Taiko Friendship in Claudy!
From the very beginning, it was our intention to use taiko drumming as a force for good here in Northern Ireland. To use it as a new art form, not belonging to one traditional side or the other, free from any historical issues of belonging or not belonging.
Yu-Jo Taiko is our longest running project, set up in 2013 as part of the City of Culture celebrations and continuing as a Legacy project.
It brings together children of different communities from two primary schools in Claudy, Cumber Claudy Primary School and St Colmcilles Primary School. The children meet on a weekly basis in the Diamond Centre in Claudy to learn Taiko and forge new friendships. The word Yu-jo means ‘friendship’.
We made a short film to celebrate the legacy of this project, it is pure gorgeous and you can watch it here!