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.

Music

Swinging Europe has music as one of its main focus areas.

Talent Development

Swinging Europe is engaged in working with talent development of young musicians in the age group of 15 – 25

Culture

Swinging Europe works with cultural projects on both a regional, national and international level.

MEET THE TEAM

Marie Lilholt

Marie Lilholt

Executive Director
Cüneyt Pala

Cüneyt Pala

Project Manager & Coordinator
Steen N. Storm Mikkelsen

Steen N. Storm Mikkelsen

Project Manager
Anne Sophie Parsons

Anne Sophie Parsons

Project Manager & Fundraiser

MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS

Niels Overgård

Niels Overgård

Chairman
Chairman of Swinging Europe’s board

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.

Birgit Jonassen

Birgit Jonassen

Vice Chairman

Former First Deputy Mayor and Disability Council Chairman

Ernst B. Knudsen

Ernst B. Knudsen

Board Member

City Council member appointed to Swinging Europe’s board by Herning Municipality
▪ Previous entrepreneur ▪
Other Roles:
▪ Board member of Ensemble MidtVest
▪ Board member of Team Theater
▪ Board member of Skov Olesen’s Plantation

Anne Damsgaard

Anne Damsgaard

Board Member
Former correspondent, currently working as a PA in DK Company A/S, specialising in ad hoc work
Uffe Birk

Uffe Birk

Board Member
Musician, photographer and creative Swiss knife
Morten Mosgaard

Morten Mosgaard

Board Member
Head teacher at Margrethe Reedtz School and musician
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