass

65 €
všetky 3 dni / all 3 days

Sobota/Saturday

25 €
iba párty / only party

Nedeľa/Sunday

15 €
iba párty / only party
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FAQ


I didn’t get any mail, what should I do?
Write us to info@blex.sk. We will check what went wrong and give you all the needed information.
What do I get in Friday ticket for Veľký tanečný večer - Big Band Battle? (Full pass only)
As a part of full pass you’ll get ticket to Fridays Veľký tanečný večer with Bratislava Hot Serenaders and Ondrej Havelka & his Melody Makers// With the ticket you get place at the table on the balcony and, of course, entrance to the dance floor, where you can enjoy both Big bands.
What if the event will be cancelled due to the pandemic situation?
If the event is canceled due to adverse pandemic developments, we will refund 100% of each ticket payment received.
Will we dance in masks?
Safety is our number one priority and that is why we ask all participants to respect the regulations of the Slovak Ministry of Healthcare. So far the situation is free and masks are not mandatory, but the situation can change. We hope that we will enjoy our event safely and without masks :)
I bought ticket but can not attend. What should I do?
We reccomend selling the pass. After selling of the ticket we need both seller and buyer to contact us via mail info@blex.sk. Selling a ticket 24 hours or less before the event is not possible.

Contact


Don't hesitate to contact us with any question

Email

info@blex.sk

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