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  Drum Circles & Creating Community  

Rhythm Centre Village Drum Circles - anything is possible!

   "Co-operation and collaboration is the basic glue to a community. A community drum circle is a collaboratively self-organized musical event created “in the moment” by all the people who participate. When we, as a community, drum together, sharing our spirit in the form of rhythm, it changes our relationships for the positive.
  As we play together, we give ourselves a rhythmical massage, an emotional release and a healing. The release and healing is different for every person in the rhythm circle, and it happens whether we are entraining ourselves into the circle by drumming, or standing outside the circle and listening while tapping our feet and clapping along with the music. To make beautiful music together, with rhythm instruments, all we have to do is bring to the circle whatever rhythmical expertise we have to offer, along with the excitement of sharing it with other people"

Arthur Hull - Founder, Village Music Circles

Cultural Diversity

    The Rhythm Centre actively encourages different ethnic groups in the exploration of differing rhythm cultures.
    For example, we are part of the Blockhouse Bay Boat Club and in the last 18 months at the boat house I have helped orchestrate several different ethnic groups in coming together to express their music and dance.
    Many of these groups and individuals have been recent immigrants and refugees - some famous in their own country of origin, but unrecognised here in NZ, surviving by pumping petrol, driving taxis etc.
    We see these people as arts resource people and we do our best to bring their talents and music out there for others to appreciate and for them to express their passions.
    In Britain, where multiculturalism is long established, schools studying certain countries can call an agency who pays migrants for their teaching contributions.
    Similarly the Rhythm Centre can provide a win-win situation for performers, participants and audiences to appreciate.

"Drumming together is a complex process. It requires us to listen while we play. Most importantly, it demands that we give others space to be heard. This is creating community through sound."

The intention of the Rhythm Centre is to exemplify all the various cultural rhythmic styles.

Over the years we have established connections with many different cultural groups, have played with them and have assurances of their willingness to support this centre and make use of it.

These include African, South American, Native American, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Kurdish, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islands and good old ingenious Kiwi ab-original, eclectic and creative groups.

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Japanese Taiko Drums and drummers in action.

For further information contact Fraser Bruce:
or go here for contact details.

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