Irodori Taiko!

Pandemic? No Problem!

We are delighted that our Irodori Taiko group continue to meet up weekly via Zoom to drum and chat and keep connected. We will get through this! We were meant to have a residential later in the year with the fabulous Karen Young from the USA who worked with our group on 2019. As this can’t happen Karen as instead joined in some of our Zoom sessions and has brought some wonderful fresh ideas and inspiration to the group. We are so pleased that she is able to join in!

All about Irodori…

We have been working with a group of talented LGBTQ+ teens since September 2018 as part of a three-year project funded by BBC Children in Need in partnership with OutNorthWest and The Rainbow Project. The young people come together weekly to learn taiko drumming and to prepare for a performance at our Foyle O-Bon festival. We are exploring using taiko drumming as a means to express yourself, to be seen and heard, to own your voice and to share even more taikolove.

One of the most important parts of coming together as a taiko team is to decide upon a team name. The young people, with input from the local Japanese community and after a lot of pondering, chose to call themselves IRODORI TAIKO. IRODORI means an assortment of colours, a harmony of colours. It poetically carries the essence of the hopes of The Rainbow Project and the LGBTQ+ community. It is also a huge homage to KODO, the world-famous taiko group from Japan who inspired taiko in Northern Ireland in the first place!

We are delighted to share the news of this newest taiko group and their beautiful logo created by the ever-patient and inspiring Mel Bradley @houseofmel designs.

This programme is open to LGBTQ+ young people under the age of 18, including those exploring and/or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.

For more information or to book your place, please contact via email

Alternatively, you can call Colleen on 07734455516 or Fiona on 07726611862.