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Prepare to be enchanted in 2017 as Empire Swing presents a magical and mystical weekend of social dances and other events.

Join us this May for the 6th annual Sunshine Swing, Brisbane’s Lindy Exchange, where the nights are cooler but the dancing is still super hot! With 3 nights of social dancing in fantastic venues to fabulous bands and DJ’s, as well as multiple daytime outings, this is an exchange not to be missed.

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Sunshine Swing

2013

World Series

2014

Masquerade

2015

A Day At The Races

2016

Swing Noir

EVENTS

FRIDAY NIGHT

Theme Entry via Platform 9 & 3/4
When 26 May 2017, 7pm till 12am
Where Holy Trinity Church Hall
9 Church Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Band Held To Ransom
Bar No Bar at Venue
Cost Included in the Full Pass also available for pre-purchase in the Shop.
$45 Cash Only On Door

Friday night’s welcome dance is going to be a leap of faith through the seemingly solid brick wall of Platform 9 & 3/4 into a world of wizardry and wonderment.

From Harry Potter  to The Lord of the Rings fantasy and fun are the name of the game! Follow us on Facebook for further details and inspiration in the lead up to the event.

Friday night will include performances and it’s Frankie Manning’s birthday – so expect an extra special Shim Sham!

When Midnight till late
Where Newmarket Memorial Hall
92 Enoggera Rd, Newmarket QLD 4051
Music The best Swing DJ’s this side of Alderaan
Bar No Bar at Venue
Cost Included in the Full Pass also available for pre-purchase in the Shop.
$20 Cash Only On Door

SATURDAY NIGHT

Theme Enchanted Ball
When 27 May 2017, 7pm till 12am
Where The Colossus
71 Jane Street, West End, QLD 4101
Band The Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra
Bar Full Bar
Cost Included in the Full Pass also available for pre-purchase in the Shop.
$55 Cash Only On Door

Saturday evening’s Enchanted Ball is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a bit of Disney fantasy, old school or new. Be like 2017’s Belle, a fearless inventor with pockets in your dress, or put on your best Prince/ss Charming suit.

Either way, dress to impress, and prepare to dance the night away to classic standards from the 30’s and 40’s by our local big band, the Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra, who will be performing as a 13 piece band.

Saturday night will also include the BLX 2017 Mix & Match (formerly Jack & Jill) Heats & Finals – registration sheets will be at the door on Saturday night.

When Midnight till late
Where Newmarket Memorial Hall
92 Enoggera Rd, Newmarket, QLD 4051
Band Azul + DJ’s
Bar No Bar at Venue
Cost Included in the Full Pass also available for pre-purchase in the Shop.
$30 Cash Only On Door

SUNDAY NIGHT

Theme Wishing (you) Well
When 28 May 2017, 5pm till 11pm
Where Windsor Bowls Club
69 Blackmore St, Windsor, QLD 4030
Band Cigány Weaver
Bar Full Bar
Cost Included in the Full Pass also available for pre-purchase in the Shop.
$30 Cash Only On Door

As the sun sets on another wonderful weekend of dancing, kick back and chill out with a cold bevvie or burn up the dance floor one last time at Sunshine Swing to our fab band Cigány Weaver and some of the best Swing DJ’s around.

For those feeling peckish, we’ll be having our traditional sausage sizzle while looking out over the lovely bowling greens of this beautiful clubhouse, which is also so close to the city and the airport!

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

What Alive and Kicking Film
When 27 May 2017, 2pm to 5pm
Where New Farm Cinemas
701 Brunswick Street,
New Farm, QLD 4005
Bar Food and drinks available for purchase
Tickets Online at New Farm Cinemas
Cost $20 + online bf

Sunshine Swing in conjunction with the Brisbane Swing Dance scene is SO excited to bring you this screening of Alive and Kicking.

The afternoon will begin at 2pm with a taster class, followed by the screening of Alive and Kicking at 2:30pm.

To finish the afternoon, we will have music from 4pm for a social dance in the foyer.

