Update #4 – The Search for Hosts Begins

Hello, Taiko Community!

I hope everyone has enjoyed all the beginning of the year festivities! I am writing to you to update everyone on NATC related news.

While the advent of vaccines and other environmental changes have given hope to the possibility of in-person events reigniting in the not-too-distant future, much is still unknown about what gatherings will look like over the next year. At large-scale event locations across the US, we are finding that it is still not possible to book spaces and safely secure a venue for a conference in the next year. Long story short, we will not be able to host NATC in 2022.

BUT, you know me – I like to look at the silver linings. Postponing NATC to 2023 will give us all a chance to get our bearings, feel safer to travel, and enjoy the conference itself to the fullest extent.

This also means that we have more time to work with potential host cities who are interested in sponsoring the next North American Taiko Conference. A request for proposals (RFP) will be launched later this year to determine where our next big taiko gathering will take place. I do love the mystery and suspense when thinking about where that next NATC might be, but if your group or region is interested in hosting, we encourage you to reach out to us (natc@taikocommunityalliance.org) with any questions you may have – we would love to hear from you! Otherwise, please be on the lookout for a formal announcement to be made on the TCA website and across our social media channels soon.

I would also like to take this opportunity to share about the programs TCA will be hosting in both 2021 and 2022. We are thrilled to announce for the first time that we will be hosting a virtual conference in late July/early August of 2021. This conference is separate from NATC and a completely new and unique variety of TCA programming with its own flavor and appeal. While we’re not quite ready to drop all the details today, you can keep an eye out for the official announcement in our March edition of the TCA Beat at the end of the month.

Finally, I hope everyone will join us in June for our newly annual Congra-CHU-Lations event where we will celebrate the graduating taiko seniors in the class of 2021 This live-streamed event is our virtual version of a graduation ceremony and will feature some cool taiko videos while supporting our taiko students, who have all championed taiko at their schools and stand to continue growing as leaders in our ever-expanding taiko community.

That’s all for now, taiko fam!

Love, Peace, and Elbow Grease,

Kristina McGaha
TCA Program Manager

Header Image photos courtesy of the following artists via Unsplash – in order from Left to Right: 
Pedro Marroquin, Makenzie Cooper, Thom Milkovic, Jean Carlo Emer, David Lusvardi, Frank Mckenna, and Zack Spear