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Wednesday

April 5th 2017

Pre-party: Missy Sippy Blues Jam*

Missy Sippy
(Klein Turkije 16)

Want to start the weekend early and steaming hot? Check out the Missy Sippy Electric Blues Jam. Musicians, bring your instrument! If you register before 21h30, you can join the jam! Free admission.

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20h30
First song
00h00
Last song

Thursday

April 6th 2017

Pre-party: Frog & Henry *

Missy Sippy
(Klein Turkije 16)

They formed in New Orleans from members of several street performing groups. They're influenced by blues, jazz, stringband, ragtime, and dance band recordings from the 20's and 30's. They might be a duo, they might be more. And they might bring along their unique Tuba Machine. Come and watch Frog & Henry at Missy Sippy. Free admission.

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21h00
First song
00h00
Last song

Friday

April 7th 2017

Opening night

Vooruit
(Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)

GHX17 is a go! And if anyone knows how to get a party started, it's the Hop-Sh-Bam Connection. This excellent swing band will get your feet moving in no time. We also have some (inter)national talent bringing first-class entertainment in our Lucky Number 7 Cabaret. And you can join in our exciting solo jazz competition!

20h00
Doors open
21h30
Start live band
22h15
Cabaret
23h30
Solo jazz competition
04h30
Last song

Saturday

April 8th 2017

GHX City Tour - SOLD OUT

Vrijdagmarkt, at the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde

Eager to explore our lovely town? A true local will show you around the 'Kuip', the very heart of Ghent. Marvel at the view our three towers offer, get swept back to medieval times walking along the cobbled streets, discover hidden gems only locals know about, ...
(SOLD OUT. If you haven't registered for the tour, we suggest venturing out by yourself. Head over to the tourist information centre for a map and some tips!)

10h45
Meetup
11h00
Start of the tour
13h00
End of the tour

A great day in Ghent

In front of the Ghent Town Hall
(Botermarkt 1)

In a nod to the iconic photograph 'A great day in Harlem', we'll have our picture taken. Join us on the stairs at the town hall to be part of it, because yes, it will be a great day in Ghent!

13h30
Meetup
13h50
Say cheese!

Jack 'n Jill Prelims

In front of NTGent
(Sint-Baafsplein 17)

If you want to compete in the Jack 'n Jill competition during our Gentse Hoppers Ball, you'll have to qualify. Show us your best Lindy Hop moves in the prelims. No registration required, just show up!

14h15
Prelims Jack 'n Jill

Barcrawl

Afsnis (Bij Sint-Jacobs 10) + Damberd (Korenmarkt 19) + Barville (Klein Turkije 18)

Join us on a super cosy bar crawl. Three of our favourite (jazz)bars will feature live music. Hop from one bar to another, or stay at just one, the choice is yours. The bars might be a bit crowded, but if you find a spot: the dance floor is all yours!

Bands and locations:
Afsnis - My Sweet Devil
Damberd - Jake Walker
Barville - Lamoral

15h00
First Song
16h00
Start live band
18h00
Last song

Gentse Hoppers Ball

Vooruit
(Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)

Reverent Juke, Lester's Blues and Henry's Dance Orchestra. These 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 Jack 'n Jill competition.

21h00
Doors open
21h30
Start live band
00h30
Jack 'n Jill finals
04h30
Last song

Sunday

April 9th 2017

Brunch

Vooruit
(Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)

Come and fill your empty stomach with an amazing brunch by our Swinging Chef and his helping hands.

13h00
Bon appetit!
14h30
Buffet closed

Tea dance

Vooruit
(Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)

Who wants a lazy Sunday if bigband 't Mouvement is in the house! MarieĀ­ Anne Standaert and her stellar musicians will have you dancing in no time to the finest jazz and bigband tunes.

15h00
First song
18h00
Last song

Blues night

Missy Sippy
(Klein Turkije 16)

We end the weekend with a hipshaking Blues night. Reverent Juke (+guests) will provide those smooth, groovin' sounds. If this year's edition is as hot as last year's, you're in for an epic night.

21h00
First song
22h00
Start live band
...
Last song

Monday

April 10th 2017

After-party: Frog & Henry*

Hot Club Gent
(Schuddevisstraatje 2)

Come and watch Frog & Henry at Hot Club Ghent, one of the coolest (and smallest) jazz bars in town. Free admission.

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21h00
First song
...
Last song


Tuesday

April 11th 2017

After-party: Nomad Swing - Local Heroes Concert *

Missy Sippy
(Klein Turkije 16)

Famous Ghent jazz band Nomad Swing brings its authentic sound to Missy Sippy. Free admission.

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21h00
First song
00h00
Last song

* 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 ;)

And go explore Ghent!

Ghent is a city which breathes jazz and awesomeness. Treat yourself with as much time as you can spend to see and experience as much as possible. Our little town is quite the treat to get lost in!