Frequently Asked Questions

When will Bear Blues happen?

Bear Blues will start on Friday 17th August and run until Sunday 19th August 2018.

When will registration open?

Registration is now open! You can register here.

How much will the passes be?

Tickets for the Bear Blues Exchange 2018 will be €50 per person.

Will you be offering low-cost tickets this year?

No. Last year our regular tickets were €60 per person with low cost tickets coming in at €45. We hope that the new lower price of €50 will be accessible to everyone as well as being much easier to administer for us. 🙂

If you will be struggling to afford attending, do please do contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

I hear that you are running a lottery for tickets – what does that mean?

Tickets will be allocated based on a lottery of everyone who has registered by Sunday 20th at 9pm Berlin time.

In simple terms, we will take everyone who has registered by 9pm on Sunday 20th, mix them up and then draw them out one by one to create a list. We will then offer tickets to people in the list starting at the top and working down until we run out of tickets. Everyone else on the list will be on a waiting list and will be offered tickets if someone does not pay or pulls out of the event.

Why run a lottery at all?

Most events operate on a first-register-first-to-get-a-pass principle. This is a very simple system but means that there is a mad dash for tickets with some events selling out within minutes. We think this can be unfair to those people who do not have time or the means to get tickets booked for them exactly as registration opens.

I want to register with a partner. Is that possible?

If you absolutely will not attend without another person, you must both mention each other on the registration form. You will then be entered into the lottery as a single entry.

Will there be hosting?

We will do our best to try and find hosting for people who need it but we cannot guarantee anything.

This is a “Blues and Fusion” festival – how much of this “fusion music” will there be?

The vast majority of the music that will be played will be blues music. Now, there are many genres of Blues music and we do intend to cover a wide range of them! We are also not purists – so there might also be some not-strictly-blues music by blues artists or other music with a “bluesy feely” that is not strictly Blues thrown into Blues music offering.

As for Fusion music – for this festival we regard any music that is not blues or at least bluesy to be “Fusion Music”. This could include things like Tango, Hip-hop, EDM or even Showtunes! Expect fusion music either to be in its own room alongside a main blues room or if played as a main feature to be late.

If you are interested in Fusion dancing, maybe you should check out our winter Ice Bear Exchange.

I heard about a thing called Hummingbear… can you tell me more?

We know that a lot of people who plan to attend the Bear Blues Exchange here in Berlin are also planning to attend Hummingbird Blues in Krakow, Poland. The idea is to travel as a group from Krakow to Berlin enjoying each other’s company, playing music, dancing etc. Hummingbear is an unofficial fringe event organised by people from both events. You can find more info on the Hummingbear page.