What is a Lindy Exchange?
A Lindy Exchange is a gathering organised by a Lindy Hop scene in one city for a few days in order to invite people from other places to experience the city's swing venues and bands, and generally to provide a way for visitors and locals to dance together.
In Cambridge our exchange is small and friendly; we hope that by the end not only will you be danced out and eaten a huge pile of cake but also have made a whole bunch of new friends.
Who can be involved?
Anyone who wants! The exchange is for all Lindy Hoppers, wherever you're from, however long you've been dancing for. We are especially interested in hearing from local dancers who can offer a bit of spare room to host visitors for a few nights.
What about registrations?
Registrations are opening at 7.30pm on the 3rd July. We have tried our very best to make the event as cheap as we possibly can; CLX is not run for profit. As a result, we think most people will probably get a pass for the whole weekend, but you will also be able to come to just the Saturday or Sunday dances by booking tickets in advance (email info @cambridgelindyexchange.co.uk for more details). Prices for individual events will be determined closer to the date, but you can rest assured that the full pass is the best way to go for value, and it is unlikely that extra tickets will be available for the Friday night dance due to space limitations. Since this is an event sponsored by the Cambridge Lindy Hoppers society, members receive a discount when registering for a full pass.
One of the joys of the exchange is meeting new people so we organise hosting so those from out of the city can stay with local dancers. If you've a spare bed, sofa or bit of floor space please let us know and make a dancers day by letting them stay with you. We can't guarantee to find a place for everyone but we try our best!
CLX would not happen without our wonderful volunteers and we are eternally grateful for them for helping out. If you could lend us a little time over the weekend please tell us on the booking form or if you've already registered email us. Unfortunately we cannot give free passes in exchange for doing lots of volunteering; this allows us to keep the costs down for everyone and we would rather lots of people gave an hour or two rather than have guests working all the time rather than having fun dancing!
Where is everything happening?
Here's our handy map to give you an idea of where everything is happening!
St Andrew's Street Baptist Church, 43 St Andrew's St, Cambridge CB2 3AR
Centre at St Paul's, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JP
Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Rd, Cambridge CB4 3NY
The Old Spring, 1 Ferry Path, Cambridge CB4 1HB
If you need to drive into Cambridge see the above map for the nearest car parks or read what the city council has to say about parking. On street parking is available payable by meters or is free in the evenings, although you are urged to check the signs nearest to the parking space as times can change even one side of the road to the other. There is also Park and Ride service suitable for the daytime activities. Parking is available on site at Chesterton Community College, limited parking is available at The Old Spring.