Historical Timeline

 

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UP WITH PEOPLE FACTS

  • 22,000+ cast members representing over 130 countries since 1965
  • Up with People has performed over 24,000 shows in more than 70 countries
  • Over 370 original songs have been written for Up with People shows
  • Up with People has made 14,000 visits to communities and traveled over 5.5 million miles (9 million kilometers)
  • Approximately 1.1 billion people have experienced an Up with People show live or via radio, tv, or streaming media
  • Over 800,000 host families have hosted cast members
  • Up with People cast members have performed more than 3 million service hours in communities around the world
  • Up with People has performed in 4 Super Bowls and at 7 World Expos

1960's

 

  • 1965 Sing Out ‘65 performs the first public shows on August 7th and 8th before 2800 people including 59 senators and congressmen at the Ezio Pinza Outdoor Theater in North Stamford, CT
  • 1965 Sing Out ‘65 performs the first sponsored show for an audience of 5,000 at the Washington, DC Hilton Hotel. The show was arranged by a 95 person congressional committee of members of both parties some who had seen the show in Cape Cod, MA and invited Sing Out ‘65 to Washington, DC.  At the end of a long standing ovation, members of Sing Out ‘65 invited J. Blanton Belk backstage and told him that they would like to go on the road. We took a big leap of faith and said, “Let’s do it!”
  • 1965  Sing Out High School begins with 35 students from the first cast
  • 1965 Sing Out ‘65 crosses the country and makes two significant appearances
  • 1965 Sing Out ‘65 travels to Japan and Korea
  •  1966 Up with People introduces new show, “Sing Out ‘66”
  • 1966 Local Sing Outs established in the U.S.A. and abroad
  • 1966 Sing Out ‘66 performs at Constitution Hall, Washington, DC for 1,000 senators, congressmen, ambassadors, military personnel, April 27-28, 1966
  • 1966 Sing Out ‘66 travels to West Germany,  Austria and Spain. The cast meets former German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer who encourages J. Blanton Belk to incorporate as an independent program for the youth of the world, May-June, 1966
  • 1966 Schick TV Spectacular featuring the Sing Out ‘65 musical Up with People broadcast on national TV to an audience of 100 million, May 1966
  • 1966 Sing Out casts meet former President Dwight Eisenhower in Gettysburg, PA and former President Harry S. Truman in Independence, MO in May, 1966
  • 1966 First tours of Puerto Rico, Panama, Jamaica, Venezuela and Mexico, Oct.-Dec., 1966
  • 1967 Up with People introduces new show, The Up with People Show
  • 1967 Cast is invited to perform for former President Dwight Eisenhower in Indio, CA, Feb. 13, 1967
  • 1967 Reader’s Digest founder Dewitt Wallace underwrites first nationwide tour
  • 1967 First World Sing Out Festival is held at Ft. Slocum, NY, Summer 1967
  • 1967 Sing Out performs at the Expo ‘67 in Montreal, Canada, August 10-12, 1967
  • 1967 First Carnegie Hall performance, New York City, Sept. 9, 1967
  • 1968 First tour of Norway, Finland and Denmark, January-April, 1968
  • 1968 Up with People is received by Pope Paul VI February 28, 1968
  • 1968 Up with People’s second performance at Carnegie Hall, New York City, May 14, 1968
  • 1968 Second World Up with People Festival is held at Ft. Slocum, NY, Summer 1968
  • 1968 Up with People performs at the 8th anniversary celebration of the Republic of the Congo, June-July, 1968
  • 1968 Up with People is incorporated as a non-profit international, educational organization, July 23, 1968
  • 1968 Up with People NBC TV special hosted by Bob Hope and sponsored by Coca-Cola and Reader's Digest televised on August 23, 1968 
  • 1968 First tour of Argentina and Uruguay by special Spanish-speaking cast, Oct. 1968
  • 1969 Up with People cast rides the theme float in the Nixon Inaugural Parade on January 20, 1969
  • 1969 First tour of Belgium and France, April-June 1969
  • 1969 Up with People performs for King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium at the Royal Greenhouse  in Brussels, June 1969
  • 1969 Up with People performs for 34,000 Boy Scouts at the National Scout Jamboree, July 1969
  • 1969 The  H. J. Chocktim Smithfields group created in Summer, 1969
  • 1969 Cast returns to Mexico sponsored by Pepsi-Cola Mexicana, October 24-December 5, 1969

