Come and follow Frankie’s steps around Dublin. Join us in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Cotton Club Revue and the arrival of Lindy Hop in Ireland.
Frankie in Dublin
Dublin, 1-3 September 2017
In 1937 Frankie Manning visited Ireland with the Cotton Club Revue; fresh from the success of their European tour of Paris and London, they performed at the Dublin Theatre Royal the week of 30 August to 4 September, introducing Irish audiences to the Lindy Hop.
The Irish swing dance community has come together to celebrate the 80th anniversary of this historic visit, to celebrate Frankie Manning’s legacy and the joy of Lindy Hop. Come and join us for this very special event the weekend of 1 to 3 September 2017.
We will follow in Frankie’s steps and revisit 1937s Dublin, there will be classic Lindy Hop cinema screenings, special guests, great live music, fun activities for all…and lots of social dancing day and night.
The event will be an opportunity for local Lindy Hoppers and dance and jazz enthusiasts to gather and celebrate swing in Ireland, past and present, as well as for international visitors to come and meet the friendly Irish swing dance community.
We hope everyone will ‘abandon themselves whole-heartedly to the primitive ebullience of the Lindy Hop’ and join us for Frankie in Dublin weekend.
In 1937, when Frankie arrived with the Cotton Club Revue, Dublin might not have seemed the most swingin’ city. Just a few years earlier the President of Ireland had supported a Down with Jazz campaign and dance halls had been banned all over the country…and the climate in Europe was not much better. But despite this, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers were proving to be a huge success worldwide and the joy of Swing was spreading like wildfire from Harlem to Paris, London, Dublin and beyond.
A lot has changed since 1937 and Dublin has become a lively multicultural city. Eighty years on the Dublin wing dance scene is thriving. A friendly community of dancers and swing lovers will be happy to welcome you to their city and share some of their favourite spots.
Dublin is easily accessible and has plenty to offer by way of music, food, pubs, culture and the beautiful surroundings of Dublin Bay. The weekend will provide a unique opportunity to discover part of Dublin’s secret swing history.
Here is some tourist information to help you plan your visit if you are coming from further afield. If you need any further information please contact us.
A few tips for accommodation
1. You can try to find a local willing to host you by the classic posting method, try both the Facebook event and the local scene Facebook groups: Dublindy and Boogie Beat Swing. 2. There are plenty of options to be “hosted” using Airbnb.com, they won’t be dancers but you’ll have more freedom as well. 3. Finally, there are hostels and hotels in every corner of this city, so try Booking.com, you probably find something interesting.
We have gathered the best local bands to ensure you will dance your feet off this weekend! We are delighted to announce our guest bands will be Ezee Swing and Dixieland Jazz Band joining us in this celebration of Irish swing.
The Des Hopkins Dixieland Jazz Band
Featuring some of Ireland’s finest professional musicians, over the years The Des Hopkins Dixieland Jazz Band have accompanied many famous international jazz artists.
Led by drummer Des Hopkins, they have had a long association with the Dublin Guinness Brewery and were sponsored by Guinness Ireland from 1986-2003 as Ireland’s Original Guinness Jazz Band. Playing jazz festivals throughout Europe, they have played every Cork Guinness Jazz Festival for over thirty years.
The Des Hopkins Dixieland Jazz Band are in constant demand for corporate events, concerts, society weddings, jazz and swing festivals. Presenting a programme of the great tunes from the Jazz age, ideal for dancing or listening, traditional, swing dixieland, and mainstream standards. The band play with flair, excitement, showmanship, with superb musicianship and exciting vocals.
Currently resident at ‘Sin É’ Dublin every Sunday, the band command an impressive following both here in Ireland, and further afield.
