Canberra’s biggest swing dancing event is running from 5-8 August 2010 – Canberräng 2010: A Swing Odyssey. This annual event staged by Jumptown Swing has a space theme this year and will draw together swing dancers and music lovers from across Australia and around the world for 10 separate dance events, live jazz bands, Australia’s top swing DJs, performances, public demonstrations, with a highlight being a gala ball at Parliament House!
Jazz enthusiasts will be delighted by live music from some of the best big bands, swing ensembles and blues bands from Canberra and interstate. Local venues around Canberra will be hopping to the swinging rhythms of the 20s, 30s and 40s.
Canberräng Main Events
- Blast Off – Launch Party (Thursday 5 August, 8-11pm) – Tilley’s Devine Cafe in Lyneham.
- Black Hole Ball (Friday 6 August 7:30pm-midnight) – Albert Hall $30 – dancers from all over Australia will be orbiting the magnificent 1920s dance floor to the swingin’ tunes of Spectrum Big Band.
- A Night with the Stars Ball (Saturday 7 August 8pm-midnight) – Parliament House $45 – come along and enjoy the Odyssey All-Stars, consisting of some of Canberra’s top musicians bought together especially to make Parliament House’s Great Hall swing like never before.
- Close Encounters of the Cosmic Kind (Sunday 8 August 2-4pm) – The Deck @ Regatta Point $25 – enjoy an afternoon of jazz featuring the unique talents of Pugsley Buzzard – a piano player, beatnik and vaudevillian surrealist who describes himself as a ‘grisly bear in a porkpie hat rummaging through a piano.’ All to be enjoyed at one of Canberra’s premier venues offering stunning views of the lake and Parliamentary Triangle.
Canberräng 2010 also includes two free demonstration events. Everyone is invited to come along and watch some swing dancing, or join in if they like. These free public dances are at Garema Place (7 August, 11am) and the Old Bus Depot Markets (8 August, 11.30am).
The name “Canberräng” is a twist on Herräng, a town in Sweden, which every year over four weeks hosts the biggest swing dance camp in the world. If you can’t make it to Herräng come to the next best thing, Canberräng!