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  • Spain: Falun Gong Practitioners Protest the Persecution and Commemorate the April 25 Appeal in front of Chinese Embassy

    On April 25, Falun Gong practitioners from Madrid gathered at the Chinese Embassy to protest the persecution of Falun Gong and commemorate the April 25 peaceful appeal. Many people talked to practitioners and learned about the persecution. They condemned the Communist Party's brutality and expressed support for the practitioners. Many of them signed the petitions.
  • Cardiff Audiences Highly Impressed by Shen Yun: 'It's a Wonderful, Wonderful Show!'

    The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, UK, Councillor Brian Griffiths, called Shen Yun Performing Arts "out of this world!" After watching the New York-based performing arts company's début performance to Wales on April 27, the Mayor was highly impressed: "We thought the show would be good. But it was more than good, it was fantastic."
  • Shen Yun Performs Last Paris Show

    The final Paris performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts concluded on April 25, 2010. "The beauty of the dancers was extraordinary," said French Member of European Parliament Jean Paul Gausez. "It is the first time I attended a traditional Chinese dance show, and I have to say this is quite beautiful, very colourful and vivid, with an almost hypnotic rhythm," said Mr. Gausez.

  • President of Amnesty International France: "It was superb!"

    Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company performed two shows in Paris on April 24-25. Genevieve Garrigos, president of Amnesty International France, said that she "...was especially struck by the performance about the persecution of Falun Gong, which was very well done, with great sensitivity and dignity. It was superb!"
  • UK's Professional Musicians Astounded by Shen Yun

    On April 27, 2010, Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre hosted Shen Yun as they revived traditional Chinese dance and lore. In attendance was award-winning Welsh Folk musician Robin Huw Bowen. "I enjoyed everything, but the folk tales I thought were special ... They were beautiful," said Mr Bowen, especially praising the final dance.
  • Denmark: The Eleventh Anniversary of the April 25th Peaceful Appeal

    On April 25, 2010, Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in Denmark, commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the April 25 peaceful appeal and protesting the cruel persecution of those who practice the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. In the afternoon, they went to Copenhagen City Hall Square.
  • Germany: Falun Gong Practitioners Commemorate "4.25" at Chinese Consulates in Different Cities

    On April 23, 2010, Frankfurt practitioners went to the Chinese Consulate. They held up banners reading "Falun Dafa" and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" and demonstrated the exercises. Two Chinese students learned the facts about the persecution and decided to withdraw from the Communist Youth League, an organisation of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Germany: Falun Dafa Information Day Held in Mannheim

    On April 17, Falun Dafa practitioners held an Information Day event on a busy street in Mannheim, a city in southern Germany. The event was to raise awareness of the persecution of practitioners in China and to collect signature calling for an end to the Chinese Communist Party's atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Dafa practitioners.
  • Artist and Economist: Taking Time to See Shen Yun Is "Definitely worth it"

    Iveta Autratova, a wildlife artist and economist, said that taking the time to see Shen Yun with her family was "definitely worth it". Ms. Autratova was drawn to a Shen Yun poster that held her interest, and said she was especially intrigued to see the show because there is limited exposure to Chinese culture in the Czech Republic.
  • Dresden Audiences Enthusiastically Praise Shen Yun: 'Absolutely Unparalleled!'

    "I absolutely loved the show." said Ms. Milewski. "It was very diversified. Then, there were the beautiful costumes and the music." Her friend Ms. Gabriel agreed and added, "Also, artistically the show appears to be at a very high level." Ms. Gabriel shared that "the backdrops were wonderful. Everything was very harmonious. Everything was harmonised."
  • Dresden: 'Perfection of the highest calibre!'

    Shen Yun Performing Arts performed before a sold-out house on April 14 at the Kulturpalast Dresden. The artists were enthusiastically praised by the audience with long applause throughout the performances, three curtain calls and a standing ovation before the last curtain fell. Andre Flaemig and Cornelia Franke bought tickets three months in advance.
  • Vienna's Largest Venue Welcomes Shen Yun

    The Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company was greeted with thunderous applause and loud calls of 'Bravo!' as they staged two shows at Wiener Stadthalle, in Vienna, Austria, on April 17, 2010. Mr. Joerg Augustin, a business data processing specialist, attended the show with his friend, Sabine Bergner. Both said that they were deeply touched by the dance set, Nothing Can Block the Divine Path, which depicts the senseless persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in contemporary China.
  • Czech Republic Audience Uplifted by Shen Yun Performing Arts: 'Is Not Just Art, It Is Enormously Spiritual'

    Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Janacek Theatre in Brno, Czech Republic and was highly praised by an appreciative audience, who honoured the artists with five curtain calls and a long standing ovation. Petr Mrkyvka, Honorary Consul of Poland in Brno, attended the premiere on April 19.
  • Dresden Professor: "I can only take off my hat and bow to the artists"

    Cathrin Limmer and Harald Richter said they clapped so hard that their hands hurt. The two restore old paintings, which helps them appreciate Shen Yun's hope of breathing new life into traditional Chinese culture and bringing it back in all its glory. "All-in-all, the dancers were fantastic. The movements were very demanding," Ms. Limmer said. Mr. Richter agreed and added, "I thought that the culture is wonderful as well as perfect."
  • World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong Announces List of People and Organisations Involved in Persecution

    On March 22, the World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) announced a list of people and organisations in China that are being investigated for being involved in the persecution of Falun Gong. There are 7051 organisations and 13,332 individuals on the list, and they come from all levels of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) committees, national security systems, law systems, prisons and forced labour camps.