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Ahoy!

The organization of the next edition of Amber Swing Festival is in progress! The Festival will take place between 18th and 21th August 2016. You can’t miss the opportunity to dance on our seaside dance floors!

Feel the gentle sea breeze as you are swinging out with us in Tricity, Poland.

 

See you there in August!

Festival will start in:

News

The map of Amber Swing venues

Date: 2016-07-18

Take a look on our map of Amber Swing venues! You can find it in the section Parties - Venues. You won't get lost with it!

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Dance with us on the beach!

Date: 2016-07-18

Ahoy, sea dogs!

Here comes THE BIG REVELATION :) We've been keeping it a secret for long enough but it's time to share the surprise with you - it will rock your socks!

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Are you looking for an accommodation for the festival?

Date: 2016-06-03

We have an option for all who are interested in group accommodation with lindyhoppers from across the Polish and Europe. Details in Accommodation.

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Article list

Workshops

There will be 3 days of amazing workshops with international teachers at the upcoming edition. We'll have 4 levels of Lindy Hop and 2 levels of Collegiate Shag.

Participants of Lindy Hop Track will have 9 hours of classes and participants of Collegiate Shag Track will have 7 hours of classes.

Teachers

Bianca Locatelli & Nils Andrén

A ship straight from Sweden will call at our port and with not just anybody on board: with instructors... Nils Andrén and Bianca Locatelli!

It will be their first time in Poland so they will definitely bring a breath of fresh air and some Swedish craziness with which they will infect us during their Lindy Hop tracks.

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Eglė Nemickaitė & Arnas Razgūnas

Two beautiful dancers from Vilnius, the heart of Lithuanian Swing Dance scene. Partnered up from the very first dance Arnas & Egle are dancing, performing, teaching and inspiring the community at hoppers' dance studio everyday.

During our festival you'll meet them both during Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag classes.

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Diana Geisler & Felix Berghäll

Diana and Felix were successfully matched together by the organizers of RTSF festival where they first taught together. Both very passionate about dance and keen on keeping it smooth and comfortable, they found their partnering to be complementary and inspiring to one another.

Under their flag you will be able to perfect both your Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag skills. They will for sure make our Amber ship catch the wind in its sails!

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Cajsa Weinemo & Matej Dujakovic

Welcome on board Cajsa Weinemo & Matej Dujakovic for the first time in Poland. They are yet another teaching couple who will share with you the intricacies of Lindy Hop. With their fresh creative style and a real passion for competitions they will inspire all Amber Swing seamen. And any fancy Lindy moves will become plain sailing!

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Maria & Rafał Ślęczka

Welcome Maria & Rafał Ślęczka who will add their Polish touch to Lindy Hop classes. We are sure that together with them we will sail with fair wind anytime during Amber Swing 2016!

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Ewa Jarosz-Jarszewska & Michał Ruszkawski

Instruktorzy tasterów

Ewa & Michał will teach you how to steal partners during the dance!

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Groups

Lindy Hop Track

The dancers under Lindy Hop flag will work on their skills (and polish the floors :) ) on 4 different decks. Just before the start of the cruise they will be allocated to an appropriate deck by our instructors - real sea wolves!

There will be 9 hours of workshops on each deck. The classes on the lowest deck will be addressed to the dancers who have been swimming on the Lindy Hop sea for about a year - we won’t let our seaman dancers fall overboard!

Collegiate Shag Track

Collegiate Shag dancers will travel on a two-decker. All the same, our instructors will allocate them to the appropriate decks (and ask them to polish the floors :) ). The gropus on both decks will shag hard for 7 hours (with breaks, don’t worry!). The cruise is open for those who used to sail under Collegiate Shag flag before - they took part in workshops and have been dancing for more than 3 months. The workshops on the other deck will be addressed to the dancers who have been shagging for a longer time and don’t mind dancing to fast songs.

