This post should have been written by our guest writer, Swingship Enterprise captain Djanko LaForge, but he got stuck in the other galaxy where time bends and folds in a strange way, so as far as he’s concerned, this event didn’t happened yet.
For the rest of us, it was almost a month ago. It’s been five years since Zagreb had started to swing. For the last three years Back To Swing Zagreb has been celebrating it somewhere in the spring. The idea is the same: to gather teachers from the “neighbourhood” and prepare an eventful weekend with relaxed taster classes and parties. Our swing scene is in fact very young and small, at least compared with other neighboring countries, but it’s growing and swing dances are becoming more and more popular. It’s very addictive in so many ways, so it’s not unusual to see people transform from: “Oh, I’m just here for a little fun” to: “OMG, I have to learn everything and dedicate my life to that” in a very short time.
The same thing happened to Vedran and me when we started dancing about three years ago. We gave ourselves a two-month trial period, but it just grew on us.
The weekend started with a taste of grill on Thursday during regular weekly party, which was perfect as an intro to a weekend. Friday took place in Pivana, Saturday in a Spoon restaurant and Sunday was reserved for the well known Vinyl, where, besides the dancing and friendly gathering, the 2nd edition of Fast Lindy Poetry Contest took place. So, you had the whole weekend to write a song and drop it in a box. Then the Chairman of the Poetry Contest and his assistant would read the poems and give diplomas to best of them. There were three categories: standard, deep shit and haiku. Vedran and I were honored to win the “deep shit category” (shared 1st place), even though the competition was really tough.
I won’t say no more, because this time Bruno Papić made a movie out of it, so – enjoy!
We’ll end with a poem:
Sometimes I lead
and sometimes I follow,
I’ll lend you my partner
and yours I will borrow.