This weekend Canberra comes alive to the sounds of big band swing, small group jazz, and hundreds of excited swing dancers buzzing with excitement, for CanberrÃ¤ng is upon us! Canberra’s Festival of Swing is in its fourth year and continues to attract visitors to Canberra from all over Australia and across the Tasman.
Everyone is welcome – there is loads of free stuff for dance afficionados, fans of the deco period, and live music for jazz and swing fans.
Check out the CanberrÃ¤ng website for a full program of events and costs.
Friday 4 August
8.00pmâ€“11.30 ~ Kick-off Dance with Palermo Express (Austrian-Australian Club, Mawson)
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Saturday 5 August
11.30amâ€“12.30pm ~ Lindy Bomb the City (Chess Pit, Garema Place)
2.00pmâ€“4.00pm ~ Swinging voters become swing dancers at Old Parliament House with Limelight
7.00pmâ€“11.30pm ~ Divine Dinner Dance with the Blamey Street Big Band (Southern Cross Club, Woden)
Sunday 6 August
11.30amâ€“12.30pm ~ Dancing in the sun at Kingston Bus Depot Markets
2.00pmâ€“4.00pm ~ Cinematic highlights from the swing era at the National Film and Sound Archive
CanberrÃ¤ng is organised by Jumptown ACT Swing Dance Society. For information on swing dancing classes, visit the Jumptown website