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Drum Weekend

November 23, 2019 - November 24, 2019

The Drum Festival – 23-24 November
Samba, Afro-Cuban, African, Gypsy Caravan, Japanese and Balinese…come celebrate amazing cultural diversity at this unique two-day global drumming festival hosted at the Little River Campground and Manaia Native Habitat this weekend (23-24 November 2019).
The Drum Festival is the South Island’s only drum-focused festival showcasing African, Indian, Arabic, Asian drum performances and workshops as well as a fusion of contemporary drumming.
Set within a beautiful natural landscape of native flora and fauna in Okuti Valley on the Banks Peninsular, this two-day festival offers world-renowned performers, drumming sessions, dance, singing and percussion workshops, and a regular highlight — the late-night jams around a riverside campfire!
Overnight camping is also available which is perfect for those wishing to immerse themselves for a weekend of African beats and good vibes within lush native bush.
Bring the family and spend a day (or weekend) enjoying fantastic cultural music and international performers, as well as exploring the lush natural habitat, majestic birdlife and other onsite features (slippery slide, tree swings, bush walks etc) the campground has to offer.
Tickets are strictly limited so book now.
$25 – Day ticket
$65 – Two day ticket + 1 night camping
CHILD (over 10 years)
$10 – Day ticket (under 10 years – free)
$35 – Two day ticket + 1 night camping (under 10 years – $15)


11am – Performance by Burnside High School and Ara percussion students

12pm – Soul Star Tribe – Gypsy caravan style dance performance and workshop

1pm – Rhythm workshop by Doug Brush

1:45pm – Singing workshop by Magaui Stewart

2:30pm – Justin DeHart
University of Canterbury Gamelan (Balinese instruments and music)

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

4:45pm – Dekaworwor African drumming and dance with Magaui Stewart and Tamara Smith

7:30pm – Jam session

8pm – World music concert with Mundi

9:30am- Dan Callahan and Doug Brush perform on one-of-a-kind leather string drums made by internationally renowned artist Garry Greenwood

10am – Afro-Cuban Dance workshop with Pablo Salas

11:30am – Samba band performance and Samba drum and dance workshop

12:30pm – Christchurch Afro-Cuban ensemble performance with Doug Brush

1:15pm – African drum and dance workshop with Koffie Fugah, from Ghana. He’s incredible so come learn from one of the best

2:45pm – Takumi Japanese Drumming Group – Spectacular grand finale with the incredible power of Japanese Taiko drumming


November 23, 2019
November 24, 2019
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Okuti Valley Hall, Little River