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DRUMedin is coming

Wednesday 14 December 2016 11:56am

The O-Taiko Japanese-inspired drumming group gets some practice in ahead of its 24-hour drumming marathon.

An event supported by the University of Otago is hoping to drum up more support for the Dunedin Night Shelter Trust.

The O-Taiko Japanese-inspired drumming group is planning a 24-hour drumming marathon "DRUMedin" at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre from 12noon on 21 January 2017.

Three drums will form the backbone of Taiko performance with drummers taking it in shifts to play continuously for the full 24 hours.

"Demonstrating support for the Night Shelter, whether financial or simply with presence, goes a long way to dispelling the stigma of short- or long-term homelessness."

The group will be asking for a gold coin donation to watch, with the Regent to be open from noon to 7pm, then the following morning from 7am to noon.

And if you’ve always wanted to have a go, the fundraisers will be asking for a koha to drum on stage with the O-Taiko group.

There will also be drums available for people seeking their own sponsorship for an hour of continuous drumming. They are welcome to attend an O-Taiko Sunday practice where drummers will prepare them and give them all the support they need.

The entertainment factor of watching or joining O-Taiko to drum on stage and sharing the energy is just part of the purpose of the event – visitors are invited to donate and learn about the invaluable resource that is the Night Shelter.

Event organiser Laura Cote says Dunedin’s Night Shelter Trust provides a vital service, offering care, kindness and shelter to those who are in need of it, 365 days of the year.

“Demonstrating support for the Night Shelter, whether financial or simply with presence, goes a long way to dispelling the stigma of short- or long-term homelessness. For those in that situation, fighting preconceptions can be as hard as overcoming the more tangible challenges they have to face when getting back on their feet.”

About O-Taiko

O-Taiko has about 16 members, predominantly made up of University students and staff, but is very much a community-University collaboration with a strong connected network of parents and support people. They also have a Ko-Taiko children’s group.

O-Taiko leader Sabrina Goh says the volunteer group is very active in the community and perform 30 to 50 times a year for charities, freebies or good causes. Any income that they don’t give to charities goes into running the group.

Professor Henry Johnson says they are grateful to the University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts in the Division of Humanities for its constant support of O-Taiko, and for this event.