UK Taiko Festival

The 12th UK Taiko Festival will take place: 30th June – 2nd July 2017.
There will be concerts at the Exeter Northcott Theatre and the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre.
Workshops will take place in the Drama Studios of the University of Exeter.

For a full schedule please click here.

The UK Taiko Festival has its foundation in several guiding principles:

  • To encourage the growth of taiko in the UK.
  • To provide a performance platform for UK-based taiko groups of all ages but with a strong focus on youth.
  • To provide inspiration for new players by the participation of professional and international taiko artists.
  • To be a showcase event for emerging young UK talent.
  • To encourage excellence in a culture of celebration, not competition.
  • To encourage inclusion by giving groups of all abilities, including those with special needs, the opportunity to participate

The UK Taiko Festival is hosted by Kagemusha Taiko on behalf of the growing taiko community in this country. Jonathan Kirby, artistic director of Kagemusha Taiko, is the director of the UK Taiko Festival.

12th UK Taiko Festival


A FEAST OF TAIKO – Friday 30th June, 7:30pm.

This concert features youth taiko groups from Devon, the UK and beyond, including Gyoko Youth Taiko who recently delighted a packed Royal Albert Hall in London, and this year’s headliners, The Dublin Schools Taiko Group, from Dublin, Ohio, USA. Tickets are now available online from the Exeter Northcott Theatre, or by phone direct from the theatre box office: tel 01392 726363

TAIKO BEATS – Saturday 1st July, 12 noon.

10 different European taiko groups each play for no more than 10 minutes, making for a varied, action-packed and inspirational taiko show. To book tickets online for this show, please click here to go to the Exeter Northcott website, or phone the the theatre box office: 01392 726363

PULSE & ROLL – Saturday 1st July, 7:45pm.

For this special concert, Kagemusha Taiko are joined from Japan by former Kodo member, Shogo Yoshii,and from the USA by one of the world’s leading taiko performers, Shoji Kameda. The show will also include a special performance of Brother Drum. Tickets are already selling fast, so don’t delay and book online now.

Brother Drum

BROTHER DRUM – Sunday 2nd July, 7:00pm

Brother Drum is the final concert of 12th UK Taiko Festival. Featuring players from England, Scotland, Japan and USA, Brother Drum involves not only the theatrical drama and emotional power of taiko drumming, it also embraces folk and traditional music from those countries, as typified by the title song of the show. Guest artists include: Hibiki Ichikawa, Damian Clarke, Shogo Yoshii, George Whitfield, and Shoji Kameda.

BROTHER DRUM will be performed at the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre. Tickets, price £16, are available online and from the Box Office: phone 01392 667080

Taiko Workshops
Shogo Yoshii
Karen Young
Shoji Kameda


Workshops for the 12th UK Taiko Festival have now sold out. If you are interested in being on a waiting list, please consult the list of workshops here and then email us to let us know. 



Please note that Kagemusha Taiko do not take bookings for accommodation for the 12th UK Taiko Festival. This is something that you need to organise for yourself. We can tell you that there are various rooms available on the University campus, Event Exeter, or you can check out the official visitor website for Exeter, for options.


See also: 1st UKTF;  2nd UKTF;  3rd UKTF;   4th UKTF;  5th UKTF;  6th UKTF;  7th UKTF;  8th UKTF;  9th UKTF;  10th UKTF;  11th UKTF;