1970's

 

  • 1970 Up with People performs at halftime at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, January 1, 1970
  • 1970 Gala performances given at L'Olympia Music Hall in Paris, January 1970
  • 1970 First performance in Royal Albert Hall in London, May 1970
  • 1970 Up with People appears at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan,  May 31-June 2, 1970 
  • 1970 First tour of The Netherlands, June 1970
  • 1970 First tour of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia by the Smithfields, Fall 1970
  • 1970 Pepsi-Cola Mexicana sponsors a 9 week tour of Mexico, Fall 1970
  • 1971 Up with People and the Smithfields performing with Bob Hope for the National Governors Conference at The White House, February 23, 1971
  • 1971 First performance in Lincoln Center, New York City, April 21, 1971
  • 1971 Pepsi Cola of Japan sponsors Up with People’s 13 city tour of Japan, April-May 1971
  • 1972 Up with People introduces new show, Let All the People In
  • 1972   Up with People performs for the third time at Carnegie Hall, New York City on April 26-27, 1972
  • 1972 Up with People performs at the Olympic Village Theatre, Munich, Sept. 6, 1972 after the tragic massacre of Israeli athletes
  • 1972 General Electric sponsored tour of 23 cities and plants, Fall 1972
  • 1973 Up with People introduces new show, The Further We Reach Out
  • 1973 The Up with People CBS TV special televised on April 14, 1973
  • 1973 Cast performs for H.R.H. Princess Margaret at Royal Albert Hall, London on October 10, 1973
  • 1974 Up with People introduces new show, Livin’ On
  • 1974 Cast performs at the World Expo-Spokane sponsored by General Electric, May-October 1974
  • 1974First visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, Fall 1974
  • 1974 First tour of Yugoslavia where the cast performed in 23 cities in 27 days, Fall 1974
  • 1975 Up with People introduces new show,  Bicentennial Tour
  • 1975 Up with People performs in 771 cities in all 50 states for 3.9 million people during the Bicentennial tour of United States from September, 1975 to July, 1976
  • 1975 First visit of an Up with People cast to Morocco, March 9-24, 1975
  • 1975 Up with People invited to facilitate Boston public school desegregation, October, 1975
  • 1975 Up with People spent 30 days in Mexico from Apr. 13-May 12,1975  sponsored by Televisa
  • 1975 Cast visits 15 Southwestern tribes in 17 different communities in Arizona and New Mexico, Fall 1975 
  • 1976 Up with People performs halftime show at  Super Bowl X Miami, FL on January 18, 1976
  • 1976 Cast tours Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Poland for the first time; cast returns to Austria  and Yugoslavia
  • 1977 Up with People introduces new show, Push On Through
  • 1977 Cast performs for President Gerald Ford and Bob Hope at the Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony in Houston, TX, January 27, 1977
  • 1977 Cast presents three TV specials with Televisa in Mexico
  • 1978  First tour of Sweden, January 1978  
  • 1978 Harte-Hankes Newspapers, Inc. sponsors a 17 city tour, Feb.-April, 1978
  • 1978 Up with People’s first visit to the People’s Republic of China, May 1978
  • 1978 Tenth Anniversary celebration held in Houston, TX in November, 1978
  • 1978 General Electric Centennial Tour of 22 states and 44 cities, Fall 1978
  •  1979 Up with People introduces new show, People Are The Energy
  • 1979 King Juan Carlos of Spain meets the cast in Madrid, Fall 1979 during Up with People’s tour of 47  cities throughout 14 Spanish regions

1980's

 