Tickets are limited so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6HDAiO_gR0

SUNDAY MORNING

What Marvel – Creating
The Cinematic Universe
When 28 May 2017, 10am to 1pm
Where GOMA
Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Bar Food and drinks available for purchase
Tickets Online at GOMA
Cost $25

The Sunshine Swing team are sure there will be quite a few people as keen to see this exhibition as we are! So join us for a wake up coffee and a bite to eat at the cafe followed by this amazing – and exclusive to Brisvegas – exhibition. More details on where to meet and who will be hosting on the day will be in the Facebook event for this outing.

‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ will be presented exclusively at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 27 May to 3 September 2017. It will be the first major Marvel-related exhibition to be staged in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum. Including original artwork, film props, costumes and more, the exhibition will give significant focus to the Marvel comic artists, and the development teams who translate the drawn narrative to the screen through production design and storyboarding, costume and prop design, special effects and post-production.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

What Princess Bride Swicnic
When 28 May 2017, 1pm till 5pm
Where Kangaroo Point Cliffs
(Tiled section at base of cliffs)
Music DJ’s
Bar BYO Food & Drinks
Cost Free

Sunday afternoon swing dance picnics at the base of the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs are one of the highlights of BLX every year.

Bring an esky, a rug and a plate of nibbles to share, and spend the afternoon dancing and chatting with old friends and new beside the Brisbane River.

MUSIC

Albert Nicholas, a clarinetist who played with Joe “King” Oliver, said, “The band played full but no blasting. Joe wanted to hear those feet on the floor; the feet of the dancers. He’d say, ‘When you don’t hear those feet, you’re not playing music; you’re making noise.'”

Held To Ransom

Held To Ransom

Held to Ransom is a group of friends who get together to play swing and jazz music in their attempt to keep music LIVE!

This toe tapping ten piece is made up of: Steve Fischer (drums), Joe Howman and Nelson Oakley (trumpets), Michael Smith (guitar), Peter Weyand (bass) Sacha Hughes (keys), Andrew Bloyce (trombone), Eddie Bray (tenor sax), Ken Lincoln (alto sax), Trina Lincoln (vocals).

If you love what you hear (we’re sure you will) bookings for the group can be made via email: ken@kenlincoln.org

Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra

Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra

The Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra are an ensemble performing authentically reconstructed compositions and arrangements from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, celebrating popular tunes and dance music from the early years of jazz. The Orchestra is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of culturally, historically and aesthetically significant jazz recordings including the compositions of: Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe Oliver, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

The Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra have been playing for dancers in Brisbane and further afield for several years now, and they never fail to keep the dance floor swinging!

Cigány Weaver

Cigány Weaver

Formed out of a love of Django Reinhardt, Sigourney Weaver and Red Wine, Cigány Weaver are one the newest, and most exciting Gypsy Jazz acts in Australia. Having recently performed at Australia’s premier Gypsy Jazz Festival ‘OzManouche’ and the Woodford Folk Festival, they have captivated audiences with their unique performances, establishing an expansive following.

Cigány Weaver create sounds reminiscent of Jazz Manouche, Traditional Romani music to contemporaries such as Bjork. Their virtuosic live performances invoke an array of toe-tapping, from the subtle tap to the carefree exuberant stomp of the dance floor.

Azul Swing

Azul Swing

Azul Swing is a swing/jazz/blues & groove band for all occasions.

Band leader & guitarist Warwick Hargreaves hand picks a line up from among the cream of Brisbane’s jazz players, tailoring the outfit to suit each gig.

This band is always cookin’, so don’t miss your opportunity to see them do their thang….& be ready to dance!

DJ's

DJ Co-ordinator

Max Pogonowski has been on the interstate DJ circuit for a while, playing all the Swing tune genres, at Hullabaloo, MLX, and Canberrang. He’s also been DJ Co-ordinator for Southern Blues, SLX, The Art of Social Dancing and Swing Camp Oz.

For BLX 2017 Max has assembled a diverse team of DJ’s. He’s giving guys and gals an equal go on the decks while also giving newer DJ’s the chance to step up, without compromising the quality of the music at the event. We’re really proud to have Max onboard, and looking forward to introducing you to the DJ team he’s put together for us.

MAP

T-SHIRTS

“I have too many shirts” –  said NO Lindy Hopper ever! This years Sunshine Swing t-shirts not only feature a stylish design, but also tick all the boxes when it comes to quality, cut and comfort. As dancers we know that an event t-shirt needs to be more than just a memento, it needs to be wearable and durable.

