Canberrang – Canberra’s Festival of Swing

Jumptown 25 July 2011

Canberrang 2011 – Swingin’ cities USA

Jazz, big band sounds and swing dancing take over the capital again with ‘Canberrang’: Canberra’s annual festival of swing, taking place from the 11th to the 14th of August.??Over 4 nights and 3 days, swing dancers from all over Australia (and overseas) will take to the streets of Canberra in a celebration of the jazz era. This year’s festival has a theme of ‘Swingin’ Cities USA!’ and will take us all on a journey though the jazz history of America’s pioneer cities with 10 amazing events and 60+ Jazz musicians performing over the weekend-long festival.


On Friday 12th August it’s Carnival time in Canberra as we celebrate the centuries old tradition of the New Orleans Mardi Gras at St. Johns Church Hall in Reid from 7:30pm. Dress bright and come enjoy the gumbo-jazz party with some of Canberra’s finest Jazz musicians and 2 fantastic jazz vocalists. A free dance class starts the evening at 7:30pm.

On Saturday 13th of August dancers will be swinging-it from 11am -12pm in Garema place (Chess Pit).

As Saturday evening falls, TWO big bandswill be going toe-to-toe in the Battle of the Big Bands at the Chicago themed ‘Mobsters Ball’ taking place at (New) Parliament House in the Great Hall at 7:30pm. Inspired by the old band battles from American dance halls, this night will see local big bands Blamey Street Big Band and Spectrum Big Band battle it out as ‘rum runners and flappers’ have their swinging shenanigans on the dance floor and get entertained with performances and a free dance class kicking off the night at 7:30pm.

Sunday afternoon 2- 4pm, finds New York style strolling into the ‘Deck Café @ Regatta Point’ with the John Black Trio keeping us hoppin’ like it’s Harlem and transporting us into a Jazzy New York state of mind.

For information on these and more live music dancing events visit ‘’ – or call 0412-127-168.?

Proudly Presented by local Swing Dance school Jumptown Swing.

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