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The rhythm is gonna get you
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: July 2, 2013 at 7:53 am
The first International Drum Festival will take place at the Bangkok National Theatre this Friday and Saturday.
If you're a fan of drums, here's a festival you can't beat.
The National Theatre, Bangkok will play host to the International Drum Festival, which brings together different forms of the percussion instrument for a pounding display of exotic rhythms on Friday and Saturday.
Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the two-day event will feature performances and demonstrations of dynamic drums by musicians from Taiwan, South Korea, India and Africa as well as Thailand.
The festival is designed to promote global friendship and cultural harmony by showing the roles many different drums have had in enlivening global music with their powerful rhythms and beats.
It will also show how drums have been used for festivals, weddings, processions, ceremonies and other state, religious, cultural and international events.
The instruments will include the tabla from India, lunba cajon from Peru, batucada from Brazil, taiko drums from Japan, djambe drums from Africa, and more.
There will be two daily performances inside the National Theatre at 2pm and 7pm, plus many shows on the mini stage in front of the theatre from 4pm to 8.30pm on both days.
The grounds of the theatre will also be reserved for demonstrations of drum making, which is an art in itself.
There will be food and beverage stalls offering Asean delicacies, at 6pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday.
Admission to the festival is free. For tickets, contact the National Theatre on 02-224-1342.
For more information, call 02-250-5500 ext 3480 or visit www.tatnews.org.