About Swinging Europe
The self-governing Swinging Europe is a nonprofit organisation located in Herning Municipality. DSI Swinging Europe has been working internationally with art and culture since 1998. With music as one of our primary focus areas, we create artistic and cultural projects and activities through our primary efforts that include culture, music and talent development centered on young people aged 18-25.
We prioritise efforts to develop and participate in cultural cooperation both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, by creating a solid foundation for exploring cultural projects. This concerns not only young talented musicians, but also the local community and society as a whole.
Among the local initiatives that strengthen the art and cultural scene of Herning municipality, Swinging Europe contributes annually to Kultur i Mørket (Culture in the Dark), which is a collaboration between all cultural organisations and institutions in Kulturgården. We also play a part in Spil Dansk Uge (Play Danish Music Week), a national week dedicated to Danish music.
Regionally, Swinging Europe facilitated and organised Gullestrup Byfestival in 2016, where we coordinated, planned and arranged a festive day of live music, activities and events that included and activated local residents of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
At an international level, projects like PLAY!GROUND LIVE, the Nordic pilot project PLAY!GROUND LIVE NORDIC, NIMPE, Culture ShoX and the European Jazz Orchestra to expand and create a strong foundation for international and interdisciplinary collaboration. The projects furthermore support young talented musicians in their effort to engage in the national, as well as international music scene.
Swinging Europe wishes to contribute to developing and facilitating unity in Herning Municipality, which possesses networks, knowledge and skills in and outside Denmark, enabling cooperation in arts and culture across professional, geographical and age-defined borders.
To be a significant international factor in creating cultural synergy across borders.
Swinging Europe has music as one of its main focus areas.
Swinging Europe is engaged in working with talent development of young musicians in the age group of 15 – 25
Swinging Europe works with cultural projects on both a regional, national and international level.
MEET THE TEAM
Project Manager & Coordinator
Steen N. Storm Mikkelsen
Anne Sophie Parsons
Project Manager & Fundraiser
MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS
Writes about and reviews jazz at jazznyt.com.
Facilitates jazz concerts at Fermaten through the jazz club MoorJazz
Eager vinyl collector and concert frequenter
Outside the jazz world, works as a nurse.
Former First Deputy Mayor and Disability Council Chairman
Ernst B. Knudsen
City Council member appointed to Swinging Europe’s board by Herning Municipality
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