Ezee Swing are: Harvey on Trumpet, Pat on Trombone and vocals, Eamonn on Clarinet/Tenor Sax/Alto Sax and vocals, Tony on Drums and vocals, and Chris on Keyboards and arrangements. Band members have played with Earl Gill and The Hoedowners Showband, the Miami Showband, Jury’s Irish Cabaret and other Big Bands and groups in Dublin. Their sets vary from Swing to Blues, Dixieland and Big Band numbers, but concentrating on people being entertained and enjoying themselves. Eamonn says they look forward to performing at Frankie in Dublin and hope there won’t be too many dancers dropping at the end of the night!
On Saturday we will be visiting the Gas Company Building (currently the Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery). Located on 24 D’Olier street it was built between 1928 and 1934 by Robinson & Keefe and is the best surviving example of Irish Art Deco. We will be stepping right into the architecture of the jazz age, a musical style that was embraced by the Gas Company as we can see in the images of the Harlem on Parade cast during their visit in 1937.
Saturday 2 September, 2-5pm. The Gas Company.
The Teachers’ Club
Friday and Saturday night parties will be held at the Teacher’s Club, a well-loved venue that has hosted a number of international dance events. The venue is set in a beautiful 19th century Georgian house on Parnell Square, in Dublin city centre. Friday and Saturday, 8pm-1am Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square West.
Arthur’s is the nearest pub on the route to The Guinness Storehouse, one of the city’s foremost tourist attractions. It is popular both with locals and tourists. Naturally it has the freshest pint of Guinness in all of Ireland.
Arthurs is a classic Dublin pub, and has been for over 200 years, old style but well appointed. We light a real turf fire everyday, play an eclectic mix of Irish music and have live music sessions in the evenings. We offer wholesome food at reasonable prices, seven days a week. More info
Sunday 3 September, 530pm-late
A special edition of the Summer Swing Picnic for Frankie in Dublin.
Come along and dance on the beautiful bandstand in St. Stephen’s Green! Bring some cookies or home made cakes to share with your friends, lay in the grass and enjoy the Irish sunshine, or dance, dance, dance.
We are organizing some special film screenings and panel discussions, a swing trail and swing picnic -find out all about our special guests and activities:
Cynthia R. Millman studied, partnered, and lectured with legendary Lindy hopper Frankie Manning, and co-authored his memoir, Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop, which has been translated into French, Japanese, and Italian.
She taught dance and performed for over twenty-five years, including five years with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers. She has contributed articles to Dance Magazine, International Encyclopedia of Dance, and African American National Biography, and has served as a consultant on numerous documentaries and publications. Cynthia holds master’s degrees in both dance/dance education and library science, and has been Library Director at The Town School in Manhattan since 1995. She has been a board member of the Frankie Manning Foundation since its inception. Cynthia Millman will be giving a talk on Frankie Manning on Saturday at 2pm in the Gas Company, see Schedule for details.
Over the weekend we will screen a Lindy Hop classic A Day at the Races and we have recently been able to add the first European screening of The Savoy King to our programme.
The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that changed America We are honoured to offer the first European screening of The Savoy King, the award-winning documentary about drummer and swing legend Chick Webb. Chick Webb led the Savoy house band and built the hottest Swing orchestra of the 1930s. He was mentored by Duke Ellington, toured with Louis Armstrong and discovered Ella Fitzgerald, before dying at the age of 30 from spinal tuberculosis. This film immerses us in the origins of swing at the Savoy and is a treat for any swing fan.
“The Savoy King is a vibrant, evocative tribute to an unsung jazz giant, as seen through the eyes of people who knew and loved him, with an all-star voice cast, and wonderful music. I loved every minute of this film.” Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian
A Day at the Races(MGM, 1937, Marx Brothers): this film was showing in the Savoy cinema in Dublin the summer of 1937 and includes the first Lindy Hop scene in a Hollywood film. Fun, music and Lindy Hop in a movie all audiences will love.
Screening on Sunday 3 September in Arthur’s pub, Thomas Street.