Party Track

An offer for those who don’t want to miss any of the four parties in the port and who want to relax during the day. They will spend their days on a yacht sunbathing in the hot August sun and watching Lindy and Shag cruise liners on the horizon. :)

Schedule

Swing Parties

Thursday
since 17:00

Registration for the group accommodation

BURSA

since 20:30

Registration for the festival

Tents on the beach

since 21:00

Swing party

Tents on the beach

Friday
20:30

The start of the swing party

BHP Hall

21:00 - 22:00

Solo Jazz with Felix

small hall BHP

22:00 - 22:30

Jack'n'Jill Collegiate Shag prelims

small hall BHP

od 22:30 Swing Party in the Main Hall BHP
Saturday
20:30

The start of the swing party

BHP Hall

21:00 - 22:00

Boogie Woogie with Bianca & Nils

small hall BHP

22:00 - 23:00

Jack'n'Jill Lindy Hop prelims

small hall BHP

od 22:00 Swing Party in the Main Hall BHP
Sunday
20:00 - 21:00

Steal dance with Ewa & Michał

Tent A on the beach

od 21:00

Swing Party

Tents on the beach


Lindy Hop classes

 

Piątek
  A B C D
10:00 - 10:30

Rejestracja

GYM

10:30 - 11:45

Audition Lindy Hop - division into groups

GYM

12:15 - 13:15 Bianca & Nils
GYM
Eglé & Arnas
NOT1
Diana & Felix
NOT2
-
13:30 - 14:30 Bianca & Nils
GYM
- Maria & Rafał
NOT2
Cajsa & Matej
NOT1
14:45 - 15:45 - Bianca & Nils
GYM
Maria & Rafał
NOT2
Cajsa & Matej
NOT1
16:00 - 17:00 Cajsa & Matej
NOT2
Bianca & Nils
GYM
- Maria & Rafał
NOT1
Sobota
11:00 - 12:00 Maria & Rafał
Tent A
Cajsa & Matej
Tent B
- -
12:15 - 13:15 Maria & Rafał
Tent A
Cajsa & Matej
Tent B
- Bianca & Nils
GYM
13:30 - 14:30 Cajsa & Matej
Tent A
Maria & Rafał
Tent B
Bianca & Nils
GYM
-
14:45 - 15:45 - - Bianca & Nils
GYM
Diana & Felix
NOT1
16:00 - 17:00 - - Cajsa & Matej
GYM
Maria & Rafał
NOT1
Niedziela
11:00 - 12:00 - Maria & Rafał
NOT1
Cajsa & Matej
Tent A
Bianca & Nils
Tent B
12:15 - 13:15 Diana & Felix
NOT2
Maria & Rafał
NOT1
Cajsa & Matej
Tent A
Bianca & Nils
Tent B
13:30 - 14:30 Maria & Rafał
NOT2
Diana & Felix
NOT1
Bianca & Nils
Tent A
Cajsa & Matej
Tent B
15:00 - 16:00 Eglé & Arnas
NOT2
- - -


Collegiate Shag classes

Friday
  E F
14:00 - 14:30

Audition Collegiate Shag - division into groups

Tent A

14:45 - 15:45 Eglé & Arnas
Tent A
Diana & Felix
Tent B
16:00 - 17:00 Eglé & Arnas
Tent A
Diana & Felix
Tent B
Saturday
11:00 - 12:00 Diana & Felix
NOT1
Eglé & Arnas
NOT2
12:15 - 13:15 Diana & Felix
NOT1
Eglé & Arnas
NOT2
13:30 - 14:30 Diana & Felix
NOT1
Eglé & Arnas
NOT2
Sunday
11:00 - 12:00 Eglé & Arnas
GYM
-
12:15 - 13:15 Eglé & Arnas
GYM
-
13:30 - 14:30 - Eglé & Arnas
GYM
15:00 - 16:00 - Diana & Felix
GYM

 

GYM - Gym in Zespół Szkół Łączności (Podwale Staromiejskie 51, Gdańsk)

NOT1 - Hall in the building NOT, the 1st floor (Rajska 6, Gdańsk)

NOT2 - Hall in the building NOT, the 2nd floor (Rajska 6, Gdańsk)

