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The Drum And Dance Festival

Fri Nov 20th, 2020

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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. 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 available. See you soon.

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

CONFIRMED Line up (times to be confirmed).

Indonesian Gamelan
Indian/Brazilian percussion duets
Native Bush marimba concert looking very likely
Afro Cuban dance class with Pablo Salas with live percussion
Ra's band Reed St. Posse playing with Chicha Creature on Friday night
African 'Dununba' dance class with Ra and live percussion


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