12th UK Taiko Festival Schedule

To make the most of the 12th UK Taiko Festival, please check out the schedule of events below.

Friday 30th June

7.30pm – A Feast of Taiko, Exeter Northcott
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 the booking office 01392 726363.

This concert features;

Willowbrook Primary School, Exeter
Tywardreath Primary School, Tywardreath
Pilton Bluecoat School, North Devon
Tako Taiko, Newton Abbot
Coombeshead Academy, Newton Abbot
Blazing Taiko, Bidwell Brook School
Oku Nojo Daiko, Hampshire
Gyoko Taiko, Grimsby
Tetsu Taiko, Scunthorpe
Dublin Ohio Taiko Group, USA
Bullfrog Arts, Leicester
Doragonteru Taiko, North Devon

Saturday 1st July

9.30 – 11.30am – Workshop Slot 1, Thornlea Building, University of Exeter campus.
All workshops are currently sold out, for more information please click here

10.15 – 11.00am  & 11.00 – 11.45am, Networking Sessions with Karen Young, Northcott Theatre Cafe.
Karen, from the Genki Spark, will facilitate a 45-minute networking session for those attending the UK Taiko Festival so those from different groups get to meet each other. 15 spaces available on each session, they’re free but please book in advance, info@taikofestival.org.uk

12pm, Taiko Beats, Exeter Northcott
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.

This concert features;

Tano Taiko, Newton Abbot
Aber Taiko, Swansea
Tsuchigumo Daiko, Glasgow
Kensei Taiko, Kent
Taiko Mynydd Du, Black Mountains
Kion Dojo, Germany
San Francisco Taiko Dojo  共鳴, London
Kaminari Taiko, York
Coritani, the Humber
CCS Taiko, Gloucester
イオ IO , Germany

2.30 – 4.30pm – Workshop Slot 2, Thornlea Building, University of Exeter Campus.
All workshops are currently sold out, for more information please click here.

4.30 – 5.30 Various Miyamoto & kaDON bachi will be available to buy at the 12th UK Taiko Festival.
A designated area will be set up in the reception area of Thornlea (where all the workshops are taking place) so between 4.30 & 5.30pm on Saturday 1st July Festival participants will have the to opportunity to check out various types of bachi as well as other Miyamoto & kaDON taiko accessories including tabi & bachi bags.

Please note payment must be in cash however it will also be possible to pick up/pay for items before the workshops on Sunday 2nd July – from 10.30am.

To find out more about what will be on offer please email info@taikofestival.org.uk.

6.30 – 7.00pm – Performance by Kion Dojo, outside the main entrance to the Northcott Theatre.
Kion Dojo, from Hamburg, Germany, will be bringing their energetic taiko groove to the UK Taiko Festival and performing outside the Northcott theatre to welcome that evening’s audience to the theatre. Weather permitting.

7.45pm, Pulse & Roll, Exeter Northcott
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. Only a few tickets remaining, so don’t delay and book online now.

10pm Onwards – The Northcott Theatre Bar will stay open late for those who would like to join us for an informal after-show party.


Sunday 2nd July

11.00am – 1.00pm – Workshop Slot 3, Thornlea Building, University of Exeter Campus.
All workshops are currently sold out, for more information please click here.

7:00pm, Brother Drum, Exeter Phoenix
Brother Drum” features the drama and power of taiko from Tsuchigumo Daiko (Scotland) and Kagemusha Taiko, mixed with individual performances from Hibiki Ichikawa (“Kubo and the 2 Strings”) on shamisen, Shoji Kameda and Shogo Yoshii, and Damian Clarke (hammer dulcimer and hurdy-gurdy) and George Whitfield (accordion), both formerly with PressGang. This is a truly unique collaboration, and will include a performance of the song “Brother Drum”, as seen on the official video.

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