Our venue, called Forum, is the home of West Coast Jitterbugs dance society and the place to go for lindy hop, balboa and blues dancing in Gothenburg. Forum is a vibrant place that hosts weekly social dances and classes as well as the members’ own training sessions. During the Blues Garden we will transform Forum into a magical blooming garden. If you’re staying in Gothenburg for a few days after the Blues Garden, you are more than welcome to join the weekly lindy hop social on Monday night, and our biweekly blues dance social, Tuesday is Bluesday, on Tuesday night.
Göteborg is easily reached by plane or by bus or train, depending on your point of origin. Here are some tips on how to reach the venue:
Take the airport coach to Korsvägen. From there take trams number 6 (towards Länsmansgården) or 8 (towards Frölunda). These will take you through a tunnel and up to Wavrinskys plats, where you get off. From there, it’s a ten minute walk up the hill along the tram tracks to Dr Fries torg and the end of our journey. If you are burdened by rain or heavy luggage (or just plain lazy) you can wait a few minutes for tram number 10 for the last part. You will find the venue Forum at the far end of the square.
Get off your train and head out through the large exit that is on the left hand side as you leave the track. You will reach Drottningtorget, a square with a small kiosk in the middle, and a canal at one end. From here, walk along the water to the right, to Brunnsparken. There you will hop onto tram number 10 heading towards Guldheden, and this will take you all the way to Dr Fries torg and the end of the journey. You will find the venue Forum at the far end of the square.
For those of you who would like to stay at a hotel or hostel, we made a list with some nearby and relatively affordable alternatives:
City center: Tram 10, close to central station.
Linnéplatsen area: Tram 10 and 6, or 20min walking. Closest to the venue.
Johanneberg area: 5min walking, then bus 52. Or 20min walking.
We encourage visitors to connect with local dancers if they so desire, and will try to facilitate hosting for our faraway guests. Send an email to hosting©bluesgarden.se if you want to stay with a local dancer. Make sure you include any particular requests you may have – allergies, need for privacy or a wish to stay with boys or girls only, for instance.
We will provide some small refreshments for the breaks between classes, but for lunches we recommend you bring your own or try one of the nearby establishments. There is Thai food, pizza/kebab/falafels, and some really nice pasta to be had within walking distance from the venue. We will bring menus for you to look at during the morning break, and recommend that you place your orders then, to have them ready for pickup when the class ends.
In the evenings, there will be a self service cafe with very reasonably priced veggie food at the venue. There will be mood lighting and comfy sofas in the foyer for you to nest in with your little treats.
You are free to bring your own drinks, but we are not allowed to serve alcoholic beverages at the venue. There will be free access to drinking water, of course, and possibly something a bit tastier as part of the cafe’s offerings.
We will strive for environmentally friendly fair trade ingredients, insofar as it’s possible and reasonable at this time of year, and everything we serve will be lacto/ovovegetarian, with vegan and lactose-/gluten-free alternatives as well. If you have any allergies or any other kind of request concerning food, please let us know via the contact form.
If you would like to see more of our lovely city while visiting The Blues Garden, there are lots of things to do! You will find the official tourist site here: http://www.goteborg.com/en/