Swinging Europe’s history

It all started during a trainride to Copenhagen Airport.

Birgit Vinge looked at Erik Moseholm and said: “Let’s do something!”

The conversation soon blossomed and before they reached the airport, it became increasingly clear: Birgit Vinge would fund the money if Erik Moseholm brought the project ideas to the table.

The plan was to collect young musicians from all over Europe and give them an artistic standpoint in an exclusive band.

The first year was 1996 and the project was called BIMWO – Brande International Music Workshop. The success of the project inspired a sense of motivation, and most of the following year, Birgit Vinge could be found in the hallways in Brussels, where she tried to raise additional funds from the EU.

From 1998 the European jazz orchestra European Jazz Orchestra – EJO – became a reality, and in 2005, the international network, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) became involved in the project, in which they were responsible for choosing the best musicians to play in the European jazz orchestra . European Jazz Orchestra lasted until 2013. In 2001, the project PLAY! GROUND LIVE was added to the portfolio, and the list of projects has become ever expanding ever since.

New Times Call for New Initiatives

After many years of working specifically with jazz music at an European level, which the European Jazz Orchestra project was the epitome of, Swinging Europe has expanded our position and expertise to work with interdisciplinary cultural projects at both a local, regional, national and international level.

Swinging Europe arose from a special love of jazz and music in general and one of our main goals is still to develop musical talents. We still work with jazz music, but today we engage with all musical genres in an attempt to break with the traditional genre definitions.

From the beginning of 2015, Marie Lilholt has been in the driver’s seat as CEO of Swinging Europe and is responsible for implementing new projects based on the institution’s history.



Fantastiske nyheder! Vi er absolut kun glade i låget over at være én af samarbejdspartnerne i et nyt, fantastisk Creative Europe-støttet projekt med titlen LIBERTY!

EU-projektet LIBERTY vil fokusere på unge kunstnere og unges opfattelse af Europas fælles fremtid. Projektet giver unge kunstnere fra forskellige lande - på tværs af teater, musik, billedkunst og spoken word - mulighed for at mødes, samarbejde og dele inspiration.

LIBERTY løber fra september 2019 til december 2022 på tværs af ti europæiske lande, der kulminerer med en større paneuropæisk LIBERTY-festival, der løber fra maj til oktober 2022! 📅🎭🎼🎨🎤

Èn ting er helt sikkert - vi ser absolut kun frem til det kommende samarbejde! ☺️ 🙌

Den fulde liste over partnere i LIBERTY er: ArtReach (ENG), altonale/Altonale GmbH (Tyskland), MUBA - Museo dei Bambini Milano (Italien), CESIE (Italien), Teatrul Național Radu Stanca Sibiu (Rumænien), Aalborg Karneval (Danmark), Centar E8/CENTAR ZA PROMOCIJU ZDAVNH STILOVA ZIVOTA UDRUZENE (Center E8) (Serbien), CNC Danse (Nathalie Cornille Company) (Frankrig), Pionirski dom - Center za kulturo mladih(Slovenien), DSI Swinging Europe (Danmark), Trafo House of Contemporary Arts, The Palace of Arts (Ungarn), EEE-YFU/European Educational Exchanges – Youth for Understanding (Belgien). #LIBERTY #CreativeEurope
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