Over 12,000 people experienced Clash of Drums/Danbor Talka, the official Spectacular for Rugby World Cup Host City Milton Keynes - on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October 2015. The event was commissioned by The Parks Trust and produced by The Stables and IF: Milton Keynes International Festival.
Here is the film made in Milton Keynes by Factotum:
Created by international companies Les Commandos Percu (from France) and Deabru Beltzak (from the Basque region of Spain), the procession through the city centre streets and grand finale at The Point Car Park were free to attend.
The two devilish tribes met in a cataclysmic collision of fast and frenzied drumming, war-like chanting, live music, dramatic fireworks and pyrotechnics. Eight UK and Milton Keynes-based artists from Festive Road trained with Les Commandos Percu and performed in Clash of Drums/Danbor Talka as part of an international professional development programme. Support was received from Arts Council England, Rugby World Cup 2015 and Milton Keynes Council.
What people said about the event:
“I can thoroughly recommend Clash of Drums in Central Milton Keynes. If you didn't go tonight, go tomorrow"
"INCREDIBLE! Go tomorrow if you missed it!!"
"A must see! So close to the action nearly had fireworks on my toes! WOW!
"That was utterly bonkers! Like a Mad Max/Street Riot mash-up. Loved every minute! Well done Clash of Drums"
“Exhilarating, spectacular, fun entertainment. Best event we've been to for a very long time. More, please!”
"Fantastic atmosphere, outstanding light & sound...missed out? See it tomorrow 9.30pm Campbell Park"
"Wow, wow, wow just been to Clash of Drums"
"What a special way to celebrate the Rugby World Cup in MK!"
"Milton Keynes hitting way above its weight tonight at the Clash of the Drums. Fantastic"
“It was fantastic, it really was! I was expecting it to be good, but it was far better than I could have hoped for. On a totally different level to what I expected. Absolutely awesome. I have seen plenty of good concerts (paid for) and this was up there with the very best of them and surpassed the vast majority. All who arranged this as a ‘free event’ should be commended - and Milton Keynes should be very proud. Nice one!!”
"Utterly extraordinary - never seen so many fireworks and drumming"
"Go see Clash of Drums after the Eng vs Aus game tomorrow!!!" "Absolutely amazing! MK mixing sport and art in a way only we can do!"
“This free event meant that even non-rugby fans got their fill of good things, with a terrific firework display illuminating the wonderful performers at play, or rather at battle, when the finale was delivered by The Point in the heart of town.” "Now that's what I call a Rugby World Cup spectacular!"
"That was sublime - can we do it again tomorrow please?"
"What a night at Clash of Drums - thousands attended. @IFMKfest @StablesMK @Festive_Road take a bow!"
"The atmosphere that was created was spectacular. I took the children and we got right next to the ramp leading up to the stage and right at the front so had an amazing view. The anticipation as you could hear the drums beating in the distance echoing off the walls of the city centre and the lights flashing in the sky was brilliant…the atmosphere was electric, the beats of the drums pounding through your chest like nothing I have ever experienced before. What a fantastic show to bring to Milton Keynes and all for free, I would have happily paid good money to watch a performance as good as that."