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


The spirit of swing at the Cité du livre

An exhibition on the culture of Swing: Jazz, fashion, history, great figures ...

The Aixtraswing association invites you on a journey into Jazz from the 1920s to 1940s with a poster exhibition entitled: The Spirit of Swing.

In those years, the Jeans / T-shirt fashion was not yet the norm, the dance craze hit the youth in the 4 corners of the United States and made them bounce, hop  and jump to the Lindy hopin crowded dance halls.

Why? Well, probably because the population marked by the 1st world war then the 1929 crisis and then the rise of 2nd world war tried to believe in a better future. As a result, the joy of living the music and making the wildest dances that ever existed made the Swing!

The return to the music and dances of the 1930s is more than a trend, it is a genuine cultural movement.

This exhibition offers an overview of the main artists, the historical context in which they evolved, the innovations brought by swing craze (fashion, dance, way of playing music) in the 1st half of the 20th century.

The journey also raises  the race question in the United States, the need to live together in our modern and globalized lives.

Exhibition commissionner : Louis Ergoswing
Literature search: Aixtraswing Volunteers
Graphic design : Antoine G. & Emmanuelle D.


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