Encuentro & FandangObon

October 21–22, 2017

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 Festival & Farmer’s 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 and 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



FandangObon 2016


Fandangobon 2015 Footage

FandangObon is an annual festival in Los Angeles that brings together the Japanese, Mexican, and African-American communities into one circle to share participatory music and dance traditions in order to celebrate Mother Earth. This video contains highlights of FandangObon 2015, held on October 25 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Last August, Nobuko Miyamoto, Great Leap Founder and Artistic director, created "SEMBAZURU," an oboe dance for children dedicated to children who suffer from violence all across the world. Nobuko was inspired by the Story Of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 years old girl who died from leukemia after being exposed to the radiation from the Hiroshima bombing.