Born and grown in Liverpool, Katumba is passionate about making a positive impact on health, wellbeing and culture in the local community.
Whether it’s through vibrant public performances, inspiring workshops, or our weekly drumming and movement classes open to all; we love to bring people together. As our hub is closed for the foreseeable due to COVID-19 we’re now delivering a range of cultural wellbeing activities online! These classes are a brilliant way to stay connected and see familiar faces in this tough time – we look forward to welcoming everyone back very soon with open arms (and drum rolls) 🙂
Katumba’s welcoming community space is housed in John Archer Hall, Toxteth – where people from all walks of life come together for enriching wellbeing focused activities, including:
- DRUMMING & MOVEMENT – group drumming sessions and band rehearsals to bring people together
- YOGA – diverse and accessible classes for everyBODY
- WORKSHOPS – from teambuilding days and arts & crafts to masterclasses and soundbaths!
- DANCE & FITNESS
- CONSCIOUS CLUBBING & LIVE MUSIC EVENTS
- MULTI-PURPOSE – an affordable high quality venue/recording studio for meetings, rehearsals, performances, local residents and independent artists to access
We love working with young people and educators to highlight the importance of wellbeing through Katumba drumming and movement workshops and CPD – our diverse and engaging cross-curricular content has even been featured on Cbeebies!
Our community band truly represents what Liverpool is about; welcoming to all, fun, colourful, and full of character. With weekly rehearsals and regular gigs, it’s a great opportunity for members to make friends, learn a new skill, build confidence and become part of a family!
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Our outreach project BEAT IT focuses on health and wellbeing across Merseyside and the positivity that group drumming can bring to people’s lives. We also deliver projects with organisations such as Everton in the Community, National Stroke Association and Liverpool Mental Health Consortium to help those who may have experienced trauma or illness.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE TRIPS
Our conscious tourism changes lives through volunteer work and community development. Whilst we are based in Liverpool, our community is also in Brazil! Working with BrazUka International, Katumba has visited Recife, Brazil, to donate clothes, toys and our time to teaching and inspiring socio-disadvantaged children from favela communities. During our stay, our members learn from Brazilian mestres and local groups about the origins of drumming, and perform as part of the world famous Carnival celebrations!