  • 1980 Cast performs during halftime at Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena, CA, January 20, 1980
  • 1980 Cast spends 15 weeks in Norway, Sweden and Finland visiting 26 cities and performs on Norwegian and Swedish TV
  • 1980 Cast tours Costa Rica for the first time, Spring 1980
  • 1980 Three Up with People casts visit 22 cities during the Kodak Centennial Tour
  • 1980 Four casts performed for 57,000 people in 21 cities during Tenneco sponsored tour, August
  • 1980 Combined performance with Belgian National Orchestra in Brussels celebrating the 150th anniversary of Belgium, November 1980
  • 1981 Up with People introduces new show, Just People
  • 1981 Cast visits Colombia and Peru for the first time, Fall 1981
  • 1982 Three casts perform at Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, MI, January 24, 1982
  • 1982 Coca Cola sponsor’s Americana Trail TV special featuring Up with People, Summer 1982
  • 1982 Cast performs all summer at the World Expo-Knoxville, TN
  • 1982 Cast performs all summer at Sea World-San Diego, CA
  • 1982 Cast performs with the Boston Pops at Hatch Shell, Labor Day 1982
  •  1983 Up with People introduces new show, Stand Together
  • 1983 Up with People is received by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, April 13, 1983
  • 1983 Five Up with People casts undertake General Motors 75th Anniversary Tour of 96 plants in 56 cities on 2 continents from September-December, 1983
  • 1984 Up with People was seen by 35 million people in 10 countries in Central Europe on the popular quiz show “Auf Los Geht’s Los,  March 1984
  • 1984 Special cast comprised from Cast 84E is invited by the King and Queen of Jordan to Amman, Jordan for the Jerash Festival, August-September 1984
  • 1985 Up with People introduces first named show, Beat of the Future
  • 1985 Cast returns to People’s Republic of China, December 1985
  • 1985 Casts perform the Honeywell International Corporate Tour in multiple North American and European cities
  • 1986 Four casts perform at Super Bowl XX in New Orleans, January 26, 1986
  • 1986 Coca Cola Japan’s Centennial Anniversary features Up with People in a 17-city tour of Japan
  • 1986 Cast performs at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as featured performers  in New York City for 60 million TV viewers
  • 1987 Up with People introduces new show, Time for the Music
  • 1987 Cast performs at the Closing Ceremony of International Summer Special Olympics
  • 1988 Coca Cola Mexicana sponsors Cast 88E’s tour of Mexico
  • 1988 Up with People tours the Soviet Union at the height of Glasnost, June 1988
  • 1988 Cast performs at World Expo ‘88 in Brisbane, Australia, September 1988
  • 1988 Cast performs at Rugby Grand Finals halftime show, September 1988
  • 1989 Up with People introduces new show, Face to Face
  • 1989 Cast performs for U.S. President George H. W. Bush’s Inauguration in Washington, DC, January 20, 1989
  • 1989 Casts visit both the USSR (Ukraine), and Jordan (Jerash Festival) for a second time
  • 1989 Up with People undertakes McCormick Spice Corporate Centennial Tour and performs in schools, churches, hospitals and similar organizations, September, 1989
  • 1989 Combined casts perform all summer at De Efteling Theme Park, The Netherlands
  • 1989 Up with People is in Germany when the Berlin Wall fell, November, 1989

1990's

 

