World Drum Festival
The Popakademie’s drummers and percussionists are world renowned. In 2017, four of our instructors were nominated to the annual Readers Poll in »Modern Drummer«, the world’s most influential magazine for drummers. Against this backdrop, the Popakademie hosts the World Drum Festival every November - in 2019 for the fifth time.
The festival serves as a meeting point for drummers and percussionists from different cultures to make music, exchange ideas and network. Workshops, master classes, panels and concerts allow world-class soloists the chance to present themselves to an interested audience. They highlight the current state of affairs in the global jazz and pop music scene.
Past participants include Jost Nickel, Benny Greb, Claus Hessler, Annika Nilles, Rhani Krija, Pete Lockett, Firas Hassan, Domenico Russo Antunez, Pape Samory Seck, Florian Alexandru-Zorn, Lui Ludwig, Trilok Gurtu, Michael Küttner, José Cortijo, Moritz Müller, Mamadou Diabate and many more. The festival takes place in cooperation with the Cultural Office of the City of Mannheim and the drummers’ association Percussion Creativ.