Tents A & B - Tents on the beach, Gdańsk-Brzeźno entrance no 52

BHP Hall - ks. Jerzego Popiełuszki 6 (building 131A, in the old times: Doki 1)

BURSA - group accommodation by Zespół Szkół Łączności (Podwale Staromiejskie 51/52, Gdańsk)

Prices

Lindy Hop Full Pass
30 first registrations 90 next registrations further registrations
SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT! 120 EUR
Collegiate Shag Full Pass
15 first registrations 50 next registrations further registrations
SOLD OUT! 100 EUR 110 EUR
Party Pass
First come first served! the last 20 registration
50 EUR 60 EUR
Single parties prices
Thursday 40 PLN
Friday 80 PLN
Saturday 90 PLN
Sunday 40 PLN

Parties

Get ready for 4 amazing swing nights! More information soon.

Attractions

Vintage Corner

If you are a fan of the vintage style, prepare yourself for a little hunting during Friday and Saturday parties. Wondering who will be selling their amazing goodies? Check out the list below and don't forget to have some extra polish zloty cash with you! ;)

KABAK are original socks designed by nice people to wear well, please the eye and make you smile. We want our KABAK socks to be a perfect match for every feet. We want everyone to be able to find something to suit their taste. KABAK socks will bring a smile on your face but, most of all, they will give you a chance to stand out from the greyish world that surrounds us. Our socks are produced in Poland and in that way we are able to control their quality and performance. For their production we use only the highest quality combed cotton. 100% made in Poland!

Misstery are unique headpieces - hats, toques, fascinators, hand pressed silk flowers, veils. We can fulfill the dreams of any customers. We use both modern and vintage fabrics of the highest quality.

"Not only for gentlemen" is definitely one of the most atmospheric places on the fashion-map of Tricity. They offer a wide range of avant-garde accessories for men: Underbeard bow ties, Republic of Ties ties, Happy Socks and Many Mornings socks, OnyxArt cuff links, Gepetto glasses, Non'chalant pocket handkerchieves, SHE&HE friendship bracelets, cosmetics for taking care of beard and many other stylish accessories. 

Vintage For Ever is a unique place, inspired by our love for vintage and retro clothing. Our shop is ideal for those who look for the objects with a soul - unique and original clothes of a superb quality.

O! Retro: Dots, stripes, flowers, laces and frills – we make retro inspired underwear.
How O! Retro has been born? We have started to sew garmets under flirty skirts and short dresses. Now we can’t imagine dancing without them, nor cycling or even sleeping.
Our inspiration is the 20’s and 30’s fashion. We want our underwear to be not only functional but beautiful and feminine as well, that’s why we offer so many colors and patterns. We believe that every girl will find somethig for herself.

POPA - a brand created by Marysia and Rafał
Maria Dek- illustrator, graduate from University of the Arts London and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She is a master of visual, full of absurd humour chats with the viewers. Her most adored technique is traditional watercolor. Her illustrations were exhibited both in Poland and in other countries. You can find her illustrations in: "Paskudki słowiańskie" (Myślanki, Poland) and "Ole! Hiszpania dla dociekliwych" (Dwie Siostry, Poland). She also created original books: "En forêt" (Marcel et Joachim, France) and "When I am Big" (Hélium, France). Rafał's future wife.
Rafał Lewandowski - geographer, analyst and manager. Draws maps, never gets lost. He can fix, improve and sell everything. Loves do-it-yourself, forest, do-it-yourself and pork chops. And do-it-yourself. Marysia's future husband.
Popa offers you: deckchairs, baseball caps, backpack style sacks, postcards, illustrations - everything to make your day a nicer day.
 

JUST DANCE - a shop born from a passion for dance. For anyone whose heart beats to the rhythm of music.

