Welcome to the

33rd Leipziger Tanzhausfest

from 10th to 13th of May 2018

Every year since 1986 the folk community gatheres in the city of Leipzig to celebrate the Tanzhausfest. A festival dedicated to the dancing part of the european folk movement. The Leipziger Tanzhausfest has been an international festival since the beginning, always trying to gather bands from all around europe for four days of joy and dancing. Because it is an old traditional festival, a lot of lesser and well known bands participated during the years. Some examples from outside Germany include the Oyster Band (1986), Blowzabella (1989), Ar Re Yaouank (1996), Skolvan (2000), Dikanda (2003), Dobranotch (2005), Gonnagles (2010), Triple-X (2012) and Té (2016). Some of them are so old, they don’t even exist or play for dancing anymore. From Germany bands like Swedenquell, Zerrwanst and Folkinger are recurring.

Because the festival is organized by a small open group of people, who also happen to be enthusiastic bal folk fans, the main theme of the festival is bal folk dances and music. But the ‚all styles of folk‘ part hasn’t been abandoned. You will also get the chance to dance other common und uncommon european dances in every edition. Last year we did spice the festival with hungarian and bavarian dances.

To round everything up, there will also be dancing and music workshops on friday and saturday. We also have special bals for our small folk fans. On Friday evening there will be the family bal for children and parents and on Sunday noon the children dance. An open session is possible after the workshops all day, evening and night long.

Our line-up from 2017:

Sons Libres+Les Zéoles
Swedenquell++++Eins 68
Monsieur Fruits+++Öves

The festival will take place in a school building north of the city center. We can use the assembly hall and the gym. The location is accessible via local transport. We’re sorry to announce, that no sleeping in the school is allowed. You have to get yourself a place in a hostel or something alike. Be shure to book early, because a lot of tourists like to visit Leipzig this time of the year. Or you can ask your bal folk friends from Leipzig and/or Germany, if they have a spot for you. 🙂

If you have questions regarding the festival, feel free to send your questions to You don’t need to write in German. English and French are fine. Even Swedish, Italian, Latin and Ancient Greek may be possible. Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Esperanto and Russian may take some days, until we catch a translator… 😉

We’re looking forward to dance with you!