Photos from past events:







Savannah Story: An original musical production. Maria Perez-Pulido and Christine Lai volunteered their time to work on this Multipcap project. They met once a week for a month May 2008 to work with clients and carers to develop and adapt a performance piece. The performance was at the Burnie Civic Centre Town Hall (to a full house!) on Saturday June 7th 2008. Other Burnie Taiko members joined in the performance.




2006 “WadaikoArt” Workshops with taiko Master Art Lee from Japan

Art Lee is winner of the of the Tokyo International taiko Solo Contest – Odaiko section – that’s the big drum, and the only non-Japanese professional taiko artist working in Japan.
The workshop was held between January 20 and January 23 2006 at Burnie Dockers Clubrooms.
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.



  • Planning for project development including grant applications to establish the necessary infrastructure.
  • Combined proposal with Hobart Taiko Group to invite Taiko Master Art Lee (Japan) to conduct weekend workshop in January 2006
  • Initial beginner workshops held with Simon Vanyai using Hobart Taiko Group (University of Tasmania Taiko Society) drums
  • Grant applications successful & Burnie Taiko members commence drum making process.
  • Weekend workshops held in Burnie with Simon Vanyai.
  • Simon Vanyai & Keryn Fountain commissioned to create design & art work for performance costumes (Happi Coats)
  • Making of twenty (20) Happi Coats undertaking by Burnie Taiko members
  • Burnie Show promotion performance and Taiko ‘tasters’ Christmas promotion performance at Plaza Arcade, Burnie


Introductory community workshop at Marist Regional College delivered by Simon Vanyai. Concept development initiated for the establishment of Burnie Taiko.

Text from the above newspaper article:

Article in “The Advocate,” 10/11/04

Drumming experience for NW

BY Kellie White

A WORKSHOP in the Japanese art of drumming, Taiko, is hoped to extend into a permanent Taiko drumming group.

The first North-West workshop will be held on December 1 and the event will be incorporated with school workshops along the NorthWest and West coasts.

“Taiko drumming is different to other types of. percussion,” Hobart sensei (Japanese teacher) Simon Vanyai said.

“It involves the body – it’s a whole body experience.

“The movement of the arms when they hit down on the drum is like a dance, so, it’s all choreographed.

“It looks good if you’re all doing it at the same time and the same way.

“The power and energy required means you need to have a fit body.

“People’s concentration levels need to be at a certain level to learn the songs as well”

The art form aims at achieving a collective rhythmic harmony with others and is a highly physical form of drumming, requiring the professional performer to develop great physical strength and endurance through rigorous training.

Vanyai spent a few years in Japan where he learnt the drumming technique, which has strong connections to martial arts.

“When I got back I thought it wouldn’t be bad to start up a Taiko group here,” he said.

“We’ve now got a group in Hobart and one in Launceston.”

Penguin’s Meg Arvier undertook a workshop in Hobart which sparked her interest in bringing the workshops to the North-West and eventually forming a Coastal group.

“If there’s enough interest and people want to keep going then that would be great,” he said.

The workshops have previously attracted people from age six to 60.


BANG: Hobart Taiko drumming group members in action. Taiko, the Japanese art of drumming, will be introduced on the Coast through a workshop on December 1 and will be incorporated with school workshops along the North-West and West coasts.