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Four nights of social dance fun!

Choose a night or come to it all! Please note, Saturday night is the only night with a taster dance class this year.

Ōtepoti Blues Sessions

Ōtepoti Blues Sessions


For years Blues dancers have been pushed into the small hours of the night. We thought it was about time that Blues dancers got pride of place with an actual evening event. We are kicking off this year's event with The Little Eddies Blues Band. Some of Dunedin's best musicians are knocking out the tunes to get this party started. 

Cash bar

Doors open: 7:30pm
Band: The Little Eddies Blues Band
Location: Adjo, 333 George Street
Ticket Price: $20 + BF (or included in your full festival pass)

Friday Welcome Brunch

10:30am | Joe's Garage

Break your fast with friends. We'll book the table if you pay your own bill!
RSVPs will be required for this event.

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Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women in Jazz

Documentary screening | 2pm | Location TBC

This 80 minute documentary film concentrates on the contributions of American women instrumentalists in jazz from the early 1920s to the 1970s and the development and extent of the all-woman jazz groups. LADY BE GOOD captures the lost stories of female jazz musicians in provocative and often humorous interviews with women musicians, big band leaders, jazz authors and historians, Musician and composer Patrice Rushen guides us through these exciting histories with rare photos, previously unseen film and television footage, and scarce recordings.

Writer/Director: Kay Dray

A Swing Riot

A Swing Riot


Right in the spot where the 1925 NZ and South Seas International Exhibition was housed – we will shuffle our socks off in the Sargood Centre. Skin & Bone will rattle out those cobwebs and get you ready for a weekend of learnin' and socialisin'.

Cash bar. Catering Provided.

Doors open: 7:30pm
Band: Skin and Bone (8pm)
Location: Sargood Centre, 40 Logan Park Drive
Ticket Price: $40 + BF - or included in your full festival pass.

There is no taster dance class for this event. Check out the Saturday night event which has a free taster dance class at the start of the night.

The Glenroy Ball

The Glenroy Ball

WITH FREE TASTER DANCE CLASS and the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra

7:00pm Taster Class | 8:00pm Band

The Glenroy Auditorium is part of the Dunedin Town Hall complex (The Dunedin Centre) which dominates the town's centre, the Octagon.  

Whether you're a seasoned dancer or simply love big band jazz, this event is for you.

New to dance? A taster class to teach you the basics opens the event at 7:00pm.

Catering provided - Cash Bar
Doors: 6:30pm (Band starts at 8:00pm)
Taster dance class for absolute beginners: 7 - 8pm
Music: The Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra
Location: The Glenroy Auditorium (Town Hall Complex), Harrop Street, Central Dunedin
Ticket Price: $50 + BF or included in a full festival pass

Afterparty – The New Athenaeum
Doors: 11:30pm - No door sales for the afterparty - entry is included in Glenroy Ball ticket or full festival pass
Music: King Leo
Cash Bar

10th Birthday Party

10th Birthday Party



It's been a fab ten episodes of the little festival that could so it's about time we threw some birthday party love its way. Come along and celebrate with us - you wear your best birthday party outfit; we'll bring the cake and the music. Musical chairs anyone?


Details: catering provided, cash bar (EFTPOS facilities available)
Doors: 7:30pm (Band starts at 8:00pm)
Music: Silverlocks (Chch)
Location: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon
Ticket Price: $40 + BF or included in a full festival pass


Afterparty – The New Athenaeum
Doors: 11:30pm - No door sales for the afterparty - entry is included in 10th Birthday Party ticket or full festival pass
Music: King Leo
Cash Bar

Out for the 8 count

Out for the 8 count


"I'll try my best not to cry
By and by
When the final farewells must be spoken."

After the last class on Monday we will have a place to congregate for food and a bevvy. We will have a DJ playing some tunes so you can have a farewell dance or just rest those legs to some familiar tunes.

This is a free event.

Venue: Moons
Time: From 1pm