FandangObon and Encuentro This Weekend at JACCC


FandangObon incorporates music and dance from Japan, Mexico and West Africa. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)


The sixth annual FandangObon Festival will be held the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.

Presented by Great Leap, JACCC, Sustainable Little Tokyo and Artivist Entertainment, FandangObon is a community festival gathering folks of all ages and cultures that grows solidarity and sustainability from the wisdom of our roots.

Environmental Encuentro workshops will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participate in art and gardening workshops that share useful techniques and hear special guests from Veracruz, Mexico: Mizumi Familia, fandango practitioners of Japanese descent, who developed a community garden, Jardin Kojima.

Musicians Julio Mizumi, Kojima, and Belen Torres Morales are descendants of people who came from Japan to work in Veracruz in the early 1900s.

Cost $10, which includes lunch. To register, go to: www.jaccc.org/fandangobon/

On Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m., join the circle and bridge the participatory music and dance traditions of fandango of Veracruz, 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. Hundreds of folks of all ages and cultures will celebrate connections to each other and our environment.