For the second time, the “Black Forest Kizomba Days” took place in a new and larger location in Horb am Neckar. Just over 200 guests from Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich, Freiburg, Switzerland and France visited the small and limited event in the northern Black Forest. In particular, the new location and the good balance made the event something unique.

A report by Maria Nieleck

Former barracks becomes a dance floor

After the Horb monastery was already bursting at the seams in the first edition of 2018, the organizers decided to move to a new venue. On a former barracks site, a new and modern event location was created in 2017 – Quartier77 with integrated catering. Rarely do you experience such a complete and consistent service. Both the hotel only 400 meters from the venue, which invites for a walk at a 16-degree outdoor temperature in February, as well as the straightforward, free parking on the huge square in front of the front door was a great pleasure, even before the event has started. With beaming faces, the guests were welcomed, the registration was really good organized, so no long waiting times arose – what a great start!

The integrated restaurant offered over the weekend a great food selection for all tastes. Certain meals were served throughout the whole night. Not only price and performance, but also the extremely well-organized service and fast delivery convinced.

Balanced line up

Workshop VerSus

A colorful mixed line-up offered over 1.5 days a total of 17 workshops and 2 parties. As international dance teachers “VerSus” from Rome as well as Black Cherry & Manu from Paris were invited. The Italian dance teacher couple was well received by the audience, who were already there for the second time. Otherwise, the organizers rely on well-known local and national dance teachers and deejays. “We have excellent teachers and deejays in Germany. We’re happy to support them.”  Besides VerSus, George & Iva from Pack’n’dance, Gregor & Vika, Murmel Plus & Silvi, Dani & Ahmet (AfroMoves) gave workshops in all dance styles: Kizomba Classic, Urban Kiz, Kizomba Fusion, Tarraxinha, Semba and others. The audience was also very mixed, from beginners to very advanced dancers everything was represented. Not only the cream-de-la-cream meets here, but also not so experienced dancers can fully develop here. Therefore the feedback of the guests is not surprising: “unique”, “sensational” and above all “familiar” the organizers of the event got to hear again and again. “Nobody is anonymous here. Here we get to know each other and the mood is very personal,” says a guest.

Excellent mood

Nearly all guests want to come back, already over 40% of the tickets for February 2020 are sold, with an 86% percent repeat rate.

Gregor & Vika – Heiratsantrag

In particular, the good balance between men and women was a decisive factor for the good mood in Horb. Here was not only made advertising with good balance, but actually realized outstanding. Although the organizers value taxi dancers, but only in moderation, two female taxi dancers were also booked for the men. “There are enough gentlemen who do not feel confident enough to ask for a good dancer or are very reserved. We would like to solve this with female taxi dancers, who give these gentlemen a great dance experience.”

A very special highlight of the first evening was the proposal of Gregor to his Vika during the artist’s performance. If that’s not the biggest compliment for an event organizer! But the familiar cohesion and the cooperation of the club members was felt over the entire event, which also invited this time to the cake buffet on Saturday evening. What a wonderful surprise it is when suddenly at midnight a large cake buffet at your disposal is in front of you?!

Spontaneous outdoor workshops

Another highlight was the weather. In contrast to last year, when all Horb threatened to sink in the snow, the guests were rewarded this year with 16 degrees and beautiful sunshine. George recognized the opportunity and spontaneously moved his two workshops outside. So important men styling tips were learned in the open air and in summer clothing.

George’s Workshop open air

Resume

The second “Black Forest Kizomba Days” exceeded their first performance by far. A very successful event that has become an insider tip. A uniquely good balance, a familiar and personal atmosphere and an absolutely top-quality location form the basis for this top event. The carefully selected line-up as well as add-ons such as the free cake buffet or the free drink on the gala evening complete the package.

From 14.-16. February 2020, the 3rd edition takes place and extends until Sunday evening. Boot camps and a long social on Sunday will be offered. Also in attendance are VerSus from Italy, who have established themselves as a solid line up with their Italian charm. New are JP & Stephy and Vie & Sir J. from Paris. Also new is DJ Lionnax from Paris and DJ Malick from Bordeaux, making it the first international DJs at the event.

Early Bird tickets were online one week later and almost sold out. After the excellent reputation of the 2nd edition, one can assume that the 3rd edition will be in great demand

Gallery

Pictures by Alex Reis – Netlax Photography

There is not much to complain about. Already at the second edition, Temple of Kiz came up with an excellent organization, top quality and best mood. Why Temple of Kiz is one of the top-festivals in Europe and has amazed at the passport control at Frankfurt Airport, you can find out here.

