SWOP Festival 2nd-6th of May 2024


9+ years / from 3rd grade

Out of the Box (NL)

Physical, acrobatic and joyful performance about being limited but creative by The100Hands

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3+ years / Daycare

It's Hot It's Not (GB/BE)

A fun and physical performance about the weather by Reckless Sleepers

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6+ years / from 0th grade

The Lava Forest (NO)

A playful and fabulating performance in a sensuous scenography by Ingri Fiksdal

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10+ years / from 4th grade

Knotting Connections (DK)

An interactive performance installation about tying the ends together by Charlotte √ėstergaard and Linh Le

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All ages

Molar (Cat)

A performance for everyone who knows about happiness and dance by Quim Bigas Bassart

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All ages

Unicorns (NO/DK)

A performance for everyone who loves magic by the dance collective Nordlys

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All ages

Nesting (DK)

Nestling, Nestbuilder come. Come and braid branches and undergrowth, roof and ground cover.

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7+ years / 1st grade

What can it do - and what should it do? (DK)

A sparklingly fresh physical fantasy about surviving in the civilised world ‚Äď with wildness intact.

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13+ years / 7th grade

Forces (BE)

A hypnotic performance of primal power and technology by Bloom Project

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14+ years / 8th grade

Ultra (BE)

A performance about masculinity with youngsters on stage by fABULEUS and Reut Shemesh Company

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1-5 years / Daycare

Gro(w) (DK)

A performance about growth and growing up by Tiny Dancer and Aaben Dans

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12+ years / from 6th grade

Transpor-tation Dance (NO)

A participatory performance workshop with Martin Slaatto

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Nesting (DK)

Nestling, Nestbuilder come. Come and braid branches and undergrowth, roof and ground cover.

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Knotting Connections, come-and-go (DK)

An interactive performance installation about tying the ends together by Charlotte √ėstergaard and Linh Le

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Connect (DK)

Connect is an invitation for curious and playful children and adults.

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All ages

Food and drink

Karibu and WokNation provide food and drinks during the festival.

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Videos from this year's SWOP

Take a look at videos from this year's SWOP Festival

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For Professionals

Assitej Workshop

Against all odds, international collaborations and green-transition.

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Dance on Screen

A screening of five unique, international dance films together with the winning films from the high school screendance competition 2023

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For professionals

Seminar: The Regenerative Power Of Art

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Concert with Replika (DK)

Young, local band energises S√łjlepladsen with an energetic rock concert.

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All ages

Workshop: Learn the SWOP Dance

Learn this year's SWOP Dance created by 4 youth centres in Roskilde Municipality.

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All ages

My digital body (DK)

Join the fun at Dansepladsen, when The Museum of Contemporary Art brings a digital sculpture to life and explores it with the physical (and digital) body.

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Concert with The Emergency Aid Orchestra (DK)

The emergency Aid Orchestra is an orchestra that works to strengthen respect and empathy through music.

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All ages

SWOP Dance

Young people from youth centres in Roskilde Municipality are performing this year's SWOP dance.

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Welcome to SWOP - International Dance Festival for Children and Young People 2024

We have made a fantastic programme of dance performances from Denmark and Europe, for people of all ages. Whether you’re 1, 6 or 17 years old, SWOP has a performance for you. And they’re all suitable for adults too.

We hereby launch the performances of this year’s programme. You can look forward to our updates as more activities are added to the programme. Ticket sales starts on March 4th. All tickets are free!

If you are a professional guest who would like to watch performances at SWOP, you can read more and sign up for our professional festival programme here…

About SWOP

SWOP is a festival that’s all about swopping and exchanging like crazy! Swopping performances, ideas and knowledge across regional, national and international borders and of course… swopping dance moves!
SWOP Festival is an international dance festival in Roskilde for children and young people.  The festival is biannual and has existed since 2012. It offers a wide range of performances from around the world as well as a wealth of different activities.
Do you want to be part of the SWOP family? Become a volunteer! Read more…
Read more about SWOP

More info

Tickets for SWOP are free of charge and must be booked directly through our website.
Booking opens on March 4th.
The SWOP app

Download the SWOP app to get a good overview of the festival programme. The app has a map of the festival’s venues and you can like your favourite performances and activities to get them in one place.

Practical info about venues

It is generally possible to walk and cycle in Roskilde. All venues are within cycling and walking distance from each other. Check Google Maps for more info. If you want to take the train and/or bus to and in Roskilde, you can find more info on Rejseplanen.

Aaben Dans
Address: Rabalderstræde 10, 4000 Roskilde.
Info about transport, parking and access for disabled people here. There is a toilet at Aaben Dans that is accessible for people with disabilities.

Roskilde Library
Address: Dronning Margrethes Vej 14, 4000 Roskilde
Info about accessibility for people with disabilities here and parking here. There are toilets at Roskilde Library.

Musicon: Including Hal 9, S√łjlepladsen, Kunstsmedjen and Roskilde Festival H√łjskole
Hal 9: Lydmuren 18, 4000 Roskilde
S√łjlepladsen: Penselstr√łget 44, 4000 Roskilde
Kunstsmedjen: Bagtæppet 8, 4000 Roskilde
Roskilde Festival H√łjskole: Basgangen 20, 4000 Roskilde
There is wheelchair access at all venues. Info about parking here. There are toilets at all venues.

Address: Stændertorvet 1, 4000 Roskilde.
It is possible to get around with a wheelchair. Info about parking here. There are toilets (including a disabled-friendly one) on the square.

Become a volunteer
Every year the festival has a wonderful team of volunteers who help out during the festival with a variety of tasks.
Read more about volunteering at SWOP here…
If you are interested in volunteering or just want to hear more, please contact our volunteer manager Danielle at danielle@aabendans.dk.
For professional guests
We are looking forward to seeing you in Roskilde when SWOP Festival unfolds a beautiful dance ‚Äď and art programme for the young audiences and the rest of us.
We have carefully planned a tour-de-SWOP for you and the other professionals where you will be able to attend all performances during the weekend May 3rd-5th.
Read more and sign up for our professional festival programme here…
Roskilde Kommune, Roskilde Kommune: “pulje til kultur- og idr√¶tsarrangementer i Roskilde”, Danish Arts Foundation, Projektst√łtteudvalget for Scenekunst: Kvalitetsudviklingsprojekter p√• egnsteatre, William Demant Fonden, Augustinusfonden, Roskilde Kommunes Musikbypulje, The A.P. Moller Foundation and a private sponsor.