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World Drum Festival

Every year in November, drummers and percussionists from different world cultures meet at the Popakademie to make music, exchange ideas and network. In a mixture of workshops, master classes, panels and concerts, world-class soloists will introduce themselves to an interested audience of professionals. They will show what is currently the state of the art in the international drum and percussion scene. In 2022, the event will take place for the eighth time.

The festival will feature internationally renowned musicians such as Anika Nilles (dr.) and her band Nevell, Claus Hessler (dr.) and his band Flux, Ash Soan (dr.), Jost Nickel (dr.), Murat Coskun (framedrums), Pape Seck (perc.), Siros Vaziri (dr.),Santino Scavelli (perc.) and Joannie Labelle (perc.).

WORLD DRUM FESTIVAL | Saturday November 19, 2022 | 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Doors Open: 13:30 p.m.
Masterclasses: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission to the event is free of charge.

On-site participation is limited and requires registration.
We reserve the right to take further infection control measures, such as wearing mouth-to-nose coverings, if necessary.


2 p.m. Welcome Prof. Udo Dahmen, room 001

2.15 p.m. Siros Vaziri
3.30 p.m. Jost Nickel
4.45 p.m. Anika Nilles
6 p.m. Ash Soan

2.15 p.m. Claus Hessler
3.30 p.m. Pape Seck
4.45 p.m. Joannie Labelle
6 p.m. Murat Coskun

with Pape Seck / Siros Vaziri / Murat Coskun / Ash Soan / Joannie Labelle / Jost Nickel / Claus Hessler & Flux / Anika Nilles & Nevell

The festival takes place in cooperation with the Cultural Office of the City of Mannheim and the European percussionists­association Percussion Creativ.