Water tram

Each group will spend one day of classes on the beach. Are you wondering how can you get there from the centre of Gdańsk? We suggest you to... TAKE A TRAM. A water tram. ;) The final stop is located just a stone's throw from our dancefloor. Enjoy the beautiful views during the trip and... AHOY! :)

Photo booth

During Saturday Party you will have the chance to take a picture in our photo booth. So gig out of the closet your best vintage styling and practice your dance poses to capture them in photos. :)

Venues

Sala BHP

During Friday party and the main party on Saturday we will have a chance to dance on the floor of the BHP Hall (Health and Safety at Work Hall) which is located in the heart of the Gdańsk Shipyard! This year you will not only take part in amazing parties but also you will have an opporunity to feel the shipyard atmosphere and attend a small history lesson. Why? Because it was here that “Gdańsk Agreement” of 31 August 1980 was signed, which led to the establishment of Independent Self-Governing Trade Union “Solidarność” and later resulted in the end of the Communist rule in Poland. The party in such a unique place will be of particular importance to us. Additionaly, during the day you will have a chance to see “The Roads to the Agreement” exhibition as the BHP Hall functions also as a museum. We are excited that this year we'll dance in a unique place in terms of its history and atmosphere!

Are you ready for the amazing parties which will take you for a ride to the past? We can’t wait for that!

Photos: http://www.salabhp.pl/

Tents on the beach in Brzeźno

Two of our parties (on Thursday and Sunday) will take place in tents ON THE BEACH! We'll start together with the magical sunset and dance till dawn - trust us, the summer sunrise by the sea is a view worth seeing ;)

But that' not all - each group will spend ONE DAY of classes in those tents as well! Fancy a break between workshops? Hot and tired after hours of dancing? Hop into the cool waters of the Baltic sea! Doesn't it sound appealing? :D

Come and dance with us :) Feel the gentle fresh breeze on your face!

The map of Amber Swing venues

Are you curious where you'll have your classes? Or maybe you want to book accommodation nearby parties? Do you want to know where you can eat, what is worth seeing or simply which way you should go?

We are preparing for you the map of Amber Swing venues. You won't get lost with it!

  Look on map

Competitions

Start practising your fancy moves! You will have a chance to use them in two Jack'n'Jill competitions during Amber Swing 2016! Are you curious what you can win? :)

 

Lindy Hop J'n'J Prizes

Dragon Swing 2016 Full Pass

Retro Weekend 2017 Full Pass

Lindy on Track 2017 Party Pass

 

Collegiate Shag J'n'J Prizes

Warsaw Collegiate Shag 2017 Full Pass

Swing Paradise 2017 Full Pass

Copenhagen Swing Challenge 2016 Party Pass

Music

Hot Swing Sextet

Let us introduce to you the band, which will make you dance like hell! Please welcome the hottest band of the Polish summer: Hot Swing Sextet!

These six energetic musicians will take us for a crazy ride back to the jazz clubs of the 30s during Friday and Saturday Party. They serve everything from Django Reinhardt to Duke Ellington and a good portion of humour!

We can't wait to hear them live for the first time in Poland! And what about you? :)

Musicians: Thibaud Bonté: trumpet, Bertrand Tessier: saxophones tenor/soprano, Erwann Muller: guitar, Ludovic Langlade: guitar, Franck Richard: contrebass, Jericho Ballan: drums.

Registration

Tricity

A beautiful city with over a thousand-year of history which can be almost felt while walking the streets of the Old Town. For centuries Gdańsk has been the symbol of freedom and independence. It has always been a meeting place of different cultures, religions and ideologies. The citizens of Gdańsk are courageous, devoted and creative people who live by  the maxim Nec temere nec timide which translates as Neither rashly nor timidly. It is not without reason that this is a home of the freedom movement which has changed the course of European history. To fully understand the freedom spirit of the city we recommend to visit European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk Shipyard and the Monument to the fallen Shipyard Workers 1970. If you want to please the eye with the gold of Gdańsk visit the Amber Museum or take a walk down Mariacka Street.

