Handpan Day is an annual global celebration of the handpan instrument and the culture that has grown around it over the last two decades. It is a commemoration of the artistic, technical and cultural growth of this young instrument, its roots, and the myriad of experiences it has created for those connected to it. For a massive number of people, handpan has been an endless source of joy, hope, friendships, identity and belonging.
Handpan, or cupola, is a melodic percussion instrument that emerged in the beginning of the millennium. Its roots are in the steelpans of Trinidad and the Indian ghatam (which is why it is also called pantam). It is an ever evolving instrument as makers continue to push the bounds of physics to create new musical possibilities for the player.
During the last two decades a global community and culture has grown around the instrument by means of regular gatherings, festivals and workshops. In 2020 most of these events were canceled, which is why we have even more reason to celebrate Handpan Day this year and to seek connection in all ways we can!
And finally, if you’d like to support the handpan culture, consider donating to the crowdfunding campaign organized by Handpan Community United to protect the future of these instruments and our creative expression. You can read more about the campaign and its background here.