Open Air Social until sunset

Even the unique location in form of a pyramid creates a very special atmosphere. The huge, free parking right outside the front door is almost incidental. The desire of the participants to let the social dance take place in the open-air lounge, was implemented by the organization and let the dancers burn under the strong sun, but rewarded with a great view and the possibility to dance in the sunset. Everyone agreed – social outdoors is an absolute highlight of the event.

foto: Photoart Eichin. Workshops

Under pleasantly cooler conditions, the workshops took place on the ground floor of the pyramid. Well-known artists from the first edition such as Hugo & Mariina or Stone’s & Sabine also new artists such as Daniel & Jasmin and others gave high-quality workshops and boot camps in intermediate and advanced levels.

Also in the area of ​​catering the offer was extended. A food truck stood directly in front of the entrance of the pyramid, so that acute hunger could be solved quickly. Stalls for dance shoes and dancewear rounded off the supporting program.

Over 500 participants

The international Deejay line up has consistently played the best Urban Kiz music, both in social and at the parties inside the pyramid. It’s the wrong festival for fans of classic Kizomba or Semba, but Urban Kiz lovers are definitely right here. That’s exactly the vision from the beginning of the organizers Stefanie Pietas and Oliver Eichin, a pure urban Kiz festival without spatial separation of dance floors. Although the number of participants has increased significantly to more than 500 people, the organizers were still able to achieve a satisfying balance. Among other things, nine taxi teams took care of that.

Indian participant is anxious for entry

The mood was consistently positive and the feedback from the participants sensational. At this event, everyone probably went home with a smile and has already marked the date for 2020 in the calendar. Temple of Kiz can rightly calls itself a top event in Germany, Europe and beyond. This is also shown in the story of a participant from India. He had by far the longest journey for this event and got into difficulties with the entry, because at first the employees at passport control did not want to believe that he only wanted to travel to Germany because of a dance festival. We look forward to seeing which international guests the event will attract in 2020.

Conclusion

Almost nothing can be improved here. The location, organization, quality of the artists and Deejays, all together make a perfect mix and makes Temple of Kiz an event highlight of Urban Kiz scene.

Link to facebook event

June is coming and beside the Summer Sensual Days in Rovinj there are further more interesting festivals. For those who want to decide spontanousely, will find a detailed list below. Five festivals will take place in Germany, ten in France. If you want to combine Kizomba with holidays, you should have a look to the festival in Malta.

For Semba fans there is “Semba no pe” in Lissabon, Portugal. And all Salsa and Bachata lovers will find some offers about mixed festivals. So June offers for everyone a suitable event.

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The results of our first online survey about festivals have been evaluated. In this article we want to show you some of the results. The winner is clearly a suitable location and a good balance between men and women. Which factors are also far ahead and which are surprisingly behind, you will learn in this report.

Datas and facts about the participants

298 people participated the online survey. In each case we asked the gender, the level of dancing skills, which festival size is preferred, the prioritization of the festival content and how many festivals are visited per year. In addition, each participant could select five of 12 possible features that are most important to them at festivals:

  • festival size
  • ticket price
  • popularity and quality of the teachers
  • popularity and quality of the DJs
  • a wide range of workshops (different styles, levels)
  • presence of taxi dancers
  • shows
  • social dance
  • a nice and suitable location (ambience, quality of dance floor, parking possibilities etc.)
  • balance men/women
  • Internationality (teachers, DJs, guests)
  • all in one service (accommodation deals, catering service, shuttles, etc.)

gender and dance level

The 298 survey participants are spread over 172 women and 126 men. 7 people rated themselves as beginners / improvers, 91 as intermediates, 166 as advanced and 34 as master / teacher. Of  298 participants, 118 attend up to five festivals per year, 107 attend between five and ten festivals annually, and 73 attend more than ten per year.

Priority of festival content

148 participants (50%) stated that both – dancing and workshops – are important to them. 135 participants (strong 45%) put their emphasis purely on dancing itself. Only 15 persons (5%) attach importance mainly to workshops and possibility to practice. The trend is therefore pure dance festivals, without a workshop program, as well as festivals with workshop program.

