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The Drum Festival

The Drum Festival

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  • Sat 26 Jan ’13 – Sun 27 Jan ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 26 Jan ’13, 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sun 27 Jan ’13, 10:00am – 3:00pm


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


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Day Pass: $22.00
  • Weekend Pass: $42.00

If you're into percussion and drumming, this is the weekend for you.
The Little River Campground and Manaia Native Habitat again hosts The Drum Festival. Tickets are $20/day and include camping (if available). Kids under 10 $5/ day. Kids under 3 are free. Pay for your adult tickets here and kids on the gate.

Nestled in the Okuti Valley in a park like setting beside the Okuti River the campground is a unique outdoor venue for performances- from hand drums in the stillness of deep native bush to African rhythms riverside and the nighttime drum circle jam. The weekend will consist of performance, workshops and campfire jams, dance workshops and camping. Camping is free with a weekend pass but this is limited so book early. There may be gate sales but this is not guaranteed.

Come and enjoy the talents of Japanese Drum Group Takumi, Doug Brush percussion and many others on Banks Peninsula, just 45 minutes from Christchurch city. A new interactive component of the festival is Rhythm Interactive who provide each person with their own African hand drum called a Djembe to play along with the Rhythm Interactive team. Without a single word spoken the audience will experience a musical journey unlike any other, as “actions speak louder than words”. Fun for the whole family and you don't need to know how to play the drums to enjoy the result.

Line up for the weekend (subject to change but we hope not)

Saturday 26 January
12:00 – 12:50 Wontanara (Traditional African) Performance
1- 2 African drum workshop
2 – 2:30 Marco performance
2:30 - 3:20 Bellydance workshop
3.30 – 4:15 Rhythm Interactive
4.30 - 6 Marco workshop
7pm- AJ and friends Evolving Rhythms evolving into Tribal…till 9.30pm.

Sunday 27 January
10am – 10:30 Mbira
10:30am – 11:15 Arabic Performance
11:15am- 12:00 Afro-Cuban Demonstration/Performance
12pm-1 African Dance workshop
1pm-1:50 Chitango
2pm-3 Takumi Taiko

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