About us

“Are You Syncopated?!” aims for the sweet spot between a dance and a music festival, focusing on early jazz and swing with a strong emphasis on musicality. This year, we want to reflect the work of the Syncopated Sisters and we have one big headline in the works! We will also be welcoming guests from the USA for a big get-together to celebrate the heritage of jazz culture with a fresh perspective. More details to come soon…

This festival is part of the project Swinging Europe, which is co-funded by the program Creative Europe of the European Commission. Swinging Europe contributes to the development of the Swing Music and Dance Sector in Europe.

Swinging Europe Website ↗

The Syncopation Society

We are a music collective that identifies with a new movement focusing on early American music such as swing, hot jazz, and blues with connections in both Europe and the U.S., particularly in New Orleans. The founding bands of the collective spring from the street and squat culture. We have grown alongside the Berlin dance community and also include dancers, teachers, DJs, and political activists.

We primarily promote musicians who share our dedication to early jazz by providing booking, distribution, and label services. We also offer musical education in these specific styles to keep this music alive and relevant. In this regard, we believe that jazz, and all music derived from blues, have their roots in, and are indeed the creation of, African-American culture. As musicians, we deeply feel the need to give recognition to the creators of the music we perform, the world they lived in, and the struggles they faced personally and professionally due to systemic racism.

Syncopation website ↗

Another important mission of the Syncopation Society is to support women and FLINTA* in their pursuit to play and perform this music. In that regard, we urge you to have a look at the Syncopated Sisters Residency which took place in March 2023.

The Syncopated Sisters residency ↗

Media partners

Festival listed on: 
SWING DANCE FESTIVALS and EXCHANGES WORLDWIDE
SWING PLAN-IT
JAZZ LINK

festival team

Nina
Thaler

Founder

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Florent
Mannant

Developer

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François
Perdriau

Designer

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Katharina
Wegner

Developer

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Jean
Bartolome

Founder

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Giedre
Paplaityte

Designer

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Oliver
Fuhrmann

Designer

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Rumi

Developer

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Laurin
Habert

Music Workshop supervision

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Andrea
Schwemmer

Press Relation

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Oliver
Fuhrmann

Designer

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