Sustainability Fund

Our international dance scene is a wonderful place to enjoy life and express ourselves through dance. But we can make it better!
We are the most fortunate people on this planet, even though sometimes it might not feel like that, let’s take a moment to show gratitude and to give back a little, to the community, the planet and the African American culture that created this wonderful dance.
Please donate whatever you can. Share the joy! 


We work to make Upside Down a more sustainable event.

How? By rethinking catering, creating a sustainability fund, working with refugees, giving some less fortunate locals free entrance to the festival, organising a second hand shop, encouraging better ways of travelling to the festival, facilitating training and talks on African American art forms and generating positive and welcoming atmospheres during the event. Live long and prosper!

Where does the money come from?

  • The organisation of Upside Down donates €750 as starting budget for the fund.
  • All of us! Every participant of Upside Down contributes €5 during registration.
  • Ticket prices are priced reasonably so more people can join. We know we are a varied crowd, some are capable of giving more than others. So, if you would like to support this project even more, you can choose to increase your contribution during registration.


Where does the money go to?

1. Support NGOs that fight for our values:

  • Bos+ and Treelogical Our easy way of travelling and consuming has a price and it will make us even happier if we take a moment to realise how fortunate we are, and if we balance out what we ‘take from the earth’. 
  • Black Lindy Hoppers Funds It is important to bridge the gap of knowledge, access and development for Black Lindy Hoppers.
  • Frankie Manning Foundation carry on the work and the spirit of Frankie Manning in spreading the culture and joy of the Lindy Hop


2. This fund is also available for local and international dancers in vulnerable socio-economic situations.

“Yes, this is for me!”

Please register and apply for the sustainability form. 

→ Local dancers (Ghentians) can get a partial reduction by using the UiTPAS kansentarief. If you’re a passholder, please register through the form and send us an email with your UitPAS number. 

LouisLou is partner van UiTPAS regio Gent. UiTPAS regio Gent is een digitale kaart waarmee je aan cultuur, sport of jeugdactiviteiten kan doen. Je kan met de kaart punten sparen. Die kan je dan omruilen voor een korting, een cadeau of een ander fijn voordeel.

Ben je inwoner van Gent, Merelbeke, Destelbergen, Melle of Lochristi en kom je in aanmerking voor verhoogde tegemoetkoming of ben je in schuldbemiddeling? Dan krijg je extra korting met je UiTPAS.  Alle Info over UiTPAS vind je op: Ticket met kansentarief? Mail


  • Distribution & processing

A minimum of 50% of the fund will be assigned to the aforesaid NGO’s. We will communicate the final results after the event.