“AYS?!” is turning 3!

There’s a lot that goes into making Are You Syncopated?! happen, and we have so many ideas! This year we decided to focus the program on the essence of the festival. But we certainly don’t want to stop mixing things up and challenging ourselves by pushing the envelope on what SWINGING means. After all, we are in Berlin and we will uphold the reputation of this great city: wild and daring.

So what is this year going to be? 

We have another banger of a program this year, one that even the most swing purists will have to admit is worth a visit. Nick Rossi comes all the way from San Francisco with two sidemen and the support of other musicians from the scene to bring his Swing Six to shore. Another big focus of the festival will be the Syncopated Sisters All-Star Band led by Shannon Barnett and Marie-Anne Standaert. This constellation of women will swing hard, leading to a jam session with more jazz cats from the Syncopation Society. Two other bands will be upholding the hot jazz flag this year: the Rufus Temple Orchestra and the Tenement Jazz Band from Scotland! And we still have more surprise music acts to be announced…  

The Venues

We haven’t cut corners in the artistic department for this edition. We have only booked one night at the Säälchen this year (Saturday Night), while the other nights will take place at the Statthaus BöcklerparkOf course, we are making sure that all the venues are easily accessible and fitting for all dancers and listeners.

Dance Workshops

We’ve invited really amazing dance teachers to offer a nice and round solo track where you’ll approach musicality in your dancing with Kelly Issac and Judith Novela & Sussekane from Mozambique. More info here!

Music Workshops

There will also be a music workshop led by some of our guest musicians: Nick Rossi, Kamrin Ortiz, Riley Baker, Marie-Anne Standaert and Shannon Barnett where you will learn a repertoire to perform during the festival. Only one band this year and applications are open!


All the passes have gradual pricing starting at 60€ for the Party Pass, including totally fly dance taster classes (we should even find a new name for these, it will be epic!), community talks, parties and Jam sessions. And you can also write us to ask for the community fund which can lower the cost of your pass.


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This Festival was made possible by the Swinging Europe network, an initiative to promote swing culture, dance and music on a European level.
Now more than ever we support an inclusive Europe and promote this great project – Look it up.

This project is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.