Stockholm Blues Fest 2016: The Retreat

WELCOME to the 7th annual Stockholm Blues Fest!

An extra long weekend of inspiring workshops with international blues teachers and late night blues parties - away from the city! This year there will be more time for connection on and off the dance floor than ever before, and more time than ever to truly immerse into the Blues. Over the Ascension Day 5-8th of May (swedish: Kristi Himmelsfärd) long weekend, we stay at the beautiful Tvetagården hostel nestled between forest and a lake just outside the town of Södertälje. Approximately 1 hour by public transport (or 30 minutes by car) from Stockholm. Forget about the outside world for a while, and dance into the night!

We are happy to present:
Ruth Evelyn (Boston, U.S.) who will be teaching along with Vera Salvisberg (Zürich, Switzerland)
Justin Riley (Portland, U.S) who always brings out the dance within us.

We are also very happy to present our very own Lisa Josefsson (Stockholm, Sweden), who will be teaching solo classes.

Eight hours of blues classes, plus at least two hours of complementary solo classes, spread between Thursday and Sunday.
There will be two levels, and you should have some previous blues dance class experience before coming to the camp. You do not choose a level at sign-up; two levels will be assigned based on an audition on Friday.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with great live musicians, all with dancing until late!

5-8th of May, early afternoon Thursday until afternoon/early evening Sunday.

If you want to join the classes on Thursday, it would be safest to aim to arrive at the latest at 14:00, though an hour later may be viable. If you are early, there will be activities, fika, people and stuff to help out with! The camp will officially end around 15:00 on Sunday, but an after-party might happen - keep an eye on our website or facebook page!

We have worked hard to keep the event affordable, so we are able to offer you the following:
2500 SEK for (shared) hostel room accommodation*
2000 SEK for campers, bringing their own tent
for the workshop, the parties, the stay AND meals^ included!


This very low price is based on all participants being ready to help out with some of the tasks needed to make the camp go around! Help us put the breakfast items on the tables, or maybe empty some wastebaskets? And all are expected to take some part of the final clean-up. By sharing the workload everyone will have plenty of time to both enjoy the dancing and relax!

The rooms have between 3 and 6 beds. There will be an online spreadsheet for camp participants to organize the room sharing

*Dinner Thursday, breakfast, lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday, breakfast and lunch Sunday included! Always with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Please tell us about allergies at , and we will do our best to accommodate your needs!

We are also recruiting a kitchen team, that will be in charge of cooking dinner + doing some of the breakfast preparations and some catered lunch food handling, led by an experienced camp chef. The team will miss approximately half the classes, but will in return get a reduction in participation fee of 2000 SEK - that is, if they camp they will be able to participate for 0 SEK, and if they prefer to stay in the hostel they will only pay 500 SEK. If you are interested, please contact us at prior to registering!

For more information on teachers, schedule, bands etc. please look at our Facebook event, where we will keep posting more info:
or, for inspirational photos from previous Blues Fests >>

QUESTIONS AND CONTACTS (including payment issues from abroad)
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