For one weekend, a diverse community came together in Champaign-Urbana to celebrate West African culture at the Midwest Mandeng. The festival of drum and dance involves three days of demonstrations, workshops, shopping and partying.
graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective
Master artists are flown in to perform and teach classes. Most of them teach techniques from Mali and Guinea.
Johnson County Fall Festival 2013 (Courtesy of The Vienna Times)
For Johnson County in southern Illinois, the first week of October is more than just the start of a new month. It’s the beginning of the area’s biggest fall celebration: the Fall Festival.
This year, despite cold temperatures and blistery winds, the festival’s main attraction, the parade, went off without a hitch and was one of the best in recent years according to many locals.
It seems that bad weather is becoming the calling card of the parade, as this is not the first year mother nature has not complied.
To see coverage of the parade click here.