19-21 april 2019

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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 flight plans for your 2019 journey through space and time.

 

Preparties

Pre-party: Cocteau Swingcafe live*

Wednesday, April 17th 2019

Cocteau
(Jan Palfijnstraat 17)


Prestart your GHX here with some live jazz and swinging tunes.

Pre-party: Red Shaker*

Thursday, April 18th 2019

Red Shaker
(Predikherenlei 2)


An old mansion turned bar in the heart of the city with live swing and tasty cocktails.

Pre-party: Missy Sippy*

Thursday, April 18th 2019

Missy Sippy
(Klein Turkije 16)


West Coast Soul & Funk in one of our favourite jazz bars.

Friday

April 19th 2019

Opening night

Vooruit
(Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)

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

20h00
Doors open
21h30
Start live band
Hop Sh Bam Connection
TBA
Cabaret
TBA
Han Solo competition
04h30
Last song

Saturday

April 20th 2019

City Boat Tour

Groentemarkt 9 (Vleeshuisbrug) - Rederij De Gentenaar

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)

12h30
Start tour

A great day in Ghent

In front of the kiosk
(Kouter)

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.

13h30
Meetup
13h50
Say cheese!

Competition L&L Prelims

In front of kiosk
(Kouter)

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.

14h15
Prelims Luke 'n Leia

Barcrawl

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

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.

Bands and locations:
Afsnis - Lamoral
Damberd - Jake Walker
Barville - Les Croissants Belges

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

Gentse Hoppers Ball

Vooruit
(Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)

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.

21h00
Doors open
Live music - 6 sets all night long
Swingalicious - Hermann Little Big Band - Mat Najean Jazz Band
00h30
Luke 'n Leia finals
04h55
Last song

Sunday

April 21th 2019

Brunch

Vooruit
(Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)

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

13h00
Musical bon appetit!
14h30
Buffet closed

Tea dance

Vooruit
(Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)

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.

15h00
First live song
Bigband 't Mouvement
18h00
Last song

Blues night

Missy Sippy
(Klein Turkije 16)

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)

21h00
First song
22h00
Start live band
Blue Drag Reunion
...
Last song

Alternate: Bar Lume*

Bar Lume
(Vrijdagmarkt 33)

Join the Birds of Swing Sessions for some swinging live music to end your exchange in style.

21h00
First song

Afterparties

April 22th 2019

After-party: Bar Lume Jazz Jam*

Bar Lume
(Vrijdagmarkt 33)

Music by dancers, for dancers! We're having an open jazz jam at Bar Lume. Musicians of all levels are welcome, so every dancer who plays an instrument can join the stage! If you don't feel like playing, just dance and encourage the musicians with an improvised tap or jazz-routine!

* 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!