what people thought of the festival

BASEL 2018


I would like to personally thank you for organising yet another very successful festival in Basel and for all your hard work and positive energy in ensuring that the daily operation would run smoothly – You seem to be mastering the art of hosting: Making everyone feel welcome and finding the time to interact with everyone without EVER losing your smile, which is truly remarkable …I have attended enough festivals to say that Basel is one of those rare festivals that has retained the spirit and essence of what Forro is all about: Intimacy and the feeling of belonging to a big family. This would not be the case without the very personal touch you bring in which is so often (too often!) lost in bigger festivals …

From my perspective, I only have positive feedback to send: The groups you tend to invite are always of very high quality, the venues (Especially the one on Friday and Saturday evenings) are spacious, well-ventilated, with good surrounded sounds and the restaurant within the complex is definitely a plus … The number of forrozeir@s you invite is spot on, the balance male/female is just about right too and the festival seems to be attracting some very quality dancers, which is always a plus 🙂 

So a big thank you from me (and I know Aga was equally touched by the way you looked after her) and see you hopefully next year 🙂 
– Basel 2018 

Dear Just Dance Team, first of all, thank you for that great festival or at least for the great parties, because I just had the Party-Pass. The musicians were the reason why I came to Basel. And my expectations were all exceeded!
– Basel 2018 

DJ Sampa und DJ Sergio waren super! Sie haben eine sehr gute und abwechslungsreiche Auswahl getroffen und ich wollte bei jedem Lied tanzen und am Ende nicht aufhören
– das Konzert von Mestrinho, Nicolas Krassik & Agacello war der absolute Hammer! und noch besser als letztes Jahr! Wahnsinn!
– das Konzet von Trio Dona Zefa war auch super!
– die Räume waren alle super, auch perfekter Parkett-Boden überall, das ist ein Genuss

– Basel 2018 

Insgesamt war es für mich aber ein super Festival mit grandioser Musik, mit vielen Tänzern auf hohem Niveau und ich habe sehr viel und sehr schön getanzt und hatte eine entspannte und spaßige Zeit und ich komme nächstes Jahr wieder! Danke.
– Basel 2018 

thank you for a great festival. It was one of the best festivals I have been to – the teachers, organisation, rooms were perfect. The hostel and the whole area were clean and very beautiful and the people were nice. There is literally nothing I want to criticize. Keep on like this! 🙂
– Basel 2018

Thank you for asking for feedback guys . Actually I have attended over 30 festivals in the last 2 years and this is something that is not so common and everyone should be doing. First of all, I appreciate the effort and risk of organising a forro festival. Thank you for your time. Without you guys, people like me won’t be able to enjoy their passion. I am going to talk about the parties only. I have not attended workshops. Overall, the festival was nice. Good and big venues (specifically Friday and Saturday), central, good quality dancefloor and well climate (I did not feel uncomfortable or running out of space) and good bands; Mestrinho and Co. is one of the best forro bands ever (I cannot remember how many of them I have seen in the last 5 years, including Brazil). Dona Zefa was nice too.
– Basel 2018

First of all thank you and the team for this great Festival! I enjoyed it a lot! I had a party pass and attended only the Friday and Saturday Party since we had to go back to Cologne on Sunday. So I can only talk about those two parties. The Location was great. At first sight I thought it to be a little uninviting for its size and since it was just one big room but then I really started to like it. The floor was good, the stage was great, the air and temperature was very nice, not too hot, not too cold. There was more than enough space for dancing. And you had a great view of the stage from any place in the room. I also found it nice to have a changing room next to the toilets since it was quite cold and most of us changed clothes when they arrived at the party. The bar was right there too, so anywhere you went (exept for the toilet) you would not miss a single moment of the concert!
– Basel 2018

The concerts of Mestrinho, Nicolas Krassik and Agacello where amazing!! I loved them, seriously!!! It was the best concert I have seen in Forró!! I loved their improvisation and interpretations of the songs. You could really hear, see and feel that they are highly talented musicians playing with all their heart and enjoying what they do on stage. I am very glad I came to Basel! It was great that you brought them back this year since I could not come last year. There is really nothing more that I can say about them!
– Basel 2018

To Rafa and the team:
I thought it was a great festival with top notch performers, teachers, djs and venues. Keep doing what you are doing each year better and better! Thank you

– Basel 2018

Ich fand das Festival wirklich sehr gelungen. Der Zeitplan wurde gut eingehalten und die Locations fand ich auch sehr ansprechend. Der Boden war überall wirklich tanzbar! was nicht immer bei Festivals der Fall ist. Gut hat mir auch gefallen, dass es ein wirklich kleines, gemütliches Festival war.
– Basel 2018

Die Auswahl der Lehrer und Musiker fand ich auch sehr gut, es war von allem etwas dabei
– Basel 2018

I had a great festival experience in Basel. Teachers were well chosen and it was difficult to decide where to go and participate at the workshop. I only stayed at room 2 and 3, and I was very happy with the rooms: wooden floors for dancing are perfect and the mirrors are good for the training and learning how to move more gracious. Even the parties at Union where unbelievable – so much joy and great musicians at the stage and good DJs at the desk. I hope you can keep this level of quality for next year’s festivals. I met a lot of very nice people and would definitely recommend the festival and participate again.
– Basel 2018

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BASEL 2017


I love it from the beginning.
– Basel 2017

Ooooh what a weekend. I just loved it.
– Basel 2017

THANK YOU. This was a lot of work, that most of you certainly do only out of passion, so I hope you had as much fun as I did. Looking forward to next year.
– Basel 2017

Great event!
Location: Really cool!
Love the choice of teachers and the investment in less teachers but good and an AMAZING band! What a journey!
– Basel 2017

I was very happy with the choice of teachers and musicians. If I had written a personal wish list it would be pretty much the ones you invited. The workshop location was beautiful.
Festival parties are often very crowded. The location in basel was just the right size, with a great atmosphere in the front and always enough space in the back.
– Basel 2017

enjoyed the festival.
I liked the idea of keeping it simple with 1 band, 1 dj.
– Basel 2017

The concerts were outstanding, the courses and teachers were teaching fundamental knowledge, absolutely crucial and great input. However if I was a beginner some classes would have been very challenging. The party location was stunning!
– Basel 2017

I liked the teacher’s performances. I liked the general atmosphere at the festival, everybody was very warm.
– Basel 2017

One word: FABULOUS!
– Basel 2017

It was really nice to hear mestrinho with the combination with other instruments. It was so good that I nearly didn’t wanted to dance. Thank you!
– Basel 2017

It was just perfect guys! bands and dj’s quality was super.
and I really enjoyed the fact that there was space for everyone to dance his preferred forro style. Good idea the free dancing time for the ones who could not get the full pass. I’m thinking about some critics just to say something maybe more useful for you, but anything comes to my mind!! so…Go on like this!!! Thank you
– Basel 2017

 As promised awesome acoustics in all locations.
Workshop locations were very nice and cozy.
The band was AWESOME really!
Compared to other prices in Switzerland you sill managed to create an affordable festival! Good job!
Nice quality of the arm-bands (I do not like the paper ones that tend to get dirty and fall off before the festival ends).
It was very nice to have the workshops starting that late but … (see section below).
Great selection of teachers!
Friendly atmosphere. I do think you are on a good track at finding the balance between professionalism and friendly coziness.
– Basel 2017

i adore the originality of the tematic of each day (musicality – music) we need such thing!
– Basel 2017