13th UK Taiko Festival : Taiko at LCB
6, July 2019 - 7, July 2019

A celebration of Japanese drumming, Sat 6 July

TAIKO - the various Japanese drums called wadaiko (和太鼓 "Japanese drums") and to the form of ensemble taiko drumming more specifically called kumi-daiko (組太鼓 "set of drums").

Taiko : Bullfrog Arts

UK Taiko Festival 2019
Leicester, Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July 2019, including

A Feast of Taiko - SOLD OUT
Sue Townsend Theatre, Friday 5th July, 7:30pm  £12.50
A concert showcasing the exciting Taiko talent of youth groups in the UK.

Shadow Warrior - Brick and Beam, Queen Street, Friday 5th July 10.00pm FREE - Come down to Brick and Bream for a free performance and Taiko get together.

Taiko film Healing Beats will get its UK premiere at the Phoenix on Friday 5th July at 7.00pm and on Sunday 7th at 3.00pm. Tickets are £5.00 and are available online

Taiko Beats
Sue Townsend Theatre, Saturday 6th July, 12:15pm  £12.50
5 adult Taiko groups each play for 10 minutes in a quick-fire celebratory concert.

Headline Concert - Taiko Without Borders
Sue Townsend Theatre, Saturday 6th July, 7:30pm  £20
Featuring Kaoly Asano with Kion Dojo, Tsuchigumo & Tano Taiko

Taiko Performance
Humberstone Gate West, Sunday 7th July 12.30pm  free
A special outdoor performance of ELEVEN, a composition by Kaoly Asano in memory of the 2011 tsunami disaster in Japan.

Workshops - all SOLD OUT!
Taiko workshops will take place at
Saturday 6 July 9.30am with Kaoly Asano - SOLD OUT
Saturday 6 July 2.30pm with Martin Doyle - SOLD OUT
De Montfort University
Saturday 6 July 9.30am, at The Chapel, with Martin Doyle & Shonagh Walker - SOLD OUT
Saturday 6 July 2.15pm, at The Chapel, school workshop with Lucy Thomas - SOLD OUT
Sue Townsend Theatre
Sunday 7 July 9.30am with Kaoly Asano - SOLD OUT

See Taiko Festival on Facebook


Taiko at LCB

At LCB Depot. Saturday 6 July 9.30am-5.30pm:

Outdoor Performances
Informal outdoor performances will take place hourly throughout Saturday 6 July at LCB Depot, the Taiko Festival Hub. They will be followed by “have-a-go” workshops for members of the public. Free entry.

Presentations and Discussions
There will be a series of short talks on Taiko-related topics. Free entry.

Food and drink will be available throughout the day from 9.30am from Grays Coffee Shop & Kitchen at LCB Depot.


+ Merch! Taiko Festival Marketplace
9.30am-11.45am & 1.45-5.30pm
T-shirts, Miyamoto & kaDON merchandise, raffle tickets

Taiko merchandise T shirt

With thanks to the generosity of Taiko Kaiser Drums this year's Festival will feature a raffle to win a high-quality Kaiser nagado-daiko with case and stand. Tickets are £5 and available on Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday. Winner will be drawn during the 'Taiko Without Borders' concert on Saturday evening.

Taiko drum raffle


09:30  Presentation by Jonathan Kirby of Kagemusha Taiko

10:00  Open performance and have-a-go session

10:30  Presentation by UK Taiko researcher Kate Walker

11:00  Performance - Tano Taiko, plus have-a-go-session

14:00  Performance - Taiko Mynydd Du, plus have-a-go-session

14:30  Presentation by Peter Hewitt, CCS Taiko

15:00  Performance - Tsuchigumo Daiko, plus have-a-go-session

15:30  Presentation by Leicester's Bullfrog Arts, who have run a Taiko development project with the city's schools since 2015

16:00  Performance - Bullfrog Arts, plus have-a-go-session


After Show Party

Free entry from 10pm till late : After-show party at Midas Cafe-Bar on Yeoman Street for a get-together and celebration of the Saturday!


Time and Space between the Drum

LCB Depot is also showing Time and Space between the Drum, a Taiko exhibition 3-13 July in our Lightbox gallery space; a photo exhibition by Bullfrog Arts in our cafe-bar near the settees; and Taiko drums in our Courtyard Room display cases, viewable from our rear courtyard.


See more info at the Taiko Festival website

Watch a 40-second Taiko demo video from Kagemusha Taiko

Presented by Kagemusha Taiko in association with Bullfrog Arts.


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