19-21 april 2019


This year, we will boldly go where no dancer has gone before. Come join us at our Galactic Hoppers Exchange - in Ghent - from April 19th to 21st in this hidden gem in a faraway land called Belgium.

In between taking over the world, our team of droids is working hard to offer you the best experience possible in our cosy little town. Below you find your preliminary GHX19 itinerary.



April 18th 2018

Pre-party *

There might be a lovely pre-party, but the GHX crew can't confirm this yet.


April 19th 2018

Opening night

Welcome to Ghent, bold travellers! Let's celebrate your arrival with a scintillating GHX19 Opening Night. Enjoy hours of swinging music and excellent entertainment, and experience firsthand the local swing addiction.

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April 20th 2018

City Boat Tour

Eager to explore the heart of Ghent? Well, jump on board! Discover all the sights and sounds of this vibrant place during a 1-hour boat tour. (registration required)

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A great day in Ghent

In a nod to the iconic photograph 'A great day in Harlem', we'll have our picture taken. The perfect souvenir to show your family and friends back home.

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Competition Prelims

If you want to compete during the Gentse Hoppers Ball, you'll have to qualify. Show us your dazzling dance moves in the prelims. No registration required, just show up.

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Try out the local watering holes. Three popular (jazz)bars will feature live music. Hop from one bar to another, or stay at just one, the choice is yours.

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Gentse Hoppers Ball

Three amazing bands will be playing live music all night long, just like in the old ballroom days! And be prepared for some impressive dancing, when the best of the best compete in the finals of our GHX19 Competition.

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April 21th 2018


Come and fill your empty stomach with an amazing brunch by the Swinging Chef and his helping hands. (registration required)

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Tea dance

Dust off your Sunday suit and shine those tap-tap-tappin' shoes! The GHX crew invites you to a cosy tea dance with a beloved local big band.

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Blues night

Rejoice, brave travellers! You came, you saw and you conquered this crazy swinging city. Now let's say a last goodbye before you return home. Join us for a hipshaking Blues night, and squeeze the last drops of dancing out of those weary feet. (registration required)

Exact timing TBA


April 22th 2018

After-party *

There might be a lovely after-party, but the GHX crew can't confirm this yet.

* The Gentse Hoppers Exchange does not organise the pre- and after-parties. We list them here to make your weekend more valuable and get a taste of the regular events taking place here.

Caution! Here in Ghent we have a special rule. We love to party and dance until the early morning, every time again. But be warned: the diehards have to help with the cleanup. It's the price to pay to make it on the last ones standing group picture ;)