About ARH festival
Athens Rhythm Hop was organised for the first time on March 2015 by Vassia Panagiotou & Avgoustions Tran. The event was a long due project and a dream come true for the organisers who wanted to introduce their local scene to the international lindy hop community and bring some of the best instructors and musicians of the Swing Dance scene to their city. From the very first edition, the event was very successful and was sold out in a few months!
The festival happens every year since then and includes classes, parties, live music, shows and competitions. Although it is quite new in the history of Swing Dance festivals all over the world, ARH seems to be already one of the favourites in the Lindy hop community attracting more than 500 dancers every year.
During the last 4 years, the event has hosted some of the world famous teachers among which are Skye Humphries, Frida Segerdahl, Felipe Braga, Alice Mei, Felix Berghäll, Egle Regelskis, Jacob Bergelin, Anna Forss and more.
The event venue, located in the center of the city, is a spacious, artistic building with various rooms for classes, wooden floor, and a cafe/restaurant that allows participants to have a quick bite and a coffee between classes.
The festival is focused on promoting swing music and every year they invite some of the best European Swing bands like Shirt Tail Stompers and Carolina Reapers, who create a special atmosphere and spread the energy to dance all night long. In addition to the band music, the hosts confide in the best Djs to keep everyone on the dance floor until the sun comes up!
Last but not least, Athens is known for the history, the sights, the amazing views and the hospitality. It is the festival’s tradition to welcome all foreign dancers with the Athens Rhythm Hop tour of the city on Thursday afternoon. The tour attracts many dancers every year who get to see some of the city’s favourite spots and stroll around with the local team.