HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts and shows in Canberra
CANBERRANG, inspired by the biggest swing dance camp in the world, is back in town for four days, where swing dancers from Australia and abroad will dance around the ACT.
Presented by Jumptown Swing, Canberrang brings together swing dancers for ten separate dance events, with a lineup of eight live jazz bands from around the country, as well as top swing DJs and it includes a variety of performances, balls and public demonstrations.
Over the course of four days, dancers will “swing around the world”, with its adventure theme inspired by Jules Verne’s classic “Around the World in 80 Days”, and a steampunk inspired take on the 1930s heyday of the Orient Express, ocean liners and zeppelin travel.
On the Saturday (August 5) 100 dancers are expected to fill Garema Place at 11.30am for a free family friendly event, which will also feature CBR Big Band, a fresh new big band on the Canberra scene.
President of Jumptown Swing Liam Honer says: “Each year hundreds of dancers join us in Canberra to take part in Canberräng and this year is no exception. This year, we’re going to be travelling around the world in style.”
Other Canberräng 2017 events include:
- Barrel Rolls on the Bund (Thursday, August 3, 7.30pm) at CMAG featuring local Canberra band 5th Avenue.
- London Calling (Friday, August 4, 7.30pm) at Albert Hall featuring the Michael McQuaid Savoy Four (Melbourne).
- The Venetian Masquerade Ball (Saturday, August 5, 7.30pm) at the National Film and Sound Archive featuring Sara Jeanne and the City Gents (Sydney).
- Come Fly With Me (Sunday, August 6, 11am) at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston, a FREE event for the public to enjoy.