3rd ETC 2018

3rd European Taiko Conference

Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th February 2018, Hamburg, Germany

Conference Director: Jonathan Kirby
Conference Manager: Lucy Thomas
Hosted by: Kion Dojo, Tama Daiko, Tengu Daiko, Yo Bachi Daiko
Sponsored by kaDON / Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten
For general information about the European Taiko Conference, please see the homepage.


ETC3 will take place at the Sunderhof, just outside Hamburg, in Germany. Travel there is reasonably simple. From Hamburg Hauptbahnhof / Hamburg Central Station, there’s a 20-minute train ride to a nearby station from where there will be a shuttle service to the Sunderhof itself.

How to book your place at ETC3

Booking will open on Sunday 24th September 2017. There will be 80 delegate places, @ 180 Euros each. Maximum 3 places per taiko group / organisation.

Payment must be made in full in order to secure your booking. A link to the booking system will be posted at 10am (UK time) on 24th September. It will be posted on this website, on the ETC Facebook page, and in the Taiko Europe Facebook group. The link will also be sent via email to anyone who asks for this service – provided they have registered with Lucy Thomas by Friday 8th September. Click here to email Lucy..

Please be aware that delegate places for ETC2 sold out in just a few hours and that most delegate places are awarded on the basis of first-come, first-served. The exception is for the 4 Hamburg groups who are hosting the Conference. These 4 groups are guaranteed 3 delegate places per group, provided they are paid for within 24 hours of bookings opening.

When delegate places are sold out, we will open a waiting list. In the case of both ETC1 and ETC2, there were drop-outs between the time of booking and the Conference itself. If you do not secure a delegate place immediately, you may still get the chance to do so if you are on the waiting list.

The Conference fee does not include accommodation and food. There are various options available at the Sunderhof, with prices starting at 160 Euros for meals and accommodation for the whole Conference. Bookings for accommodation will open in October 2017, and will be managed by us – please do not approach the Sunderhof, who will be unable to help you.

What is on offer at ETC3?

The Conference begins on Thursday evening with a welcome dinner and evening reception. It closes at lunchtime on Sunday.
We are delighted to announce the following as workshop leaders:

  • Kaoly Asano
  • Masato Baba
  • Shoji Kameda
  • Katsuji Kondo

Delegates will have 2 x 2 hour workshops with 2 of these workshop leaders. In other words, you might have 2 x 2 hour workshops with Workshop Leader #1 and 2 x 2 hour workshops with Workshop Leader #3. PLEASE NOTE: We will ask you to give an order of preference when you book, but we cannot guarantee that you will get both of your top two choices – each workshop leader can only accept 2 x 20 delegates.

Each workshop leader will teach a short piece of repertoire – the same piece of repertoire to each group. On Sunday morning, everyone will perform this newly-learned repertoire and there will be the opportunity to video it at that time. The idea is that everyone will have two new taiko songs to take back to their group.

In addition to workshops, there will be discussion groups, plenary sessions, early-morning taiko drills, informal performances, and socialising in the basement bars (and bowling alley!) as well as the opportunity to relax and talk in other parts of the Sunderhof.

Can I come to ETC if I’m not a delegate?

The option to help as a volunteer option is only available to members of the 4 local groups. A limited number of volunteers are needed and will be coordinated by Ingmar Kikat of Kion Dojo and Lucy Thomas.

Observer places were available at ETC2, but at the moment it is not certain that we will be able to offer them at ETC3. If observer places do become available, they will be exclusively for people who have been to either ETC1 or ETC2.


Before you contact us to ask questions, please be sure that you have read this page carefully, and also the European Taiko Conference homepage. Thank you!

See also: European Taiko Conference Homepage; 1st European Taiko Conference; 2nd European Taiko Conference.