Maybe you are a regular handpan festival goer, or maybe you are looking to plan your first attendance at a handpan gathering. This guide is to point you in the right direction for every organized meeting around the world in 2020
The aim is to provide a handpan festival list in chronological order. First, bullet listed and then, each with a dedicated section for more information, reports, updates, and links to resources. Please feel free to browse the list, locate your preferred event and then scroll down for the same order in the dedicated sections.
See you in 2020 somewhere!
2020 Handpan Festivals List
Updated in Bangkok February 2020
|PanOz Festival||16 – 20 Jan||Australia|
|Bangkok Handpan Gathering||2 February||Thailand|
|NIVAAN Handpan & World Music Festival||7 – 9 February||India|
|Portugal Handpan Festival||27 – 29 March||Portugal|
|Super Bloom Women’s Gathering||2 – 6 April||California|
|HGMF – Handpan Turtle Day Raduno||5 April||Italy|
|Pantasia Handpan Gathering||9 – 12 April||California|
|The Sound of Sisters 2020||17 – 20 April||Germany|
|Ding in Balance||TBC||China|
|Handpan Festival Berlin 2020||8 – 9 May||Germany|
|PANiaque||15 – 18 May||Canada|
|Handpaname||15 – 16 May||France|
|HONA (Hang Out Naxos)||29 – 2 June||Greece|
|UFO BUFO 2020||18 – 21 June||Czech Rep|
|Handpanala||30 -31 May||France|
|Hang Uut||10 – 14 June||Netherlands|
|Tokyo Handpan Festival||13 -14 June||Japan|
|HandPan World Music Festival||26 – 28 June||France|
|Resonance Gathering Festival 2020||27 – 28 June||Belgium|
|HUG – Handpan & Worldmusic Gathering||2 – 5 July||Hungary|
|Eté Nomade – “Hang & Didg”||3 – 5 July||France|
|Italy Handpan Festival 2020||TBC||Italy|
|Housa HangOut USA||TBC||N Carolina|
|Reminiscence Handpan Gathering||TBC||N Carolina|
|GRIASDI – Handpan & World Music||22 – 26 July||Austria|
|Turtle Beach Handpan Gathering||TBC||Switzerland|
|PanTriBE||24 – 30 August||Belgium|
|Hang’In Azores||4 -6 Sept||Azores|
|HangOut UK||11 – 13 Sept||England|
|Steel Mountain||TBC||Estes Park US|
|Singading||24 – 27 Sept||Spain|
|PANTAM Festival Israel||TBC||Isreal|
|Handpan Festival Nürnberg||13 – 15 Nov||Germany|
Held in Victoria. Sugarloaf on the Great Ocean Road is the venue. Tickets are available with camping or cabin accommodation and all food is included in the ticket price
Bangkok Handpan Gathering
With various events throughout the day including accompanied yoga sessions, Introductory handpan workshops, and a concert, there is something for everyone at the gathering.
The venue is easy to find off the Bangkok skytrain
Check out the Bkk Handpan Gathering facebook page for more details
NIVAAN Handpan & World Music Festival
It’s off to Goa for the next event this year.
A full three-day event featuring 30+ artists, 20 live performances including appearances from Kabeção and Nadishana amongst others.
You should be aware that while there is a restaurant on-site, it will not cater to Vegans or gluten-free diners, and no food/drink is permitted to be brought into the venue.
Camping is also not an option but there are numerous accommodation and eating options within a short distance of the festival venue
More details on the NIVAAN Website
Portugal Handpan Festival
To the most south-western part of Europe for the next festival of the year. It’s Portugal and guess who will be in attendance again. Kabeção is headlining the performances, while there are workshops, Yoga, meditation and much more.
Mercury have supplied a handpan for the raffle and there are also products from Hardcase Technologies too!
The venue is in Santarem, about a 1 hr drive from Lisbon
Visit the festival website for the full program of events
Super Bloom Women’s Gathering
Ladies only is the order of the day for the very first Super Bloom Women’s gathering, for mind soul and body.
A full 4 days are on offer at Desert Arts Collective, 320 Parrish Rd. Tecopa, CA 92389. United States
Take a look at the dedicated website for this inaugural event, to see if it will suit you.
- Fri – Sat Activation Workshops
- Sunday Deep Dive Intensives
- Guided Nature Explorations
- Daily Sister Circles
- Hot Springs Soaks
- Moon Ceremony + Drum Circle
- Sisterly Commune + Unity
- Guided Music, Movement, Art and Healing sessions
- Breath & Singing Circles
- Body-Mind-Spirit Movement Circles
Sunday Workshops and Private 1-1 Sessions for massage, body work, Lucia Light sessions etc. will be available for additional costs.
HGMF – Handpan Turtle Day Raduno 2020
Tons of stuff going on at HGMF, so you’ll be in for a busy day.
