FandangObon & Encuentro

Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22, 2017


 Photo by Mike Murase

Photo by Mike Murase

The 5th annual FandangObon (FO) Project is a growing Angeleno tradition that culminates on October 21 with an Environmental Encuentro, and October 22 with the music and dance FandangObon Festival & Market at JACCC, the historic cultural crossroads of Boyle Heights and Bronzeville. Hundreds of folks of all ages and cultures will celebrate connections to each other and mother earth. 

Great Leap’s FO convenes into one circle the participatory music and dance traditions of Fandango of Vera Cruz, Mexico rooted in African, Mexican and indigenous music; Japanese Buddhist Obon circle dances in remembrance of ancestors; and West African dance and drums of Nigeria and New Guinea. 

Quetzal Flores and Martha Gonzalez of QUETZAL, Grammy-award winning band along with other artists activists, have helped spread the Fandango throughout the U.S.. Great Leap’s Nobuko Miyamoto has composed contemporary Obon pieces danced by over 10,000 people yearly at Obon Festivals in So Cal. Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble and Le Ballet Dembaya take W. African dance into schools and communities throughout LA. 

Community Partners include:
- Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
- Artivist Entertainment
- Sustainable Little Toky
- LA Commons
- Little Tokyo Service Center…

Partially funded by: 
- California Arts Council
- Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
- Artivist Entertainment



A partnership between SLT, JACCC, Great Leap, Artivist Entertainment, and Quetzal!