Join us following in the steps of Frankie and the Harlem on Parade cast around 1930s Dublin, winding our way from The Savoy cinema (screening A Day at the Races at the time) to the Stephen’s Green swing picnic, and stopping at the site of the Theatre Royal, where Teddy Hill and his orchestra and Whyte’s Hopping Maniacas brought the Lindy Hop to Ireland. Local authour and Theatre Royal historian Conor Doyle and Frankie in Dublin organizer Karen Campos will guide us through this enjoyable walk through Swing Era Dublin.
Conor Doyle Author, radio presenter and Theatre Royal historian. He is Ireland’s leading expert on Dublin’s long-lost Theatre Royal and has assembled an extensive collection of Theatre Royal programmes, photos and film archive. At present Conor is leading the Campaign to have the new pedestrian route across the Hawkins House site named “Theatre Royal Way”.
We will have a limited number of day passes available at the front desk for Friday and Saturday:
– Friday Pass: gives you access to the party on Friday with live music from Ezee Swing. Price 30€
– Saturday pass: Gives you access to Saturday party with Des Hopkins Dixieland Jazz Band AND all the activities at The Gas Company in the afternoon, including screening of The Savoy King & Cynthia Millman Talk! Price: 40€
– Gas Company pass: Gives you access to the activities at the Gas Company during Saturday afternoon, including the screening of The Savoy King & Cynthia Millman Talk! Price: 15€
Access to Swing Picnic on Sunday will be open and free to all. However, the rest of Sunday activities will be accessible with full pass only.
Ticket sales: Open on Friday at 7pm @ the Teacher’s Club.
Our event is a social and learning experience where we want people to feel comfortable, and we aim to provide a harassment-free and safe social dance experience for everyone regardless of dance ability or background, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other characteristics.
We take zero tolerance to harassment in any form: individuals violating these rules may be warned or expelled from the venue at the discretion of the organisers. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any of the event organisers immediately. Ask the sign-in/registration desk if you need assistance locating an organiser.
Harassment includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing or intrusive photography or video recording, inappropriate physical contact, unsolicited affection, sexual images in public spaces, and unwelcome and unreciprocated sexual attention. When asked to stop any harassing behaviour, participants are expected to comply immediately.
Unsafe behaviour includes, but is not limited to, dipping too deeply or without permission; forceful, or “yanking” movements that could cause injury to your partner, excessive use of alcohol, and any form of aerials/air steps without explicit consent, or on a social floor (i.e. outside of a performance or jam circle). It is perfectly acceptable to say no to a dance without reason.
We expect all dancers to do their best to avoid collisions on the dance floor, to apologise if and when such collisions occur, and to ensure that all dancers are all right before continuing dancing. Additionally we expect that dancers to not interfere with others, except when given consent (e.g. in a steal or swapping, or switch dance).
Any individual breaching this code of conduct at an event may expect (depending on the severity):
A verbal warning from an organiser, advising them to change their behaviour
A formal warning from an organiser, stating that any further breaches will be grounds for further action
Ejection from an individual event (e.g. dance, class etc) or overall event (e.g. dance weekend)
Banning from this and all future events run by the organisers
Reporting of their actions to the legal authorities
Any action taken is at the discretion of the event organisers.
If you experience or witness a breach of this code of conduct, the following is what you can expect when you notify an organiser. If you do not initially want action taken, but later change your mind, do not hesitate to contact an organiser.
An organiser will talk you privately in confidence.
The organiser will then document the issue.
They will then ask you how you would like the situation to be handled.
Action will be taken against the individual(s) involved, in line with those listed in the “Breaches” section.
We appreciate your assistance in keeping our events as safe as possible for everyone.
We are a group of dancers, teachers, event organizers and swing lovers from Dublin and overseas who wish to celebrate Lindy Hop, swing and Frankie Manning’s legacy. The project team are Karen, Alan, Patrick, Javier, Clare and Marta who are organizing this event in collaboration with Boogie Beat Swing, Dublindy, Swing Focus and other local volunteers.