Small and middle-sized festivals are trendy

Priority of festival size

Even though big festivals with more than 1000 participants are well known and well visited, medium-sized (250-750) and small-sized (up to 250) festivals are still very popular. A more personal atmosphere is one of the main reasons. Also a better balance between men and women, which is difficult to achieve at major events.

Location and balance are ahead

A beautiful location and the balance between women and men are at the top prioritization of festival features. A beautiful and suitable location with ambience and appropriate floor is for 68% of all respondents one of the most important features. The second most important feature is a good balance between women and men which received 65% of high importance. Not? Surprisingly, Social Dance, which has been in increasing demand during recent years, takes the third place, ahead of the popularity and quality of Deejays. This is a clear sign of the expansion of social dance, which has already been observed over the past two years.

Overall evaluation

The ticket price is on the fifth place. Only 50% say this is one of the key decision-making features, showing that more emphasis is placed on other characteristics. 44% of all respondents attach great importance to the booked dance teachers and primarily affects those participants who feel that workshops are important.

The service around a festival is not to be underestimated. Accommodation, shuttle service or complete packages are considered by 33% of the respondents as very important. Especially for people who visit more than five festivals a year and don’t want to deal with all-round planning. The more festivals are visited, the easier the organization of the festival trip should be. A recommendation for organizers is, among other things, complete packages that include both – ticket and hotel accommodation – and, if necessary, shuttle service. The minimum service should be the mention of hotels in the vicinity of the location as well as contact details. Participants who have to do their own research and organization could possibly stay away.

At about 20%, the festival’s size, the variety of workshops and surprisingly far behind, the internationality of the event and the presence of taxi dancers takes place. Since balance is generally felt to be very important, it is surprising that the presence of taxi dancers is not considered as much important. The result shows that the participants want a good balance, but not necessarily through the use of “too many” taxi dancers.

With not even one vote, the shows are in last place. Although the performances are often a great complement and a way for the artists to present themselves and their skills, it is not among the top 5 priorities of a festival for any participant. Especially as the participants prefer to dance themselves. This trend can already be seen at many festivals and the show performances are drastically shortened or no longer offered at all.

Priorization of the gender

Comparison of women and men priorities

The biggest difference between women and men is logically the balance. For women, balance at 85% is the most important criteria at a festival, followed by the location. But even for men, the balance at 38% is still in sixth place and shows that men also enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, rather than dancing in chord with the waiting ladies. It also shows that women place more value on the presence of taxi dancers, but by no means are as important as other traits. With just 32%, the presence of taxi dancers is just before the shows, the festival size, the variety of workshops and the internationality.

Priority of men

Priority of women

Men, on the other hand, are at 78%, a good location in first place, followed by popular and quality deejays and social dance opportunities.

For organizers, this means paying more attention to a good balance without using too many taxi dancers. Especially this task is not easy and becomes more difficult the bigger the event is. In addition, social dance is becoming increasingly important. Events that do not yet offer social dance should take a closer look at this opportunity for future events.

Social Dance gets high priority

Especially with the participants, whose priority is dancing itself, the social dance has very high priority. Increasingly, organizers report that guests only want to come to social dance. Social Dance is in line with the location of this group. The most important feature for the women is again the balance, which is logical, since they do not want to wait long for a dance partner at the edge. For the pure dancers, the Deejay selection is also important. Organizers who focus on dancing should focus on the popularity and quality of the Deejay selection and create social dance opportunities as long as possible.

Group evaluation: priority dancing

On the other hand, if we consider the group which emphasizes both dancing and workshops, well-chosen dance teachers are far ahead. But the social dance potential in this group is not rated as highly. For this, more emphasis is placed on a wide selection of workshops. In this group as well, women attach great importance to a good balance, among other things so that they do not have to attend the workshops without training partners. If necessary, organizers can work here with guest dancer, who help out during workshops.


Group evaluation: priority dancing and workshops

Resume

Whoever wants to organize a top festival, no matter if small, medium or large, can score with a nice and suitable location and a good balance between men and women and thus possibly stand out from the many competitors. It is important that the balance does not necessarily have to be compensated by taxi dancers, but this will be a challenge for event organizers. An alternative could be guest dancer, who have to help out during workshops. The quality of the deejays and teachers is more important to potential participants than the ticket price. An absolute must is the offer of a social dance. Many talk about social dance being more important to them than the party itself.

