So it’s almost here – Birmingham’s very first Lindy Exchange
A lot of people have asked me what a ‘Lindy Exchange’ is. My response, simply, is to tell them that a Lindy Exchange is our chance to show off the city of Birmingham to visiting dancers. To show people new to Birmingham not just a great time dancing, but to show them what a great city our dance scene belongs to.
So, if you’re new to Birmingham, what should you do while you’re here next weekend. Obviously as Exchange organisers we’ve put together a few things ourselves, but don’t limit yourself to our schedule. Birmingham has much to offer over the Exchange weekend.
If you’re around Birmingham on Friday afternoon, call in to Cannon Hill Park and go find the bandstand between 2pm and 4pm. We’ll have music and dancing with DJ ColoNel Swing (a local Brummie legend). Cannon Hill Park is also home to The Mac (formerly Midlands Arts Centre), so if you’re out and about make sure to check it out.
If you’re looking for something a little more city centre, a delightful little coincidence of our Exchange weekend is that it coincides with the Jewellery Quarter Festival, which kicks off the same day our Exchange does. The Festival will be holding a Street Food Market at Golden Square from 4pm, accompanied by live acts and activities in and around the Quarter.
On Friday night, of course, we host The Schwings, a very popular swing band from Lithuania, in the beautiful setting of Birmingham’s botanical gardens in Edgbaston.
Quite a big day planned for Saturday. Join us in Hampton by Hilton on Broad Street at 12.30pm for a talk and discussion about swing dancing, swing dancing in the West Midlands, and swing dancing in general.
From Broad Street we’ll take a walk down to Brindley Place where we’ll once again have an opportunity to catch The Schwings playing from 2-3pm. We’ll also have dancing in the Aston University Student Union hall from 2.30 – 4pm, so even if the weather’s not so nice you’re covered.
If you’re looking for something a little different, the Jewellery Quarter Festival continues all day Saturday with food stalls and live acts, including the Grey Goose Blues Band playing from 4-6pm.
Saturday night join us again at Aston Students Hall we’re we’ll be dancing the night away to the Jim Wynn Swing Orchestra. It will be a great night, and if, at night’s end, you still have some energy left, NEVER FEAR. We’re going to head back into town for a late night party at Cogs Bar, Birmingham’s one and only Steampunk themed bar. There we’ll dance until the wee hours of the morning to our favourite swingin’ tunes.
After our late Saturday night, you might be tempted to sleep in a little on Sunday. But if you can get yourself out of bed by lunchtime, head on down to the Mailbox and catch the Jerry Senfluk Quartet.
Of interest to vintage lovers Sunday afternoon also plays host to Birmingham’s annual Vintage Bike Ride, departing from St Paul’s Square. Head to the Square at about 1 – 1.30pm to catch the action.
Sunday evening we say farewell with our final dance of the weekend at the dark Horse in Moseley. The no. 50 bus from the city centre, Birmingham’s, possibly the UK’s, maybe evenn the WORLD’s most popular bus route, will get you there. Here we’ll feature Martyn Nelson and his Rhythm Remedies and a variety of guest DJs playing from 5-8pm. Of course, while you’re in Moseley, check out the main street, with an array of pubs, coffee houses and restaurants. It really is one of the coolest places to visit in Birmingham.
We’ll see you all next week, and if you get a chance, come say hello. I’d love to meet you and have a dance.