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Stockholm Blues Fest 2023

3-6 June

An extra-long weekend of inspiring workshops with international blues teachers, late-night blues parties, and plenty of time for connection on and off the dance floor! June 3rd-6th we return for the fourth time to the beautiful Tvetagården hostel on the outskirts of Stockholm.

Forget about the outside world for a while…

A warm WELCOME to Swedish Swing Society’s annual Stockholm Blues Fest – 2023!

Dance nights and parties

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, all three nights with great live musicians, all with dancing until late!

An after party will take place on Sunday evening in Stockholm, which is included in workshop price. More details for all evenings will be presented separately.

Workshops and skillshare

Workshops & Skillshare

There will be a variety of optional workshops and skillshares. Are you interested in holding your own skills-share or workshop? We can give you the time and space to do so. Don’t have to make your mind up now, just let us know when you arrive.

Venue

Tvetagården is a family run hostel surrounded by nature south of Stockholm, short bus ride from Södertälje. The houses are surrounded by…

  • A huge grassy area where you can pitch your tent and hang out have a picnic or sunbathe. When it’s mealtime, you head to…
  • The dining hall, right next to a beautiful lake, and when the weather is nice, which it’s been every single year, it’s lovely to eat outside. In the same building, you can also find…
  • The Sauna is open NON STOP to give you some helpful inner warmth for that night dip you might take after leaving our…
  • Two dance floors where the classes and parties take place. Here you can also find…
  • Our café, filled to the brim with fika and a pillow corner that seems grow larger every year.

Homepage for Tvetagården: http://tvetagarden.nu/

Accomodation

The hostel rooms have between 3 and 6 beds.

There will be an online spreadsheet for camp participants to organize room sharing.

We highly recommend that you bring your own bed sheets, but if you want to hire bed linen at an extra cost, we will provide details about how to pay for this option closer to the event, as it is arranged directly with the hostel.

Are you travelling from far away and want to save some space in your bag and some money? Ask our friendly locals (via the facebook event) if they can lend you a bedsheet or two.

Campers have a separate shower/toilet facility accessible all night.

Join us in exploring a few of the more popular and well-known Blues Dance styles and in appreciating this music and cultural art form.

We offer both solo and partnered Blues dance course.

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Volunteers

While we expect everybody to help out during the camp, there are a few tasks that need a little extra attention. We are seeking volunteers in exchange for meals and access to the parties, skillshare activities and 50% of the classes.

Since hostel beds is our biggest limiting factor, we are mainly searching for volunteers who are willing to camp. There will be some indoor mattresses, but volunteers with tents will be prioritized.

During the camp you should expect up to 8 hours of work every day. We will make sure that you can attend 50% of the classes undisturbed, but we cannot guarantee that you will be able to choose which of the classes you go to. Even if every one of you will be assigned a specific area of responsibility we hope you are flexible and can jump in if and where it is needed. It is also important that you are available during the whole camp.

Builder Hulks, which means starting early Thursday and finishing Sunday evening. You help with the set up and tear down of the camp. You’re first to come on Thursday and last to leave on Sunday but you have a little more free time during the camp. You will also help to prepare a lighter snack between classes one of the days.
Breakfast elves wake up early and make sure the breakfast is prepared, served and cleaned away every day. After dinner you take part in the set up of the evening café and help with snacks between classes. You also keep track of how much food is left and follow along on shopping trips to resupply when needed.

Café trolls take care of the café and manage the café helpers. During daytime, you will prepare lighter snacks for the breaks between classes. In the evenings you will make sure the café helpers know what to do, and also be responsible for either setting up or closing the café.

Kitchen heroes assist the chef with the meals. You should be comfortable working in a group. You will cut, stir, carry and serve. It is really important that you are good at being on time and working in a fast tempo.

Code of Conduct

Stockholm Blues retreat is a special event as we all eat, sleep, socialize and dance in the same space.

The community is a very important part of this event and we all help each other make this event enjoyable and safe for everyone. I agree to help out with the duties I sign up for.

As we all eat together I am aware that there are people with allergies and I will do my best to avoid crosscontamination of food and will follow instructions of the organizers and volunteers.

I understand that people have different needs and that anyone can need time alone. I am free to seek alone time as well.

Swedish Swing Society

Vi är en förening som brinner för allt som har att göra med swing- och bluesdans. Välkommen hem till oss. Här kan du dansa lindy hop, balboa, blues, stepp och autentisk jazz.

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