Surprisingly, the internationality is not as important as expected. Another advantage for organizers could be a full service. Complete packages, hotel deals, shuttle services and the other things are very welcome, especially by participants who visit many festivals and want little effort with the travel organization.

Complete evaluation

A full evaluation with in-depth analysis will be available to event organizers in June 2019. The individual areas are evaluated in detail, analyzed and optimization proposals for organizers will be discussed. In addition, supplements are supplemented by various personal surveys. Pre-orders for the survey evaluation can be sent to info@kizzmag.com.

Special thanks to Mariette for her support.

If you have the choice, you’re also in agony. We took a closer look at the months of April, May and June and researched where you could go to festivals. We did not look at the USA, Asia or Australia and focused primarily on Europe and surrounding countries. The list is headed by France with 22 festivals in three months, followed closely by Spain with 12 festivals. Germany in third place offers a total of 8 festivals in three months and Italy 7. The remaining 29 festivals are spread across Europe, including Croatia, the Netherlands, Luxembourg or Greece and others. So if you do not have any exact festival plans, you can get an idea below.

festivals in April 2019

In April there is already a wide selection. Warsaw, Barcelona and Luxembourg are likely to be among the most visited events. Also the Corfu Beach Festival with holiday feeling sounds good and offers Kizomba as well as Salsa, Bachata and Zumba. Overall, April features 22 festivals.

April is surpassed with 31 festivals in 17 countries in May. The selection is great. The Zagreb Kizomba Festival, Feeling Kizomba Festival in Spain or Temple of Kiz in Germany will be among the bigger events. But there are also some smaller festivals for those who like it a bit more familial.

Of course, June is known for the biggest festival ever – CSSF & SSD festival in Rovinj – Croatia. But for all who want to see something different, June offers a variety of festivals. 26 festivals in total in 10 different countries. France alone offers 10 festivals in June. In addition to the Rovinj and Opatija Festival, the Olympiades of Kizomba in France and the Amsterdam Kizomba Festival in particular could be a popular destination. For Semba lovers, Semba No Pe in Portugal offers a fitting event.

It can be clearly seen that the number of Kizomba festivals is growing throughout Europe. KizzMag will also research and report on upcoming events in the future. A detailed event guide with further information will be available soon as an e-book.

We do not guarantee the completeness and correctness of the list. Events may have been canceled in the meantime or new events have been added.

 

festivals in April, May and June

After a successful start in 2018, “Temple of Kiz” enters the second round. What awaits the guests this year and what innovations there are, you will read in the following.

 

A special selection of workshops and boot camps, an international DJ ensemble and a state-of-the-art and unique location in the form of a pyramid characterize the event “Temple of Kiz” in Mainz. We already reported about the first edition, which was a great success. Organizer Stefanie Pietas and Oliver Eichin will be holding the second edition from May 31st to June 2nd, 2019 and will also have some news to report.

In addition to food trucks, which will offer different possibilities of food in front of the pyramid, the “social” will be moved up to the lounge. Thus, the wishes of last year’s participants were included and promptly implemented. Therefore, this year all participants can look forward to an open air (weather dependent) social in the lounge area.

For best Urban Kiz music DJ Lenhy, DJ Hugo Smile, DJ Valet and other top Deejays will be on hand. Participants can attend varied workshops and boot camps at six different dance teacher couples, including Stone’s & Sabine, Hugo & Mariina, Daniel & Jasmin. Stefanie and Oliver will also have a strong look to a good balance, for which also several taxi dancers groups are invited. “Of course, the pre-sales of the tickets are helpful in to plan a good balance. If the majority will come spontaneously, it will be difficult. “says organizer Oliver. This is likely to apply to all organizers who value a good balance.

After the good response of the first edition, the number of participants will also increase. There is plenty of room, because the pyramid not only offers the main dance floor, but also other dance areas in the main hall, which provide a relaxed dance atmosphere.

Further information and ticketlink you will find through the flyer (Facebook link!)

event flyer

“Temple of Kiz”, the new Urban Kiz Festival in the Mainz Pyramid has made an excellent start. Already more than 300 Kizomberos and Kizomberas from Germany, Switzerland, France and Luxembourg have visited the new festival and the feedback is positive, not only because of the unique location. Our review:

A focus on dancing

foto: Photoart Eichin

The social dance and the party are have priority at the new “Temple of Kiz” festival, not so much a wide variety of workshops. For this purpose, only international DJs were booked, including DJ Valet, DJ Lenhy or DJ Nice Life along with other well-known Deejays. But also newcomer Deejay PG, who appeared for the first time at a festival, came like a bombshell with his fresh mix. Organizer Stefanie Pietas likes to give promising newcomers the chance to play at her festival.

