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The Drum and Dance Festival

The Drum and Dance Festival

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  • Fri 20 Nov, 4:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sat 21 Nov, 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Sun 22 Nov, 10:00am – 3:00pm


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


All Ages

Ticket Information:

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

The Drum (and dance) 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, Banks Peninsula). 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. BYO food + drinks as there's no onsite catering. We will have a KAVA cart, with drinks available. DOOR SALES are cash only. BE SUN SMART - bring sunblock, bottled water and togs for a dip in the river. CAMP SITES are available. See you soon.
An updated calendar is being finalised as Robert Fugah Koffie can no longer make the event. He has to fly back to Ghana for a family matter. We'll miss him but have Miro Klima coming from up north to run the workshops. he's also very awesome!

FRIDAY 20 Nov - gates open at 4pm. Gig at Okuti Hall from 7pm- 10.30pm. Chicha Creature headline the night with Reed St Posse, from all the way down the road and around the corner. They're here to intrigue and inform you .. bringing the key tips to navigating small town New Zealand in style. Brace your undies my friends its soul funk comedy at its most colloquial

Little River 2020 Drum Festival Line-Up
8:00 p.m.
Concert - Reed St Posse and Chicha Creature

9:30 Body Percussion Workshop - Ra McRostie

10:30 Flamenco Rhythm and Movement Workshop - Emily Napolitano

11:30 Performance by Burnside High Percussion Ensemble

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

1:00 Dekaworwor African drumming and dance workshop - Maganui Stewart

2:30 Samba band performance and Samba drum workshop - Christchurch School of Music

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

4:45 Dekaworwor African drum and dance performance

7:30 Jam Session

8:00 - World Music concert with Yurt Party

9:30 Tabla Performance - Justin DeHart

10:00 African inspired dance workshop with live drumming - Ra McRostie

11:30 Balinese Gamelan Performance - Pak Made

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

1:15 African Drum Workshop - Miro Klima

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

3.30pm all over, time to pack up and head home, thanks for coming.

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