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The Drum Festival


Sat 27 Feb 2016, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Sun 28 Feb 2016, 9:00am–4:00pm

Where: Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: mpuentener

A celebration to rhythm and beat and dance from around the globe. A dedicated drum festival set in lush bush beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula.

Includes cultural drum groups performing rhythms from Africa, Asia, the Middle East & South America plus drum and dance workshops and evening camp-fire tribal drumming.

Featuring Chris Berry, Takumi Japanese Drum Group, Doug Brush, Robert Koffie, Chitongo, Ra McCostie, Awherika and many more.

The program will be a moving progression of concerts with different groups performing in unique locations in the bush, beside the river, in the shade of the walnut trees and around the camp-fire.
Riverside camping and native bush exploring & playground ensures the weekend can be enjoyed by the whole family. Kids under 14 free accompanied by adults. Limited to only 100 tickets/day. Online booking advisable but possible gate sales on the day. $25 Cash only, no credit card/eftpos facilities. The campground is a back to basics venue with eco dry loos and limited food or coffee stalls.
Pick up some supplies at The Little River Diner, or cafe. Come prepared for all weather, however the main stage area is under two old walnut trees which provide shade and shelter. Check out our website.
Little River 2016 Drum Festival Line-Up

12:15- RA McRostie- African inspired contemporary tribal dance and music and traditional west african rhythm and dance. A warm up with workshop for all levels of fitness. Give it a go.

1:30- Christchurch Community African Drum Class- Under the direction of Doug Brush the class will play traditional African rhythms. With special guests including Tamara Smith’s African dance class.

2:30- Marco Zonka- Mouth-percussion/Vocalese/Drum performance. A mesmerising drone....

3:30- Chris Berry. Drum and Dance workshop with Grammy award winner Chris Berry, an eclectic singer
and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, and high-energy performer and teacher. A highlight of this years festival. Not to be missed. (Chris performs as part of the festival at Hilltop Tavern saturday night. Stay at the campground and get the bus up to the pub (and back- approx 12am, so be quiet)

5:00- Chitongo- African marimba performance by a very talented family from Zimbabwe. Joseph and his family have played at all the festivals and are a firm favourite. Under the walnut trees, beside the river.

6:15- Tala. Dinnertime eclectic DJ and live drum set. Greg and Dee know how to get people's groove on, so while you're cooking (or not), have a bit of a shuffle too.

7:30- Random Acts of Music. Under the trees, using accessible instruments, RAM sets up a groove and some basic guidance to bring anyone willing into a group music making session. Lots f fun for all abilities.

8:00 - Chris Berry- at the Hilltop Tavern. Free with your festival ticket. Make your own way there or catch the shuttle, leaving at 8pm.

9:00- Marco Zonka. Chill out around fire with soft call/response singing, drumming and moving.
All in bed by 12 we hope. It's a full day Sunday.

8:00- Marco Zonka. Morning moving-circle drum and song workshop

9:30 - Doug Brush and Jono Gemmill. Arabic music performance

10:30- Koffie Fugah, from Ghana, will give an African drum and dance workshop He's incredible so come learn from one of the best.

10:30- Tribal Diva - Belly dance workshop with live Arabic drumming. Private meadow setting.

12:00- Doug Brush and some of his students perform awesome Afro-Cuban drumming and chant

1:00- Awherika- Drum and Dance featuring Koffie Fugah (Ghana) and Jennifer Moss.

1:45- Christchurch School Of Music Samba Band. Carnival Rythyms from Brazil to really get the pace going. Join in and follow the band as it weaves along the river. Bring your own whistles!

2:00- Takumi- Spectacular grand finale with the incredible power of Japanese Taiko drumming. A impactful and high energy way to finish a weekend dedicated to 'The Drum'.

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