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Published on December 14th, 2017 | by voxx

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The Humber Taiko Festival 2017

Gyoko-Youth2The second annual Humber Taiko Festival has been a roaring success!

With hundreds of taiko players from across the UK and Europe taking part in performances and workshops, it was the largest event of its kind to come to Scunthorpe and was welcomed by a widely appreciative audience of family, friends, taiko lovers and taiko players from near and afar.

Over four days (Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 November), various venues in Scunthorpe hosted six workshops led by visiting groups Tsuchigumo Daiko (Scotland) and Kion Dojo (Germany). Two concerts were also held at The Plowright Theatre and The Baths Hall. The first, Tomoe, was an evening of international drumming from these two renowned groups plus Humber Taiko’s very own performance group Coritani. It displayed just how diverse taiko can be as each of the three groups offered something completely different. From song, to groove, to bashing the stage itself, this concert explored the uniqueness of taiko with inspired creativity.

The second show Taiko Night celebrated a variety of school, youth and community groups from across the region. This concert is now in its fourth year running, and each year the standard of talent from young musicians is raised exponentially. The night was varied and exciting; it premiered a folk and taiko project featuring the North Lincolnshire Youth Folk Ensemble plus other members of the folk community and clog dancers, and had a special guest performance from York’s Tengu School of Taiko. Members from every group involved in the festival (including stage crew!) joined together for a collaborative performance at the end of the concert which embodied everything that taiko is about: community, celebration and fun.

Organised by Humber Taiko with the help and support of so many taiko community members, musicians, staff and crew, this event could not have been made possible without funding from Arts Council England and Arts Development at North Lincolnshire Council.

Humber Taiko is a local drumming education and performance company.

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- Words by Amy Naylor, Photography by Shaun Haselden


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