I've heard you, and it's here:
What, has 2017 already started? Looks like it has!? So let's get to work!
During the "short" break from blogging the Zouk Calendar was by far the most requested feature on the site. So I made it a priority on my update list. Now get ready to plan the rest of 2017!
As usual, the list includes all the major Brazilian Zouk events around the world. All the events also have links to their websites where you can always check the latest information. To stay on top of the zouk festivals around the world just click to the calendar page and save it in your bookmarks!
Which events are on and which are off on the calendar? See more information below.
In the Zouk Calendar you can spot all this year's new events marked with NEW'17 - and likewise last year's new events are tagged with NEW'16.
Fresh / returning for 2017
ZouXtaZ in Bangkok & Phuket, Thailand on 30 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017.
Amsterdam ZNL ZOUK Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 9-13 Feb.
Paris Brazilian Zouk Congress in Paris, France on 26-28 May.
Zoukland in Albufeira, Portugal on 30 Jun - 3 Jul.
Hawaii Zouk Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii on 16-20 Nov.
Las Vegas Zouk Congress in Las Vegas, USA on 1-3 Dec.
New in 2016 & confirmed for 2017
One Zensation on Koh Tao, Thailand (2-6 Jan 2017).
ZoukSki in Vallandry, France (4-7 Mar 2017).
Brazilian Dance Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (10-12 Mar 2017).
Summer Zouk Zone in Lodz, Poland (6-10 Jul 2017).
Zouk Me SF in San Francisco, USA on (14-16 Jul 2017).
ZoukMX in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (1-10 Aug 2017).
Rio Dance Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (28 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018).
Cancellations for 2017
You may have noticed a few big events missing from the list. While some are still unconfirmed, there are some events that won't take place in 2017 (as of our knowledge at the time of this post). The most notable cancellations include:
Helsinki Zouk Festival in Helsinki, Finland (October)
Brazouka Beach Festival in Porto Seguro Brazil (December 2017-January 2018)
The latest information will be updated to the calendar page!
Which events are included in the calendar? (And which not)
For the sake of keeping the list compact the Zouk Calendar on ZTW includes only major, international events with focus on Brazilian Zouk. It is a very gray line to draw in many cases what makes it to the list and what not, and while most of the list is made up of "zouk only" events, some large established events with several dance styles are included. Generally speaking, for congresses / festivals the list contains large events where the artist roster has at least three internationally well-known teacher couples, where it's possible to attend at least two full days of Brazilian zouk workshops with the international artists and two or more nights of parties with a dedicated zouk dance floor. Some new and perhaps smaller events may be included in the list in areas of the world where there are only very few events.
Due to their popularity, in addition to festivals / congresses the list also includes a few of the biggest international weekend-long zouk social events (marked with SOCIAL).
Want more zouk?
Good news to the zouk dancers everywhere: there's an ever increasing amount of Brazilian zouk event of all sorts! Information spreads through social media and dancers travel around the world to dance and learn. In addition to the major events listed in the calendar there's a larger number of smaller (and growing) zouk weekends with international visiting artists - and also visiting social dancers. For these, keep an eye on local dance schools and Facebook groups.
Submit an event
Do you know of a great zouk event that is not on the 2017 Zouk Calendar?
Notice any broken links, wrong dates or other errors?
Would like to make a submission for the 2018 calendar?
Zouk The World would like to thank at this point for the large number of submissions that you've sent in thus far - keep 'em coming! If you're wondering why the event you submitted is not on the calendar, see above for more information.
What's on your 2017 list?
What events have you enjoyed this year so far?
Have you been thinking about visiting some events still in 2017?
Share us your favorite events in the comments!