Brace yourselves Central Illinois for the first ever Midwest Mandeng–a full weekend of dancing, drumming, partying, shopping, and community building. This year the festival will take place September 12-14 at the historic Urbana Landmark Hotel in the heart of downtown Urbana!
Midwest Mandeng will feature 9 drum workshops and 7 dance workshops led by some of the most talented instructors from Guinea, Senegal and Mali. The classes are “all levels” and will be open to people of all ages, races, sizes, classes and fitness ability. In fact, kids under 13 who are accompanying a paying adult attendee and senior citizens dance for free!
In addition to the workshops, there will also be a demonstration and Q&A session geared towards kids at the Urbana Free Library and a “dundunba” party which is an open dance party with live drumming. And to top it all off we are inviting vendors to participate in our African Marketplace to sell clothes, food, instruments or other small items.
Here is the tentative schedule for Midwest Mandeng 2014! Schedule is subject to change.