 

With less than 90 years of history, Gdynia is one of the youngest and most modern Polish cities. Gdynia is the true "city made of sea and of dreams" as within 5 years in 1920s it was transformed from a fishing village to a major sea port at the Baltic Sea. Now it is a flourishing city with buoyant economy and modern architecture with the newly built Sea Towers – Gdynia’s architectural landmark. Its beautiful seaside location among wooded hills attracts many nature lovers. You will easily catch great views of the sea from the famous cliffs in Orłowo or the viewpoint at the Stone Hill (Kamienna Góra). You can also take a stroll along the longest seaside boulevard or visit one of Gdynia’s pristine beaches. The biggest tourist attraction are the two museum vessels moored at the quayside: the oldest destroyer “ORP Błyskawica” and over a 100-year tall ship frigate “Dar Pomorza”.

 

A seaside city and spa resort located between green hills and the bay. Sopot is famous for the longest wooden pier in Europe (511,5m) and its pristine beaches which stretch along 4,5 km of the city’s coast. Since the beginning of the 20th century Sopot has been not only a holiday resort but also a cultural centre. It is a home of various festivals such as Sopot Song Festival or Jazz Festival which attract many visitors. If you are an art-lover we recommend visiting Sopot National Gallery which is housed in the new Dom Zdrojowy. Every year the city is like a magnet for the tourists who seek entertainment and relaxation. To experience the city life just visit Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street - the most famous pedestrian precinct lined with many restaurants, pubs shops and galleries. If you want to slow down the tempo and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, just turn into one of the side streets where you can find beautiful villas and well-kept gardens.

 

Accommodation

Do you want to stay in one place with the whole bunch of lindyhoppers? :)

We are aware that it’s not that easy to find the accommodation in the middle of the season in Gdansk, which is why we organize a group accommodation for the participants of our festival. If you want to:
- stay near workshop places and near the famous Długie Pobrzeże (one of the most beautiful places in Gdansk),
- be close to the point of information and registration,
- pay a reasonable price for a decent accommodation,
- experience the endless opportunity to integrate with dancers from Poland and Europe,
this option should be interesting for you. :)

Information about accommodation:
- price for accommodation per person: 140 PLN for 4 nights (Thursday - Monday); it is not possible to pay only for single days,
- the are 4 beds in each room: you can sign up individually or collect your "four" and fill out the form information about your friends to stay with; registrations of four people have priority,
- the number of beds is limited: we can accommodate only 100 people,
- we’ll accept reservations for accommodation till 15th of June; till then we'll also confirm the allocation of rooms and charge a down payment (40 PLN / person)
- location of the accommodation: Bursa Gdańska, ul. Podwale Staromiejskie 51/52 (Gdańsk)
http://www.bursa.gda.pl/
- you can register HERE.

    

Transport

Travelling to Tricity

By plane

An international airport located in Tricity offers many connections. Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport is identified by three-letter code ‘GDN’ and offers regular international flights to many countries in Europe. The airport is connected to the centre of Gdańsk by a regular bus service (which leaves every 30 minutes during the day and every hour at night).

By train

You can check both international and domestic connections here http://www.intercity.pl/pl/.  The station which is the closest to the festival venues is called GDAŃSK GŁÓWNY. It is located close to the Old Town.

By ferry

As befits a sea port agglomeration, you can get to Tricity also by ferry. There are two connections available:

Gdynia – Kalskrona – operated by  Stena Line ferries (http://www.stenaline.pl/

Gdańsk - Nynäshamn – operated by Polferries ferries (http://www.polferries.pl/

You can buy the tickets from the above pages.

Getting around the city

Public transport

You can move around the city using the public transport search engine which allows you to find quickly a desired connection to any place in Tricity. The search engine finds connections for Fast Urban Railway (in short SKM), buses and trams.

You can access the public transport search engine here: http://trojmiasto.jakdojade.pl/ 

You can buy the tickets using SkyCash

Bus and tram services

You can buy the tickets in kiosks,  directly from the driver (only 1 hour and 24 hour tickets) or in ticket vending machines which you will find on the big bus stops and tram stops. You have to validate your ticket as soon as you enter a vehicle no matter where the ticket was purchased.