For those eager to learn, there was a mix of individual workshops and several-hour boot camps throughout the day, primarily in the intermediate and advanced levels. National teachers like Stone’s & Sabine, Lamsca Sagnia and international dance teachers like Aime & Trecy from Luxembourg or Hugo & Mariina were among the teachers in the pyramid. Those not attending workshops could let off steam at the social from 2 p.m. The evening party started at 10 p.m. under the modern pyramid dome and offered the guests the chance to dance to the finest Urban Kiz music until 7 a.m. in the morning.

Top modern location

foto: Photoart Eichin

We already reported about the location. Top modern equipment with great sound system and lighting technology and a sophisticated architecture. The “pyramid” is really something “special”, not just an ordinary room with some sound system and a few lighting effects installed. The air conditioning can also be very well controlled here. Already just the very high ceiling avoids too much heat. Already before entering, you find yourself in front of the mighty pyramid with a large free car park right in front of the front door. The panoramic lounge under an open roof invites to linger (if the weather is warm). It would have been great if music was played here to enjoy the first hours of social dance under the sky. But the lounge is also perfect for a cup of coffee and a chat.

The traffic connection to the pyramid is excellent. A motorway access is very close, there are hotels within walking distance and various shops for the most necessary supply. Since it is located in an industrial area, there is no curfew or complaints due to loud music.

Well-balanced and great mood

foto: Photoart Eichin

The well-balanced ratio of male and female dancers was also crucial for the great atmosphere. Already at ticket sales, the organizer had an eye on the ratio. Contrary to the original planning and due to many spontaneous interested dancers, there was also a box office. Nevertheless, there was no large excess of women, which is very difficult to plan with a box office. Thanks to the good work of the taxi teams such as Funomen, Kizomba Brigade Stuttgart, Casanova, Ghetto Kiz and the other groups, the ladies got their money’s worth. Our poll resulted in very positive feedback on the overall balance and work of the taxi dancers groups. Since “Temple of Kiz” does not belong to the big events, but to the medium-sized festivals – measured by number of participants – the atmosphere still had a slightly familial character.

Room for improvement

panorama lounge. foto: Photoart Eichin

There was not much to complain about this event and if at all than on a rather high level. Of course, nobody needed the “stink bomb” on Friday night. It was – contrary to some assumptions – definitely not a drain problem of the pyramid, but the work of a guest. Whether stupid prank or common sabotage act, it was unsuccessful, because real Kizomberos don’t let anything spoil their evening and they just danced on vigorously.

Some lamented that there was no possibility to dance in the panorama lounge. Here the roof can be opened completely and with great weather it would have been the perfect social dance floor. It was technically not possible to implement this spontaneously and was also meant to be a silent space. However, the organizers accept the feedback and therefore we can hope for an open air social next year.

Despite nearby shopping facilities, an in-house dining option or a food truck in the parking lot would have been desirable to replenish the occasional energy needs.

The prices for drinks were in a slightly upper price range. A 1-liter bottle of water, for example, costs € 6.00 hurt the finances of some guests, especially since also during the workshops no drinks were allowed to be brought.

In a nutshell

  • Unique location with air conditioning
  • Big social and long parties with well-known DJs
  • Good dancer ratio and great mood
  • Hotels within walking distance
  • Focus on social and party, smaller workshop program
  • Sanitary facilities always clean
  • Free large parking
  • No in-house food service, upscale drink prices

Conclusion

Top! If you like pure Urban Kiz music, then you will get your money’s worth in a unique location with top DJs and a small workshop program. The dancer ratio was pleasant despite box office and also the dancing level was remarkable. The organization and communication for the participants was very good and the atmosphere was consistently positive. A great accomplishment for the first edition and thus one of the most promising events in Germany. With this first edition’s reputation, there will be many more dancers in the pyramid next year, in the best case on presale, to achieve the same, if not better, ratio then. The multi-level location always offers potential for growth.

foto cover picture: Cornelius Pfannkuch

Sold out! For the fourth time in a row, the X-Mas Gala was one of the top festivals in Germany and beyond. Not without rattled nerves, because not everyone appreciates Sabine’s consistent organization. More than 600 guests attended and enjoyed high-quality workshops, socials and parties with the scene’s best DJs in a beautiful location in the heart of Kassel – the Orangerie. All highlights as well as news for 2018 can be found here.

