Annual HandPan Gatherings, Meet-Ups, and Festivals

While it’s just not practical for us to list every HandPan gig, or gathering that we come across (as much as we’d like to), with them having been and gone, almost as soon as we get around to writing,and posting about them. If you’re looking to meet up with other like-minded HandPan musicians, or perhaps even get your first taste of HandPan goodness (most players are happy to let those who have yet to experience their first HandPan, and who are respectful to the delicate nature of the instruments, to have a play). You could do worse than checking out, and perhaps buying a ticket to attend, one of the growing number of annually held Hang / HandPan gatherings, meet-up’s, and festivals.


Traditionally held at ‘Mellow Farm’, on the Hampshire-Surrey border alongside the River Wey, HangOut is the UK held Hang / HandPan festival. Into its third year (at time of writing), HangOut features live performances, jams, open mics, and workshops, and is usually held towards the end of September.

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The U.S. held HandPan gathering, Handpangea, brings together Hang, and HandPan lovers from all corners of the globe. Into its second year (at time of writing), Handpangea, is traditionally held at the ‘Laughing Waters Retreat Center’, near Ashville, North Carolina. And in addition to the workshops, jam sessions, and performances, has in the past seen Pantheon Steel (makers of the Halo), run exclusive lotteries, offering Handpangea attendees the chance to win their highly sought after HandPan.

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Hang uut
Into its third year (at time of writing) the ‘Hang uut’, is the Netherlands based Hang / HandPan gathering, traditionally held at Wapserveen, Drenthe, in Holland. As with the other gatherings, and festivals, the Hang uut offers workshops, performances, and jamming sessions. Held within the grounds of the ‘Atelier dell ‘Arte’, a beautiful retreat built upon an old Saxon farm

Other HandPan festivals and gatherings include:

* Song of the Forest (Georgia, U.S.)
* Hang'In Azores (Pico Azores)
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