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The ‘Big Event’ at Farnborough Airship Hangar

Hampshire County Council’s Music Service created a fantastic day of entertainment for Farnborough on Saturday 23 June as part of its London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme ‘Hampshire Welcomes the World’.

Hundreds of Farnborough’s families and young people joined local communities, schools and music ensembles in the Farnborough Airship Hangar last weekend for a day of Asian-themed musical activities, workshops and performances. On offer were performances and demonstrations of Indonesian Gamelan (traditional music from Java), Japanese Taiko (large drums struck with a beater) and North Indian Tabla (a pair of hand drums).

Rushmoor schools were joined by Hampshire Music Service ensembles, the First Naumati Baja Gulmi UK Nepalese music band and professional players, with a stunning final set from The Dhol Foundation. The day was complemented with an Asian BBQ at the Aviators Café & Bar. In addition to the huge range of music available people were able to enjoy craft and sports activities and visit the FAST museum displays.

In the build up to the Big Event more than 700 students from the area had participated in weeks of rehearsals and workshops exploring the music of Asia and many of those involved came on the day to share their music.

Drumming at Farnborough HWTW

The Dhol Foundation, courtesy of Cass Productions

Hampshire Music service would like to thank the West End Centre for supporting the whole programme, the IQ Farnborough for permission to use the site, and Hampshire County Council and Rushmoor Borough Council who funded the event.

The final two Big Events take place in the New Forest on Saturday 30 June and at Staunton Country Park on Sunday 8 July. For more details on these events and on Hampshire Welcomes the World please visit the website.