Tickets price list: 

 

Full fare [PLN]

Reduced fare [PLN] 

Single journey tickets: 

Standard services: 

3,00 

1,50 

Night services: 

4,00 

2,00 

Time tickets: 

up to 60 minutes on standard service

3,60 

1,80 

up to 60 minutes on night service

4,60 

2,30 

 up to 24 hours on all services

12,00 

6,00 

 

The same fares apply both for Gdańsk public transport (beige and red trams and buses) and Gdynia (white and blue buses and trolleybuses), however the tickets vary and they are not interchangeable  (except for the services shared with ZTM Gdańsk, numbers: 171, 510, G, N1). 24 hour tickets are valid on all bus services in Gdańsk and  Sopot.

Reduced fares apply to:

- students up to the age of 26 who hold a valid student card (studying at Polish universities)

- foreign students up to the age of 26 who hold a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) or a valid European Youth Card – EURO 26 STUDENT

- doctoral students up to the age of 35 who hold a valid doctoral student card –a fare reduced by 51%.  

Fast Urban Railway (SKM)

You can purchase the tickets:

- in ticket offices located on platforms or near the platforms

- in ticket vending machines located on platforms

- in ZTM ticket vending machines located on bus or tram stops.

from the driver of the train. You should enter the first door starting from the direction of the travel.

Attention!!!

Tickets purchased in ZTM ticket vending machines and in ticket offices MUST be validated in validating machines located on platforms or in the tunnels leading to the platforms. Tickets purchased in ticket vending machines on platforms are valid only for the next available train and they DO NOT need to be validated.

Fast Urban Railway connects the whole Tricity. You can check the prices of the tickets here:  http://www.skm.pkp.pl/taryfy-i-przepisy/tabele-oplat

The price is dependent on the length of the route. You can check it here: http://www.skm.pkp.pl/  - after choosing the connection, you will see a table showing the distance from the starting station.

 

Reduced fares apply to:

- students up to the age of 26 who hold a valid student card or ISIC – a fare reduced by 51% 

- doctoral students up to the age of 35 who hold a valid doctoral student card – a fare reduced by 51% 

- school children who hold a valid student ID card – a fare reduced by 37%.

By car

Within the centre of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot parking fees apply. Tariffs and the exact paid parking hours vary according to the city and the zone. In general, parking fees apply between 9am and 6pm from Monday to Friday. Weekends are free of charge in the area of Tricity except for Sopot (where parking fees apply also on weekends). The average parking fee is PLN 3 /h.

Check the parking meter for the exact price list.  Parking meters usually accept only coins (cash and cards are not accepted by most of the meters). It is better to have coins since parking meters do not give change. These regulations apply ONLY  to the city parking area. Parking fees and paid parking hours on private parking areas may differ. 

Optionally, you can use SkyCash to pay your parking fee.

Taxi

Dajian Daxi:19628, 306000 

AS Taxi:19660, 3022303 

Caro Taxi:3223322 

Hallo Taxi:19191, 800119191 

Halo taxi:19666 

Neptun taxi: 19686, 800170700 

You can pay for the taxi with cash or with credit card.

The prices vary with different taxi companies and tariffs. The average prices are:

- Initial charge  PLN 6-10

- 1 km daytime around PLN 2

- 1 km night-time around PLN 3

 

The prices for 1 km apply to the area of Gdańsk.

From this year on you can get around Gdańsk using UBER.  

About us

Małgorzata Iskierska

Wanna dance? The music must be played!- in other words, meet Gosia, our main DJ and the person who is, in a broad sense, responsible for music at our festival. She is also not afraid of looking for sponsors, partners and patronages. You’re not a fan of the festival’s hour schedule? You know to whom you should talk :)

Kasia Bąk

Kasia is the moving force that rushes Amber team into action. But not only them- when needed she will rush you into paying for the workshops as well ;) Kasia also supervises the festival’s page and is responsible for registration. In her free time she is monitoring the festival as a whole and looking for interesting facts for our History Corner.

Robert Lew-Kiedrowski

When asked to comment on his tasks in this year’s edition of the festival Robert said: “Me? I’m only cleaning here.” So we repeat after him: he’s only cleaning here. And since there is a lot to clean Robert has hands full of work ;)

Contact

Write to us!

amberswingfest@gmail.com

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