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The Drum Festival

The Drum Festival

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  • Sat 23 Nov ’19, 11:00am – 10:30pm
  • Sun 24 Nov ’19, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River, Banks Peninsula


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Weekend Camping Pass: $69.62
  • Kids (over 10) Day Pass: $10.25
  • Kids Weekend with camping: $38.88
  • Kids under 10 (no camping): $0.00

The Drum Festival is a weekend festival of rhythm and dance, entertainment and education based on Banks Peninsula. Being the only dedicated festival of the drum in New Zealand it is a catalyst for the gathering of drum performers from throughout the South Island and beyond. Workshops on African Dance to performance by Japanese Taiko are part of a programme which involves over 50 performers/tutors and 200+ participants and guests which is very family orientated. The festival is held in the relaxed space of Manaia Native Habitat where participants can also stay (Little River Campground in Okuti valley). Past festivals have included Japanese Taiko, West African, Arabic, CSM Samba, Robert Fugah from Ghana (drum and dance), Ra McRostie and Doug Brush. Expect a stellar line up.
Some of you have been asking questions so we thought we'd share. DAY TICKET is $25 - includes access to all workshops and performance. WEEKEND PASS is $65 for both days and camping Saturday. BYO food + drinks as there's no onsite catering. DOOR SALES are cash only. BE SUN SMART - bring sunblock, bottled water and togs for a dip in the river. CAMP SITES are still available. See you soon.


SATURDAY 23 November

11:00am - Performance by Burnside High and Ara Percussion Students

12:00pm - Soul Star Tribe, Gypsy Caravan Style Dance performance and workshop

1:00pm - African Drum and Singing workshop with Magaui Stewart and Doug Brush

2:30pm- Gamelan, Balinese instruments with Justin DeHart, University of Canterbury

3:15pm- Dununba African Dance workshop with live drumming with Ra McRostie

4:45pm- Dekaworwor African drumming and dance with Magaui Stewart and Tamara Smith

7:30pm- Jam Session
8:00pm - World Music concert with Mundi

SUNDAY 24 November

9:30am- Dan Callahan and Doug Brush perform on one-of-a-kind leather string drums made by internationally renowned artist Garry Greenwood

10:00am - Afro-Cuban Dance workshop with Pablo Salas

11:30am - Samba band performance and Samba drum and dance workshop

12:30pm - Christchurch Afro-Cuban Ensemble Performance with Doug Brush

1:15pm - African drum and dance workshop with Koffie Fugah, from Ghana. He's incredible so come learn from one of the best

2:45pm - Takumi- Spectacular grand finale with the incredible power of Japanese Taiko drumming

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