Drum circles make music & community in Vancouver by Maral Lotfian

Maral Lotfian is a master’s student in intercultural and international communication at Royal Roads University. Lotfian shares her insight into drum circles making music & community in Vancouver, as they celebrate their 80th birthday. The drum circles have played an important role in influencing Vancouverite culture to the extent that arguably they can be viewed as a small-scale cultural group, one that is formed to bring communities together and to promote the active production of music as opposed to the continuous passive consumption of it.

A unique feature of these drum circles is the sense of community and connectedness that they have created. The drum circles are good examples of how we can respect and celebrate inclusiveness, cooperation, and equality. Everyone is welcome to participate in these gatherings.

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