Taiko Calendar

Our exciting programme of workshops, courses, and other taiko events are now managed as part of our Taiko South West project.

Please see the calendar on our Taiko South West website up-to-date details of everything that’s on offer. Thank you.


Tano Taiko at the Exeter Rainbow Run @ Westpoint
Jun 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Tano Taiko are delighted to be back at the Exeter Rainbow Run for the 6th year in a row. A 5K run, complete with coloured paint thrown at the runners, around Wespoint in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Tano Taiko will be drumming throughout the race to keep the runners going.


Tano Taiko at Stover School Summer Fair @ Stover School
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

On Saturday 22nd June Tano Taiko will be performing at Stover School’s Summer Fair. Two sets between 2 – 4 pm followed by have-a-go sessions for the crowd.

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13th UK Taiko Festival @ Leicester
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day

The 13th UK Taiko Festival will be taking place 5th – 7th July 2019 in Leicester across various venues.

The Festival will feature three fantastic concerts;

Feast of Taiko, 5th July, 7.30pm, Sue Townsend Theatre.

A fabulous showcase of taiko from youth groups across the UK. This concert is now sold out, to go on the waiting list please email


Taiko Beats, 6th July, 12.15pm, Sue Townsend Theatre.

Six different taiko groups from across the UK each play for 10-minutes. A great way to sample a variety of taiko styles. Tickets £12.50 available from here.


Taiko Without Borders, 6th July, Sue Townsend Theatre.

The Festival’s headline concert featuring Kaoly Asano (Japan) with Kion Dojo (Germany), plus Tsuchigumo Daiko (Scotland) and Tano Taiko (England). Tickets: £20.00 per person available from here.


Saturday 6th July will also see the LCB Depot become the Festival hub with taiko presentations, outdoor performances and more.

On Sunday 7th July there will be a special outdoor performance of ELEVEN at Humberstone Gate West.

To find out more about the Festival please visit

Tano Taiko at Ottery St Mary Primary School Summer Fair @ Ottery St Mary Primary School
Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ottery St Mary Primary School are hosting their Summer Fair on Saturday 20th July, 3.00 – 6.00 pm, and Tano Taiko will be performing and running have-a-go sessions during the event. Times TBC.

Tano Taiko at Lyme Regis Carnival @ Lyme Regis
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

One of Tano Taiko’s favourite gigs! This year Tano will be performing on Lyme Regis seafront on Saturday 3rd August during the evening as part of the fabulous Lyme Regis Carnival.

Taiko Film: Healing Beats @ The Exeter Phoenix
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Dir. Iván Muñoz

75 mins, 2019. Spain


To view the trailer please click here.

Taiko is much more than a simple instrument: It is a philosophy of life, a martial art, an artistic discipline.

Built upon 2,000 years of history and engrained within all aspects of Japanese culture Taiko’s energy brings respect, joy and, a connection between millions of people around the world.

This fascinating documentary explores the philosophy and discipline that goes into mastering the drum.

Preceded by a performance from Kagemusha Taiko, and introduced by Jonathan Kirby, Artistic Director of Kagemusha Taiko.

Tickets are £8/£5 available through the Exeter Phoenix website.


Tano Taiko at Free-Expression Arts Festival @ Beres Yard
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Free Expression Arts Festival aims to deliver a community led event celebrating the arts and Tano are very excited to be performing as part of it. Two sets and have a go sessions throughout the afternoon.


Tano Taiko at South Molton Winter Solstice @ South Moulton
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tano Taiko’s final gig of the year will take place at South Molton’s Winter Solstice on Friday 20th December. This fun and festive event runs from 5.00 – 9.00pm and Tano will be performing two sets followed by have-a-go sessions in the town centre.

Kagemusha Taiko present Shadow Warrior @ Exeter Phoenix
Jan 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kagemusha Taiko present


7:30pm  Saturday 4th January
Exeter Phoenix

Tickets: £15 (£12)  Box Office: 01392 667080


Tickets are now on sale for the exciting new show from Kagemusha Taiko, the first major performance by the group in Exeter since “A Good Death” in Exeter Cathedral in December 2017.


Taiko is drum theatre.  Using taiko, Kagemusha Taiko create moods, explore the tension between space and time, and tell stories.  “Shadow Warrior” is the English translation of “Kagemusha”, and this show is very much Western European in nature, drawing on stories of Merlin, Beowulf and Norse mythology.  There’s new instrumentation as well as new themes in this show…

Shadow Warrior  reunites Kagemusha Taiko with original group member Kordian Tetkov.  Having been spellbound by a solo performance by Kordian on gongs and percussion, artistic director Jonathan Kirby invited him to collaborate with the group for this one, special performance.  Drums and gongs together weave a particular kind of magic.  Don’t miss it!

In the second half of the show, this particular taiko journey heads into new territory with the addition of bass guitar and vocals.  Back in the day, brothers Jonathan and Tim Kirby performed to critical acclaim as Diatribe, with releases on the Criminal Damage record label and John Peel session on BBC Radio 1 to their credit.  Tim now brings his voice and his bass to the world of taiko.  It’s a powerful combination.


Tickets are limited, so book now in order to avoid disappointment.


Exeter Phoenix   7:30pm  Saturday 4th January
Tickets: £15 (£12)  Box Office: 01392 667080

Tano Taiko at the Grizzly @ Branscombe Beach
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Grizzly is an epic 22-mile endurace run along the stunning, but unforgiving, coast path. Starting in Seaton, in East Devon, the run takes is some of the most beautiful landscapes in the area. Tano Taiko will be set up on Branscombe beach throughout the day on 8th March drumming along to keep the runners going!