Welcome to the 1st Dance and Swing Culture Festival in Aix en Provence !


Swinging films

With our partners : l'institut de l'image & la Méjanes library

Kansas city

On the big screen of Institut de l'image

In Kansas City, in 1934, Blondie, to free her husband prisoner of the leader of a black gang, kidnaps the wife of an influential politician …
Nominated for the Cannes film festival in 1996, this Robert Altman’s film is one of his best and absolutely magnificent: it is full of jazz that swings practically throughout the film: a superb cinema experience to live at the institute of the image on the big screen on June 4th !

Screening on June date TBD, 8 PM, in , salle Armand Lunel, at Institut de l’image, La Méjanes,


Selection of swinging films

At the library auditorium

The festival team and the Méjanes media library have selected fifteen films from the biggest names in cinema to perfect your swing culture, some of them will be screened in the auditorium and others in free access to the loan:
Cotton club of Francis Ford Coppola (1984/127 min)
Jimmy’s Hall by Ken Loach (2014) An Irishman back in the country puts on a dance hall and introduces the locals to Lindy Hop
The Jungle Book
The Aristocats
Malcolm X by Spike Lee (1993) (choreographer: Ryan François)
Stormy weather by Andrew L. Stone (1943): Lena Horne, Bill “Bonjangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers
Swing Kids by Thomas Carter (1992 / 1h52) with Julie Oram, godmother of the festival
The Jazz Singer by Alan Crosland (1927) with Al Jolson (Black faces)
The Spirit of St Louis by Billy Wilder (1957) with James Stewart
– …

Find these films on DVD at the library. A selection will be showed during the festival weekend


Hi Swing-spirited People  


The Covid-19/Coronavirus has strongly impacted the Swing dance events scene an dours is no exception: so, we wanted to give you an update on the status of the Spirit of Swing Festival during this uncertainty period.

We’re intending for The Spirit of Swing Festival to happen as planned (the festival isn’t until beginning of June and we hope that this terrible epidemic will subside very soon).

However, our top priority is the health and safety of any attendee to this 1st event and of course of everyone.

So, we monitor the situation from our homes on a daily basis and we will decide what to do in the coming weeks with others volunteers and partners on the basis of the epidemic evolution and health official oganizations recommendations.

We’re hoping that this great morale booster that is the Swing Spirit (would it be on film, in music and of course in dance) is with you already and if not we will share posts about our progress, our festival, our partners to help you get or keep a high Swing Spirit.

For now, our team of volunteers works posters and cultural exhibitions.

We keep on being excited and keep up the good work to be ready for The Spirit of Swing to rise among everyone here in Aix en Provence !

The Spirit of Swing Festival organization

#staysafe #supportmedicalteams #keepuptheswingspirit