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Kagemusha Taiko hosts the UK Taiko Festival, celebrating taiko’s national presence, enhancing understanding between cultures through international artistic collaboration and providing a platform for all styles of taiko to share one stage. This exciting event is the biggest annual gathering of taiko players in Europe, offering the opportunity for taiko players of all ages and abilities to perform, learn, and share experiences. Groups come from all over the UK and abroad to inspire and be inspired by the energy, joy, and talent of the UK taiko community.
Aims of the UK Taiko Festival:
- To encourage the growth of taiko in the UK
- To provide a performance platform for UK-based taiko groups of all ages
- To provide inspiration for new players by the participation of professional and international taiko artists
- To be a showcase event for emerging UK taiko talent
- To encourage excellence in a culture of celebration, not competition
- To foster inclusion by giving taiko groups of all abilities the opportunity to participate, including those with special needs
- To offer the wider community the opportunity to engage with taiko at all levels as participants and audience members, and experience the powerful and transforming nature of this art form
“In regards of location Exeter is neither the centre of UK nor Europe. But somehow it is the ‘Taiko-centre’ of Europe, as there isn’t any group or individual who created something similar as Jonathan has done with Kagemusha Taiko.” Oliver Boldt, Yo Bachi Daiko, Hamburg
So far there have been over 40 different groups from around the UK and abroad who have performed as part of the UK Taiko Festival. We look forward to adding your group’s name to the growing list!
Black Dragon Drums (London), CCS Taiko (Gloucester), Demon Drummers (Kilsyth), Dojo Drummers from the Mugen Taiko Dojo (Lanarkshire), Drumrider (Cornwall), Exmouth Community College Taiko Group (Devon), Falmouth Taiko Ensemble (Cornwall), Fukuro – Princes Risborough Primary School (Buckinghamshire), Gyoko Taiko (N E Lincs), Hertfordshire Taiko Ensembles, Huish Episcopi Taiko Group (Somerset), Ichido Taiko (Buckinghamshire), iSSHO (Glasgow), Joji Hirota and the Taiko Drummers (London), Kagemusha Junior Taiko (Exeter), Kagemusha Taiko (Exeter), Kaikyo (London), Kakushigei Taiko (Lincolnshire), Kaminari Taiko (York),Kaseki Taiko (Dorset), Kuretaka Sogo Shien Gakko (Japan), Ma Daiko (Watford), Maidenhead Taiko Group, Nottingham Taiko Group, Odaiko Sonora (Arizona, USA), Oedo Sukerok-ryu Wadaiko MAKOTO (Paris, France), Oku Nojo Daiko (Hampshire), Psycho Taiko (Glasgow), Q.E. Crediton Taiko Group (Devon), Sakura Taiko (Devon), San Jose Taiko (California, USA), Southbrook Taiko Group (Exeter), St Peter’s Primary School Taiko (Somerset), Stanford Taiko (California, USA), Sun Lotus Taiko (Totnes), Taiko Evolution (Dorset), Taiko Meantime (London), Taiko Mynydd Du (South Wales), Taiko Rangers (Shropshire), Taiko Therapy (Midlothian), Taiko Warriors (Cornwall), Taiko-Exe (Exeter), Tamashii School of Taiko (Buckinghamshire), Tano Taiko (Devon), Tanoshii Taiko (Cornwall), The Kokoro Drummers (Cornwall), Uminari Taiko (Cornwall), Wadaiko Tokara (Japan), Wirral Taiko Dragon Drummers (Liverpool), Woodroffe School Taiko Group (Dorset), Woodview Taiko Group (Devon), Yo Bachi Daiko (Hamburg), Yu-Kan-Daiko (Buckinghamshire).