Every year just before Christmas, the Créme-de-la-Créme of the Kizomba scene gathers in Kassel. Not Luxembourg, nor France and or Belgium. No, they all swarm to the city with a population of just under 195 000 with only one goal –  to be part of one of the most demanded festivals of the year. Guests from Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and other European countries found their way to the X-Mas Gala. Some guests from Russia who had traveled only for this festival took the longest trip of all.

Why does everyone want to go to Kassel?

foto: PhotoartEichin

It’s fairly simple. Look for a nice location, book high-quality artists and DJs, pay attention to a balance between male and female dancers and create a family atmosphere. Easier said than done. In reality, there is a year of hard work behind it, a lot of consistency, passion and high commitment during your free time. And not everyone appreciates the consistent attitude of Sabine, especially when it concerns themselves. In the last months before the start of the event, the organizer had to deal with all sorts of complaints and in some cases very unpleasant messages. For someone who likes to answer all messages, such a situation soon turns into a full-time job. Again and again, especially ladies tried to bargain for a pass and literally begged for exceptions, tried it via friends and acquaintances or became creative by ordering couple passes or male passes. Some men also tried to take advantage of the situation and literally offered themselves as a taxi dancer to get a free ticket. But it does not work that way. An event like this, especially in this quality has its price and can’t be financed if tickets are given away for free. Sabine persisted and prevailed, although it was nerve-rattling to keep the maximum woman surplus of 10%.

Due to illnesses, about 25 men, including a taxi team were not present and that was noticeable. Nevertheless, the balance was a blessing and not to compare with most other festivals. No lady had to wait long for a dance and the nearly 50 taxi dancers have taken their job seriously.

2017 Highlights

Teresa Jimenez. foto: Photoart Eichin

In addition to well-known line-up like Tchint & Janina, Doumb and DJs like Saï Saï, Stefanio Lima and other top acts, DJ Madiss from Rotterdam and DJ Narc6 from Gießen celebrated their Kassel debut. The guests were enthusiastic and certainly you can welcome both again in 2018. Another highlight was the lady-styling Bootcamp by Theresa Jimenez from Sweden. There the ladies could learn a lot of body movement and, isolated in the beach bar Kassel, they could fully focus on themselves.
The mood was once again very familial, although the spatial capacity limit was reached. At times the dance floor was too full. This has already been noted by the organizer and the number of tickets for 2018 will be reduced by 70 tickets to allow for more legroom.

2018: the fight for tickets already began

Sabine will make some general changes in 2018 while staying true to her consistency when it comes to ticket sales. From the beginning there are only limited single passes and it’s recommended to purchase couple passes. A few days after the last gala, the tickets for 2018 were offered online. In January, more than 50% of the tickets had already been sold and for the first time Sabine had to suspend the ladies’ passes already one month after opening the ticket sales. The ladies understood, who wants to be there has to secure her ticket early. Now it’s time to wait again, waiting for some male passes to be sold so that more ladies’ tickets can be released.

2018 News

This shows the great popularity of the X-Mas Gala and why a visit is always worthwhile. Laurent Yishú will be there as an artist in 2018, an argument in his own right! He is one of the best teachers of the scene and will give a 4-hour boot camp, which has to be booked separately. In view of the fact that he would like to travel less for teaching in the future, the boot camp will surely be sold out soon. Adeline Sueodis offers a 3-hour Lady-styling class. Both have always been part of the X-Mas Gala from the beginning and even though they are officially no longer a dance couple, both are very happy to be there again.

The number of DJs will be increased from 13 to 14 and for the first time Tatjana Orlova from Russia will make her Kassel debut as Djane. Good news for those who don’t like to change locations: all parties, including the pre-party, will take place in the Orangerie again in 2018.

If you do not have a ticket yet, you should keep your eyes open as a woman and buy as soon as tickets are released again. And the gentlemen will hopefully not wait too long to buy tickets, as some ladies still want to attend this event after all. One thing can already be said quite sure: also in 2018, this event will be sold out again.

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The first “Black Forest Kizomba Days” took place mid-February in the small town Horb am Neckar. “Small but mighty” took on a new meaning here. Approximately 150 Kizomberos/as from Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich, Freiburg, Switzerland, Bremen and also France participated in this small and well-balanced event. You will learn in our article why the debut was a complete success.