We’re confident that you’ll be swinging out in this years tee for many more years to come.

BLX 2017’s Men’s Tee is one of our all time favourite mens shirts. Try it once and it will become a staple in your wardrobe. We’ve used this t-shirt stock several times now and can testify to its comfort, quality, and how well it keeps it’s shape wash after wash. Features include: 180 GSM 100% Cotton; Shoulder to shoulder tape; Fabric pre-shrunk to minimise shrinkage; Double needle bottom hem and sleeve.

BLX 2017’s Women’s Tee is light and long. This lovely soft cotton t-shirt is high quality and keeps it’s shape wash after wash. Please note the sleeves are a slim fit, so if you have nice muscly arms and are normally a small, check the measurements and consider a medium. Features include: 150 GSM 100% Cotton; Shoulder to shoulder tape; Fabric pre-shrunk to minimise shrinkage; Double needle bottom hem and sleeves; Extra long body, side seamed for a tailored fit.

Men’s Tee Sizings (subject to a tolerance of +/-1cm):

S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Width (cm) 47 52 56.5 61 64 68
Length (cm) 71 75 78.5 82 83.5 85

Women’s Tee Sizings (subject to a tolerance of +/-1cm):

XS S M L XL 2XL
Width (cm) 40.5 43 45.5 48 51.5 55.5
Length (cm) 67.5 68.5 69.5 70.5 71.5 72.5

CODE OF CONDUCT

Sunshine Swing – Brisbane’s Lindy Exchange (BLX) is dedicated to providing a safe event experience for everyone involved, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). Everyone at our event (including attendees, DJs, volunteers, band members and staff) has an absolute right to feel safe and respected at all times. We do not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form.

Everyone attending or associated with BLX in any capacity is required to abide by the BLX code of conduct at all times. If you violate the following standards of conduct, we may ask you to leave the event immediately and will notify the police if necessary. We may ask you to not return over the course of the weekend, or to future events. We reserve the right to decide who attends BLX and we will ensure the comfort and safety of all attendees.

We expect every person to take ownership of their language.

This means not using racist, homophobic, sexist or transphobic language, sexualised, rude or violent language, or language designed to make another person feel uncomfortable or inferior.

We expect every person to take ownership of their actions. This can include:

  • Do not touch someone else without first asking. Do not touch anyone inappropriately.
  • Stop touching them if they ask or tell you to.
  • Only closely embrace someone with their consent.
  • NEVER attempt aerials, lifts or drops on the social dancing floor.
  • In a jam, ensure you have consent to perform an aerial, lift or drop, with every partner, every time. (We should not need to remind you that throwing your partner off their own weight without consent in any way or for any reason is a violation of personal space and safety.)
  • Take proactive steps to find out whether the person you are dancing with is comfortable.
  • It is your right to refuse any dance, for any reason at any time. It is your right to stop dancing with someone at any point for any reason.
  • If someone lets you know, verbally or non-verbally, that they are feeling uncomfortable, check your behaviour, apologise sincerely, and make a change immediately.

Need Help?

If you are injured, feel uncomfortable or unsafe, or are experiencing or witnessing inappropriate behaviour, please let us know immediately. We will take urgent action. We will handle your complaint with absolute seriousness and in the strictest confidence.

  • You can approach:
    • the event manager
    • our volunteers at the front desk
    • our roaming volunteers
  • Ask for the event manager, who will handle your issue as a matter of priority.
  • If you do not feel comfortable speaking to someone while at the event itself, please contact us at BLXsafespace@empireswing.com.au , via a private message to our Facebook page or contact our event Safe Space Officer. In 2017, please contact Leigh on 0421 696 711.
  • If someone lets you know that they are uncomfortable about another attendee’s behaviour, please encourage them to come and talk to us, or seek their permission to come and talk to us yourself. Even if they think it is not a big deal , we want to know about it so we can be prepared to take action and prevent situations from escalating.

BLX will stand by you and support you.

Please click here for further details of BLX’s policies and procedures.

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Registrations Are Now Closed.

  • However Tickets will also be available on the door for each Event – please note on the door will be Cash Only.
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