Swinging Europe Network Conference

Two days of conference with sessions to professionalize the European swing dance community. We’ll address ethics & values, diversity & inclusion, African-American heritage & legacy and sustainable strategies. 

We’ll immerse you in workshops, keynotes and network moments to make ‘the swing world’ a more professional, sustainable, inclusive and respectful environment.


In the evenings we go wild during LouisLou’s Dance Madness at the biggest city festival in the world: Gentse Feesten.


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    You want to attend the conference?  Register here

    We want you to join without any barrier, that’s why we work with reference prices. It also include lunch, drinks and light breakfast for 2 days. We also give the option to do a free contribution (lower or higher amount as proposed), with a minimum of €35 in case you join live for 2 days (this is the price for the food & drinks).

    Reference prices – free contribution

    €75: individual

    €100: non profit

    €350: business


    During the conference, we provide a light breakfast and lunch. It’s cozy and we don’t have to loose energy to search for food.

    For the evenings, we make a reservation next to the party venue to have dinner together (not included in the ticket). You won’t have to worry about finding restaurants in Ghent (which can be hard during the big city festival) and we selected a dinner place value for money. And above all, you’ll have the opportunity to chat and hang out with the conference colleagues. Please inform us in the registration form if we need to make a reservation for you as well.


    Some sessions* will be possible to follow through ZOOM. The LouisLou crew will make sure there is a Zoom Host to keep quality of the online sessions and will connect online participants in between and with the physical conference. All sessions that are available online will be technically within decent quality standards of a conference. 

    If you feel like joining online, we ask you to register through the form and you’ll receive the ZOOM link.

    * sessions that you can follow online:
    – Saturday Session 2: Values & ethics, what and how with Badra Djailt – Ghent University

    - Saturday Session 4B: Racism and decolonisation with Don Pandzou

    - Saturday Session 4c: Inclusivity and cultural appreciation in swing schools: our own experience. With Alexia Legoueix from Shake That Swing (FR)

    - Saturday Session 4d: Best practices for swing jazz bands with Belgian bandleaders Marie-Anne Standaert and Wouter van den Broeck

    - Sunday Session 1 – Innovative sustainable strategy with Cultuurloket with Trees Debruyne

    The SEN Conference is organised by LouisLou and is an initiative from the Swinging Europe Network project with the support of Creative Europe.

    Swinging Europe LogoEN Co-funded by the EU_BLACK






    Conference: 22 – 24 July 2022

    Evenings: 21-24 July 2022


    Conference: TimeLab Gent

    Kogelstraat 34, 9000 Gent

    Ghent Festival: Baudelohof & St Jacobs


    LouisLou’s Dance Madness program


    Reference prices – free contribution

    €75*: individual

    €100*: non profit

    €350*: business

    * incl lunch, drinks and light breakfast for 2 days

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