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The Drum Festival


Sat 25 Feb 2017, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Sun 26 Feb 2017, 8:00am–3:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Kids Weekend pass includes camping (5-14yrs old): $30.00
  • Kids Day Pass (5-14yrs old): $10.00
  • Weekend Pass: $50.00
  • Camping Pass: $65.00
  • Saturday Day Pass: $25.00
  • Sunday Day Pass: $25.00
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  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: LittleRiverCamp

A drummer's delight. Two days of workshops and performance set in the peaceful surrounds of the Little River Campground on Banks Peninsula.

Due to Chris Berry's mother being mugged in Brooklyn he can no longer guarantee he will be able to perform at this weekend's festival. We are very sorry but our thoughts are with him as he flies to New York to be with her. He will endeavour to make it back but apologises. We will keep you updated and hope you will still attend this year's festival.

Thanks for understanding, Marcus and Doug.

Little River 2017 Drum Festival Line-Up.

Saturday -
12:00 pm - RA McRostie. African-inspired contemporary tribal dance and music and traditional West African rhythm and dance.
1:30 pm - Dekaworwor.
1:45 pm - Christchurch School Of Music Samba Band. Carnival Rhythms from Brazil.
2:15 pm - Christchurch Community African Drum Class with Tamara Smith’s Dance Class
Under the direction of Doug Brush, the class will play traditional African rhythms. With special guests including Tamara Smith’s African dance class.
2:45 pm - Nina of Free Spirit Dance and Music. Samba Dance Workshop.
3:30 pm - 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.
5:00 pm - Chitongo. African marimba performance by a very talented family from Zimbabwe.
6:15 pm - Tala. Dinnertime eclectic DJ and live drum set.
7:30 pm - Random Acts of Music. Around the fire, using accessible instruments, RAM sets up a groove and some basic guidance to bring anyone willing into a group music making session.
8:00 pm - Chris Berry. Grammy award winner Chris Berry, an eclectic singer and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, and high-energy performer will perform with some of Christchurch’s finest at the Hilltop Tavern. Free with a festival ticket- otherwise $5.

Sunday -
9:30 am - Doug Brush and Jono Gemmill. Arabic music performance.
10:30 am - The Ruby Lady. Belly dance workshop with live Arabic drumming.
10:30 am - Doug Brush. Doug and some of his students perform awesome Afro-Cuban drumming and chant.
11:15 am - Koffie Fugah. Koffie, from Ghana, will give an African drum and dance workshop He's incredible so come learn from one of the best.
1:00 pm - All Star Jam. Chris, Kofi, Ra, Doug.
2:00 pm - Takumi. The spectacular grand finale with the incredible power of Japanese Taiko drumming.

The weekend is a relaxed one with chances to be involved or pick and choose with plenty of areas on the property to escape to. Kid friendly, food and drink available but BYO picnics, etc. are encouraged. The waste-free event, so please take home what you bring. No pets this weekend, please.