Banging the drum for street children’s rights

On Monday 3rd October 2016, more than 6,000 London school children will descend on the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to attempt several new world records while banging the drum for street children’s rights.

Bang the Drum 2016 is a new Festival that will unite London school children and thousands of other young drummers across the UK and the globe, who will be joining via a live stream, to support the campaign for street children’s rights.


Bringing together drummers of all ages and abilities from across the globe, the Festival will include world record attempts for the World’s Largest Drum Lesson, World’s Largest Virtual Drumming Ensemble and the Most Amount of People Wearing Hearing Protection At The Same Time. The Festival will also include performances from Inspire-works facilitators Royal College of Music Percussion Department, the Young Drummer of the Year, the Beatbox Collective and presentations from Street Child United.

The drummers will be performing a unique piece of music that will be developed during the Street Child Games ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from March 14 – 20 by local community drummers and 80 former street children.

Mike Simpson, Inspire-works Musical Director, said:

“What really excites me about this project is that in a former Olympic venue, and via live stream, over 6,000 children will be banging the drum for street children’s rights by playing music created by former street children at the Street Child Games!”

Bang the Drum 2016 follows on from the successful ‘Road To Rio Samba’ project in 2014, when 1,675 London school children broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Samba Band at the Royal Albert Hall.

Get involved:

Who can participate:
London Schools & Music Hubs Project: Key Stage 2 aged children.
UK & International Project & Live Stream: Individual drummers, community drumming groups, classes of children of any age from 5 years to A level.


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