The day also includes various workshop options, performances, and a special 432hz performance session
More details can be found on the facebook page for the event
Pantasia Handpan Gathering
Getting ready for its seventh occurrence in 2020 Pantasia is organized and run by Stevan Morris of Hamsa Handpans
A full 4-day event is held at Joshua tree retreat center, 59700 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
A fully inclusive weekend, full details of the current schedule that is subject to change can be found on the registration info page
The Sound of Sisters (Women’s Handpan Gathering 2020)
The second Ladies only handpan gathering of the year, the Sound of Sisters moves into its second year after a successful inaugural event last year.
This gathering aims to unite female handpan players, musicians and enthusiasts in creating a safe, comfortable, creative and empowering space for us to grow as a community & personally.Sound of Sisters
It is made very clear that owning your own handpan is not essential to be a part of this gathering, so if the purchase of a handpan is on your horizon, or you have been considering the possibility, this might be the event to tip you over the edge.
Held in Germany, there is lots going on including
- ALL meals (Vegetarian/Vegan and Organic) – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Tea / Coffee / Snacks.
- ALL handpan workshops
- Guided Jam sessions
- Healing Space
- Open Space
- Community Fire Space
- Sauna & Swimming Pond
- Singing Circles
- Guided Ceremony
- Sisterhood Themed Workshops
Ding in Balance
Not a lot of info about Ding In Balance 2020 going around and the website doesn’t seem to be working either.
Keep an eye on the Ding in Balance facebook page for more information and updated.
For now, I’m afraid I can offer no further details
Handpan Festival Berlin 2020
This will be the fourth event for the Handpan Festival Berlin.
Taking place over the 8th and 9th May in Berlin.
PANiaque takes place in Canada in May.
Another wonderfully intimate event, numbers usually do not exceed 70 people.
Performances and workshops are plentiful in a tranquil setting.
Handpaname is the first of a host of handpan festival taking place in France.
Planned for the 15/16 May more details of the event are released as an when organized on the official facebook page
HONA (Hang Out Naxos)
An inspiring event spanning four full days in Greece where artists and enthusiasts come together to explore, music, the mind, and the heart.
A coming together of sound explorers who wish to share their love and create beautiful auditory landscapes that bypass the rational mind and go straight to the heart.HONA
With a plethora of workshops, this Hangout Series gathering continues to grow and bring together minds in the beautiful setting of the island of Naxos
HangOut Series – UK, HOUSA, Hand-Utt, HONA
Full details of this all-inclusive gathering in the sunshine can be found on the HONA website.
Hanpanala will take place at the end of May, at Rue des Fabriques 68470 Fellering, Alsace, France
At the early part of the year the guys will be looking for volunteers, to help this festival take place, So take a look at the official Facebook page and get in touch if you want to help.
Hang Uut – The Netherlands
Another of the “HangOut” series of gatherings, this time held in the Netherlands.
Rob Verheul and Lisette Rosa Rozendal organize this get together along with a bunch of volunteers in a serene and intimate setting.
One of only three additional events to use the HangOut name the 2020 dates have just been released and it will take place in June
Tokyo Handpan Festival
After a successful inaugural event in 2019, it is good to see the Tokyo handpan festival return for the second time in 2020.
Organized by the Tokyo Handpan Lab, last year saw big numbers in attendance and much the same can be expected once again.
HandPan World Music Festival
Ok, we move onto a BIG one! The handpan world music festival can attract numbers up to 5000/6000 and encompasses three days in June.
With Wellness, Workshops, Street-Arts, Camping and more, this is not you ‘usual’ handpan gathering. rather a celebration of new world music with handpan leading the way.
Here is a teaser for the weekend
Resonance Gathering Festival 2020
What began as an informal ‘didge’ get together has grown into a world music event. Whilst still didge driven, the handpan makes an annual appearance in growing numbers and qualifies in the festival list this year.
Taking place in Belgium immediately after the Handpan World Music festival, if you can join the pair into a single trip, this is the perfect comedown event.
Check the resonance gathering website for more details as they are released.
HUG – Hungarian Handpan & Worldmusic Gathering
As we move into the second half of the year the first gathering in July will be in Hungary
Again, this is a World Music event and not limited to handpan, and will attract up to 1000 attendees.
The setting is almost perfect; Bakony which is a mountainous region of Transdanubia in Hungary.
The HUGFestival website has full details and ticket information
GRIASDI Handpan Gathering & Festival
A comprehensive 5-day festival in Austria comprising of
- Free entry to win a MERAKI handpan in the raffle
- Workshops [Additional cost may be required]
- Tent or camper camping area
- Huge site to wander, explore and jam
- Indoor areas to shelter
- Free drinking water
- Fair prices of food and drinks vendors
- ALL CONCERTS @ the GRIASDI FESTIVAL
Eté Nomade – 7e Convention “Hang & Didg”
France again for the Ete Nomade.
Taking place at the same time as HUG, is you can’t make Hungary, perhaps France is an option.