  • 1990 Up with People performed for 12,000 people in Tallinn, Estonia in three sold-out shows during the first tour of that country, March 25-30, 1990
  • 1990 Up with People’s 25th Anniversary celebrations are held in Denver, CO, July 25-29, 1990
  • 1990 Up with People performs at Surf ‘90, in Fujisawa, Japan, August, 1990
  • 1990 Soviet students travel in Up with People for the first time
  • 1991 Up with People introduces new show, Rhythm of the World
  • 1991 Up with People returns to Australia for a 6 week tour of 9 cities
  • 1991 Gala performance at the National Theatre in Panama City, Panama
  • 1991 Four casts performed in 23 cities in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe over an eight month period, April through December
  • 1991 During the week of July 4th, casts perform in front of the Washington Monument, Washington, DC; in front of the USS Constitution in Boston, MA; at the Freedom Festival in Philadelphia, PA at Folsom Stadium in Boulder, CO and at Texas Stadium, Dallas
  • 1991 Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti receives cast members during a visit to Rome
  • 1991 Cast performs for a special celebration commemorating King Baudouin of Belgium’s  60th birthday and the 40th anniversary of his reign, July 1991
  • 1992 Cast performs at the Earth Summit in Brazil sponsored by Environmental Foundation, USA,  June 1-12
  • 1992 Groundbreaking ceremonies held for new Up with People International Center in Broomfield, CO
  • 1992 Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari day appears with Up with People on Mexican TV for an environmental project
  • 1993 Up with People introduces new show, World in Motion
  • 1993 Up with People performs at the Sanremo (Italy) Music Festival, February 1993
  • 1993 Up with People relocates world headquarters from Tucson, AZ to Broomfield, CO
  • 1993 Cast performs for Pope John Paul II and for U.S. President Bill Clinton in Denver, CO August, 1993
  • 1993 Up with People’s urban school program, Project Pride sponsored by Los Angeles (CA) School System, is launched
  • 1994 Cast spends three weeks in Alaska touring state from Ketchikan north to the Arctic Circle, April
  • 1994 Up with People tours Bermuda for the third time in six years, Summer 1994
  • 1994 Ten week tour of Australia, August to September
  • 1994 Cast undertakes The Hershey Company Centennial Celebration Tour, September, 1994
  • 1994 Up with People performs on New Year Eve’s 1994 in Hong Kong sponsored by the Urban Council and Hong Kong Telecom
  • 1995 Up with People introduces new show, Festival
  • 1995 Project Pride programs take place in Tucson, Denver and San Antonio sponsored by US Bank
  • 1995 Up with People establishes its first formal education agreements with several U.S. universities
  • 1995 Up with People celebrates its 30th Anniversary in Breckenridge, CO, July 22-26 and salutes the Colwell-Allen writing team
  • 1996 Up with People performs at the Coca Cola Pavilion at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and at Disneyland in California
  • 1996  First tour of Turkey (Cast 95A) and Up with People returns to Venezuela
  • 1997 Up with People participated in the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia and the Summit of Eight in Denver
  • 1997 Japan tour  sponsored by Toyota, IBM Japan & McCann Erickson Hakuhodo, October-November
  • 1997 Toyota Motor Corporation becomes Japan corporate sponsor for 8 years
  •  1998 Up with People introduces new show, Roads
  • 1998 Up with People begins a service partnership affiliation with America’s Promise
  • 1998 Cast tours two cities in Slovakia for the first time, June
  • 1998 Cast performs at Expo ‘98 in Lisbon, Portugal on June 14, 1998  and for Skandia in Sweden
  • 1999 Special cast performs at first Celebration of Peace event with Colin Powell in Denver, CO, May 12, 1999
  • 1999 Launching of the Communities of Peace program
  • 1999 Cast 99C performs at International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, Switzerland, May 1999

2000's

 

