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A two-day International Drum Festival is set to light up the National Theatre in Bangkok next month.

Artists and musicians from all over the world, as well many as Thailand itself, will descend on the city between 5-6 July, producing an exotic beat for visitors to dance to. The festival is designed to build global friendship and cultural harmony by showing the important role of the many different kinds of drums in enlivening global music. Numerous free performances and demonstrations will be held at the theatre, also demonstrating how drums have been used for festivals, weddings, processions, ceremonies and other national, religious, cultural and state events.

“This is part of our effort to promote Asian and ASEAN social and cultural integration by highlighting the spectacular role and uses of drums in many aspects of life,” commented Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Suraphon Svetasreni. “It will also go a long way towards enhancing the role of Thailand as a centre of arts, music and culture. Visitors will be fascinated by how many different kinds of drums there are.” Tourists flying from South-East England airports to the country will see drums including the Tabla from India, Lunba Cajon from Peru, Batucada from Brazil, Taiko drums from Japan, Djambe drums from Africa, and many more.

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