Grupo Folklórico de UCLA cordially invites you to our 12th annual Fiesta Mexicana. This year our theme, La Fiesta del Siglo, commemorates UCLA’s 100 year celebration. Our event is completely free and open to the public. Since our establishment in 1966, we as a group work to promote cultural diversity at UCLA and the greater Los Angeles area through our dance form and traditional music.
Our doors open at 5:30pm and show will start at 6pm! We will have special guests such as Banda La Prohibida, Conjunto Sexto Norte, Mariachi Uclatlán and San Gabriel Mission Marimba Ensemble. We are excited to have you all join us in this beautiful celebration!
Grupo Folklórico de UCLA los invita a nuestra docena celebración Fiesta Mexicana: La Fiesta del Siglo. Nuestro evento se centra en conmemorar los cien años desde su establecimiento en 1919. Nuestro evento es completamente gratis y abierto a todo publico. Desde nuestro establecimiento en 1966, como grupo trabajamos para promover la diversidad en nuestra cultura en UCLA y en la ciudad de Los Ángeles a través de nuestra danza y música tradicional.
¡Nuestras puertas se abrirán a las 5:30pm y la fiesta comienza a las 6pm en punto! Tendremos grupos musicales en vivo como Banda La Prohibida, Conjunto Sexto Norte, Mariachi Uclatlán, y San Gabriel Mission Marimba Ensemble. ¡Estamos muy emocionados a tenerlos como audiencia en nuestra gran fiesta!
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EVENT ORGANIZERS
To Whom It May Concern:
Grupo Folklórico de UCLA was established in 1966 as part of the World Arts and Culture Department. We are a student-run organization that remains committed to promoting our cultural heritage through regional and traditional dances. With more than 200 students in our group, our goal is to create a space where our members feel empowered and proud of their cultural roots. Our group of students, from diverse areas of study, such as Engineering, Biology and Political Science, all strive to become leaders in their professional and influencers in their community. With over 1,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram, Grupo has played an important role in promoting our culture on digital platforms. Through dance, artistic expression and our participation in different community events throughout Los Angeles, we aim to promote cultural awareness and encourage youth to celebrate their culture and to pursue higher education. As danzantes, we strive for individual and collective growth to become better performers and curators of our culture.
Each year, Grupo hosts its FREE “Fiesta Mexicana” event that attracts a culturally diverse crowd of 1,900 individuals from all over Los Angeles County. This year, it'll be on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Royce Hall. In our show, we highlight the rich culture of Mexico through traditional dances and live music. Our presentations showcase regional dances from seven different states of Mexico, including Chiapas, Tamaulipas, Baja California, Jalisco, and Oaxaca. For the past 12 years, we have performed at the famous Royce Hall. This facility has been ideal for a show of this magnitude as it is able to facilitate all our needs. The price for this venue rounds up to $19,000 and continues to increase every year, which makes it difficult to get the necessary funding to pay for it. As a cabinet, we attend countless hearings, make posters, and create surveys to meet the requirements for these funds. We rely on these funds each year to make our show possible. This year, however, we have received an inadequate amount of funding for our show. Commitments have not been reached like previous years, and due to the insufficient funds we need alternative funding sources in order to continue with this tradition for the next generation of students.
UCLA, a historic institution of higher education requires spaces where individuals can express themselves and celebrate their cultural roots. Grupo Folklórico is one of many groups on campus that accomplishes this. As a group, we aim at providing an opportunity for self-expression, not only for the 20% of Latinos on campus, but for anyone who is looking to celebrate their traditions through an artistic form. Our goals and our purpose not only enhance the campus’ cultural diversity, they enhance the interests of UCLA. Families, alumni and local office holders expect this event to happen. The 200 students who have worked hard on this event all year round should not be shown the door. We are ask you for a generous donation to make this event a reality. Of course, anything would help and it would be greatly appreciated. The donations could be made through cash, check, or venmo. Our venmo is @GFdeUCLA.
We, Grupo Folklorico de UCLA thank you for your time in reading this request. We are grateful for any donation you make to our cause.