  • 2000 Up with People introduces a new show called A Common Beat
  • 2000 Chevrolet Motor Division begins a one year sponsorship of Up with People as well as an  International-presenting sponsor of A Common Beat show
  • 2000 Casts implement Communities of Peace program in Boston, Denver, Omaha, and San Antonio
  • 2000 Up with People participates in and performs at World Youth Day in Rome for the second time
  • 2000 Up with People holds 35th Anniversary celebration in Orlando, FL
  • 2000 Up with People suspends operations
  • 2000 Up with People performs halftime show at the Culligan Holiday Bowl with volunteer cast,  San Diego, CA
  • 2004 Up with People resumes a new program model called WorldSmart, An Up with People Program
  • 2005 A musical production is added to the WorldSmart program
  • 2005 Up with People celebrates its 40th Anniversary at the “40 Years and Counting” Reunion in Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 Up with People alumni cast performs at World Expo in Nagoya, Japan and in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand for the Phra Dabos Foundation and 9 other sponsoring partners, August
  • 2006 WorldSmart is renamed as the Up with People program
  • 2006 Up with People introduces a new show called The Up with People Show: Bringing the World Together
  • 2007 Up with People launches new Emerging Countries program in Thailand (May through June) and in the Philippines (November)
  • 2007 Up with People makes second appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City for 60 million TV viewers
  • 2007 Up with People participates in the United Nations Culture of Peace Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York City
  • 2008 Up with People produces and performs in the Opening Ceremony of the 119th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, January 1, 2008 
  • 2008 Up with People, branded as Viva la Gente in Latin America, returns to Mexico for a 5 week tour
  • 2009 Up with People introduces a new show called A Song for the World
  • 2009 Up with People helps Bermuda celebrate its 400th Anniversary with 2 week tour and performs for Gov. Sir Richard Gozney, Premier Dr. Ewart Brown and the Honourable Lt. Col. David Birch (‘73A), Minister of Labour, Home Affairs, Housing and Immigration, June 2009
  • 2009 Up with People visits Taiwan for the first time during Spring 2009
  • 2009 Up with People celebrates Vattenfall’s 100th Anniversary with a 12-city tour of Sweden, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Finland  from October to December

2010's

 

  • 2010 Up with People returns to Manila, Philippines for intense, month-long service projects and performances, March and April
  • 2010 Up with People cast performs for H.R.H. Queen Silvia of Sweden at the Mentor Foundation Gala, Washington, DC and at the Iraqi Embassy, Fall 2010
  • 2011 Up with People returns to Pasadena, CA as producers and featured performers in the Opening Celebration for the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade, January 1, 2011
  • 2011 Up with People tours the Grand Bahama Island for first time, February
  • 2011 Up with People cast performs for H.R.H. Princess Margriet of the Netherlands at the royal residence in Wassenaar
  • 2011 Up with People welcomes campers to the inaugural session of Camp Up with People in Harrisonburg, VA, Summer 2011
  • 2012 Up with People introduces a new show called VOICES
  • 2012 Up with People returns to Brazil for the United Nations’ Rio+20 Earth Summit, June 20-22, 2012
  • 2012 First Iraqi student travels with Up with People
  • 2012 During Taiwan’s National Day Up with People performs for the President of Taiwan in a televised celebrations in Taipei, Oct. 9, 2012  
  • 2012 Up with People establishes a study abroad program with Florida Southern College as the school of record
  • 2012 Up with People performs in Zocalo Square, Mexico City, December
  • 2013 Staging at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, first staging outside of Denver since 2006
  • 2013 Cast performs for H.R.H. Princess Margriet and consort, Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven in Apeldoorn
  • 2013 Up with People performs for Pope Francis I and 70,000 people, St. Peter’s Square, December 18, 2013
  • 2014 First tour of Israel with shows in Tiberias and Ramat Gan, June 14-22, 2014
  • 2014 Up with People tours Cuba for the first time and performs in Santa Clara and Havana, October 19-26, 2014
  • 2015 Up with People launches 50th Anniversary tour with events in Denver, Tucson,  Orlando, Mexico City, Brussels, and Rome
  • 2015 Up with People introduces new show, The Journey
  • 2015 Up with People cast meets Queen Mathilde in Brussels, Belgium
  • 2015 Up with People performs for Pope Francis I and 70,000 people in St. Peter’s Square, December
  • 2016 Up with People launches Up with People Jr. , an arts based day camp experience for 8
  • 2016 Up with People launches a partnership with Scholastic Books to provide a Reading Oasis
  • 2017 Up with People performs with Andrea Bocelli at Teatro del Silenzio,  Lajatico, Italy, August 3   
  • 2017 Up with People performs for former Mexican President Vincente Fox in Denver, CO, August 
  • 2017 Up with People returns to the Vatican & performs a third time for Pope Francis I, December
  • 2018 First tour of the Republic of Kosovo, May
  • 2019Up with People returns to Ottawa, Ontario for the first time in over a decade, October