Limited information to hand at the time of writing, but check the facebook page for more info s released.
Italy Handpan Festival 2020
No definite date on this festival for 2020 as yet, but with editions in both 2018 and 2019 taking place in July, one might consider this to be a good guess.
I will update this section with more information as it becomes available, but you can also check by keeping ane ye on the Italy Handpan festival facebook page too.
Housa HangOut USA
This US HangOut is in the list more out of hope than expectation as the last time we saw this festival take place was in 2018.
the 2020 vision outreach is in place to see what you would like to see at HOUSA if it should happen.
Take a look at the HOUSA Website, find out more and make it happen!
Reminiscence Handpan Gathering
As we move to dates later in the year, at the time of writing, [January] some dates are yet to be releases and Reminiscence is no different.
Last taking place in July 2019, I’ve put it down for July for now and will update as more details become available.
I hope to be able to update you with confirmed dates soon
Turtle Beach Handpan Gathering
Turtle Beach takes place in Switzerland – where there are no turtles. Not many beaches either!!
What you do get is the only handpan gathering in the home of the Hang, and a group of enthusiasts eager to meet, greet, jam and play
To find out more, join the Turtle Beach facebook group.
The second festival in Belgium on the list, PanTriBe is a full week-long handpan festival and one of a kind.
The first three and a half days are dedicated to “Academy” with immersive workshops with top instructors. You will explore group play, music theory, basic technique, and more advanced exploration. These workshops are good for absolute beginners and more experienced players alike
Then the final 3 and a half days are Thursday to Sunday where amazing performers will be showcased, workshops will continue, friends will be made and Hummus will be consumed. lot’s of Hummus!
One of the coolest geographies for a festival, the Azores are as cool as it gets, and we have 3 days in the middle of the Atlantic to meet and connect with each other and our music.
With sessions, both performance and jamming around the big bonfire, this is handpan festival heaven if you can get there
Check out the Hangin Azores website for more details as they are added
The original HangOut gathering. Mellow Farm is, as always, the venue for this limited place festival organized and run by Kelly Hutchinson and Rob Watkins.
Tickets are by application and then draw. If you are lucky enough to be allocated a ticket you’ll join a select band of enthusiasts in what will the 14th year
Steel Mountain takes place at Estes mountain in the US. We await the confirmed dates for 2020 at the time of writing.
The event is open to everyone, including non-handpan owners. If you are in Colorado, or within traveling distance and don’t own a handpan yet, get along and confirm that desire.
Covering a full four days, you should also be aware that your ticket is fully inclusive of all meals whilst on site.
Get ready to reconnect with yourself and others in the Rockies and check the Steel Mountain website for details as they are released.
Singading takes place in Spain in the northern city and capital Barcelona.
We all do Singading, a non-profit event that is built with the contribution of all those who gather during 3 days of intensive coexistence in an ideal space for collaboration and exchangesingading philosophy
PANTAM Festival Israel
The Pantam festival in Tel Aviv Isreal moves into its 6th year and has grown to around 500 attendees.
No confirmed dates as yet, but we can confidently expect them to come in October
The facebook page will offer more information in the meantime.
Handpan Festival Nürnberg
Another of the newer handpan festivals, this time in Germany, and ready to follow up on a successful inaugural event in 2019.
3 days between 13th and 15th November
Handpans can be provided for the workshops, so a great opportunity for enthusiasts yet to commit to an instrument.
Performances galore including from Malte Marten [Yatao], keep up to date with all performances arranged and details of workshops for the 3 days from the Handpan Festival Nurnberg website
I await confirmed 2020 dates for Panada, the final festival on the list.
Taking place in Quebec, probably in November the event first took place in 2017.
There is a facebook group which can be joined to keep up to date with the latest information on Panada 2020
Full list of Handpan Festivals
- PanOz Festival
- Bangkok Handpan Gathering
- NIVAAN Handpan & World Music Festival
- Portugal Handpan Festival
- Super Bloom Women’s Gathering
- HGMF – Handpan Turtle Day Raduno 2020
- Pantasia Handpan Gathering
- The Sound of Sisters (Women’s Handpan Gathering 2020)
- Ding in Balance
- Handpan Festival Berlin 2020
- HONA (Hang Out Naxos)
- UFO BUFO 2020
- Hang Uut – The Netherlands
- Tokyo Handpan Festival
- HandPan World Music Festival
- Resonance Gathering Festival 2020
- HUG – Hungarian Handpan & Worldmusic Gathering
- Eté Nomade – 7e Convention “Hang & Didg”
- Italy Handpan Festival 2020
- Housa HangOut USA
- Reminiscence Handpan Gathering
- GRIASDI – Handpan & World Music GATHERING & FESTIVAL
- Turtle Beach Handpan Gathering
- Hang’In Azores
- HangOut UK
- Steel Mountain
- PANTAM Festival Israel
- Handpan Festival Nürnberg