In 1988 Xihomara Granados and Jorge Hurtado met while dancing with the London based group “Mariachi Azteca”. Being both Colombians and students of Colombian folklore, they started rehearsing to put together a couple of dances for their 1st show on July 1988.
During the next few months and with the addition of other young Latin-American people to the group, in October 1988 Yurupari Gupo Folklorico performed at the Chelsea Barracks for the 1st Anglo Latino American Fundation Festival in London.
By the summer of 1989 the group grew to a 16 dancers and performed at the Oval House theatre a full-length show of 2hours.
From there Yurupari Grupo Folklorico has performed for many private and public events, they had appear on television, participate on plays and represent Colombia and Latin America in various countries in Europe.
To mention just a few:
-July 1989 Gran Gran Fiesta Jubilee Gardens
-July 1993 Carnaval Colombiano at the Roundhouse Highbury
-May 1996 Dance World Exhibition Wembley Conference Centre
-September 1996 Colores de Colombia Barbican Centre (with Toto la Momposina)
-December 1997 Grand Carnaval Ball Wycombe Town Hall
-Aug 1998 Opening of the Lambeth Conference, Catembury Cathedral (attended by the Prince of Wales and broadcasted internationally by the BBC).
-May 2002 Fiesta da Cultura Victoria Embankment Gardens, London
-March 2004 FOCSA’s Spring Fiesta, Marriot Hotel, London
-Aug 2008/9/11/14 Birmingham Latin American Festival
-November 2009 Day of the Death at the British Museum
-July 2010 Colombia 200 Years of Indepence Vinopolis (with Jaiteros de San Jacinto)
-2010 Chinese New Year Celebrations at Eastbourne
-1999/00/04/05/16 Carnaval del Pueblo/ Plaza Latina Burges Park, Elephant & Castle
-Jun 2011 Refugee Week at the Victoria & Albert Museum
-Nov 2013 Beyond El Dorado Exhibition at the British Museum
-April 2014 FOCSA’s Spring Fiesta, Marriot Hotel, London.
-June 2016 Plaza Latina, Elephant & Castle, London
-November 2016 Fundacion Hogueras Latin Extravaganza,
In November 2012 Yurupari Grupo Folklorico sold out 4 days of performances at the Bolivar Hall, London for their show “Latin America con Fuego y Alegria”
In November 2016 Yurupari Grupo Folklorico repeated their passed success with their new show “This is Colombia” at the Toynbee Theatre, London
-1992 Valleta Malta
-1994 Calais France
-1999 Aberdeen Scotland
-2012-2013 Oslo Norway
-2015 Barcelona Spain
For the last 18th years one of Yurupari Grupo Folklorico’s aim is to educate people and disseminate the knowledge of the Latin America Culture in the UK. Yurupari had done hundreds of dance workshops in schools, community centres, churches, cultural centres and many other public and private venues to fulfil this aim.