Kizuna & Toko-Ton Taiko

Kizuna is the Gold Coast’s original community Japanese drumming team. Toko-Ton is a small professional taiko ensemble based in Brisbane. The two teams collaborate to promote cultural harmony, awareness and enjoyment through the power, art and joy of taiko.

Ancient Japan Awa Odori Dance

Awa Odori dancing from Tokushima is part of a huge dance festival. The dances are easy and fun when taught by a Tensui-ren dance team member from the Awa Odori community.

Fri, Dec 27 3:00PM Dancehall

Japanese Taiko Drumming Moves

From Kizuna comes a hands- on workshop in Miyake, a powerful style of taiko where, after warm-up moves, the drum is played side-on with large body movements.

Sat, Dec 28 10:00AM Dancehall

Ritual Drums: Japan. Africa. Korea

Ritual drumming blends high energy with breakneck speed and masterful skill. Watch in awe performances from the dramatic Japanese taiko drums, ceremonial Burundian drums and Korean PanGoot, acrobatics, dance, music and percussion.

Sat, Dec 28 2:15PM Folklorica

Japanese Master Drummers

Experience the beauty, power and intensity of Japanese taiko drums. They are a bridge to the ancestors, summoners of spirits and banishers of adversity in ritual theatre and ceremony.

Sun, Dec 29 8:00PM Folklorica