This Halloween weekend the Kindred Spirits monument in Midleton will see a repeat of the popular drum circle event first held at this year’s Midleton Arts Festival.
The upcoming drum circle at the monument to the Choctaw Nation on Sunday, 29 October will be the third of the day’s drumming related and free-to-attend events.
The first event will be a drum making workshop held at Midleton Community Centre from 10am until 12pm. This event is open to all, including children, and will instruct participants on how to make drums from a variety of junk materials such as plastic and cardboard tubes, plastic bottles, tin cans, sticks, lids, buttons and more.
Midleton Community Centre will them hold a rhythm workshop later that day from 12.30-2.30pm to teaching drumbeating.
The final event of the three will be the drum circle itself at the Kindred Spirits monument, created by Alex Pentek, in Bailick Park, Midleton which will commence at 3pm.
All are welcome to each of the three events, all of which are held without charge due to the Midleton Arts Festival organisers receiving funding from Creative Ireland.
The Kindred Spirit Drum Circle originates from and expands upon the incredibly popular drum circle event, Awaken Kindred Spirits Drum Ceremony, which closed out the Midleton Arts Festival in May of this year. The first drum circle, as well as the Kindred Spirits sculpture where it took place, both recognise the kindness of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma which donated of $170 (approximately $4,400 today) to the Irish people made in 1847 in response to the Irish Famine.