Unique location

7 dance teachers, 6 DJs and some taxi dancers (to balance out the ratio between male and female dancers) were invited to Horb for a total of 15 days and offered a total of 15 workshops and 2 parties in a fantastic ambience. In particular, the location – an old monastery – which is now an event location with catering, can really be described as unique. A unique atmosphere was created in the theater hall with its old vaulted masonry and the top sound system and lighting.

Support of national artists & DJs

 

Versus from Italy. Photo: Photoart Eichin

As international dance couple “Versus” from Italy was invited and were very well received by the participants. For the rest, the organizers put relied on well-known local artists and DJs. “We have excellent teachers and DJs in Germany and we want to support them.” The concept was a success. Besides Versus, also George & Liza, Tony Gomes, Sunny & Victoria and Lamsca Sagnia gave workshops in various styles and all levels. The audience was very mixed. From beginners to very advanced dancers, all levels were represented, providing everyone with a feel-good atmosphere. Not only the crème de la crème meets here, also less experienced dancers can fully develop here. Therefore, the feedback of the guests is not surprising: the event organizers heard over and over comments like “unique”, “sensational” and above all “familial”.

“Small and mighty” is the trend

Almost all guests want to come back and enjoy this familial atmosphere behind old monastery walls. “Nobody is anonymous here. You get to know each other and the atmosphere is very personal,” says a guest. With this small, but for this dance organization nevertheless big event, they hit a nerve. The trend goes from large and mass events to “small and mighty”.

Some potential for improvement

At the premiere, there were also some areas for improvement. Thus the provided lunch snack was clearly insufficient. The majority of the guests would have preferred a proper meal. The organization has already put this on the “to-do list” for next year. “Next year, we’re going to plan a proper meal for lunch. This time we underestimated it.” Also, the catering could not keep up with the crowd of guests and could have been a bit more relaxed.

The workshop room on the second floor turned out to be unsuitable since the floor was not leveled tilted to one side. This made the dancing and balancing challenging. In favor of the beautiful location and the consistently positive event, however, the guests overlooked this shortcoming.

 

Top balance and familial atmosphere

 

Photo: Photoart Eichin

Especially the well-balanced male-female ratio was a crucial reason for the good mood in Horb. The organizers attached importance to this right from the beginning during the ticket sales. The 80 Full-passes were completely sold out and with 10 taxi dancers there was a great balance also on the parties. The organizers value taxi dancers, but only to some degree. Furthermore, there are always 1-2 female taxi dancers booked for the men. “There are enough gentlemen who do not feel confident enough to ask a good dancer for a dance. We like to solve this with female taxi dancers, who give these gentlemen a great dance experience “.

Also, the familiar atmosphere and the cooperation of the club members was felt throughout the event. Everyone helped and some ladies organized a cake buffet for Saturday night 2 days before. Thus, the guests could enjoy a sweet midnight snack, which recharged quite some energy levels.

On Saturday, a snow chaos that was unparalleled this winter became quite an obstacle for many dancers. Some guests had difficulties getting to the event and some spontaneous party guests decided to not join the party due to the weather. It was a shame for the guests and the organizers, but the Saturday night Gala Party was great and a lucky guest won an AfroMoves full-pass during the tombola.

Conclusion

Overall, the first “Black Forest Kizomba Days” was a very successful event and could become an insider tip for anyone looking for a good balance and a personal atmosphere. Those who are looking for a big event with dozens of taxi dancers are wrong here. It’s a small and highly restricted event that emphasizes quality and a feel-good ambience.

Upcoming event

From February 15th – 17th 2019, the 2nd edition will take place in a new location, to ensure a little more leg room during the workshops. First photos promise an equally beautiful location with a large free parking right outside the front door.

Among others, “Versus”, George (Pack’n’dance), Daniela & Ahmet from AfroMoves, Lamsca Sagnia from Frankfurt and many more will follow in 2019. DJ Narc6 will be new in 2019 as same as Oncle Kani & Black Cherry from Paris. DJ Remcy and DJ Angelkizz as well as DJ Harryz Kizz are back again.

First tickets for early bird prices are already online. After the excellent reputation of the 1st edition, it can be assumed that the 2nd Edition will be sold out again.

A report of Eva Fischer