Performing Falun Gong exercises and traditional Chinese dances at the King's New Square.

To welcome the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit, mandated by the Denmark Foreign Affairs Ministry, a quasi-governmental organization "Danish Cultural Center of Development" (DCCD) organized a cultural festival entitled "Asia Review". The purpose of this event was to introduce the Asian cultures to the Danish people before the ASEM summit through a series of local Asian people's folk performances. As early as June, the Denmark Falun Dafa Association had received an invitation to join the event from the K benhavns Internationale Teater (KIT), an organization that belongs to the DCCD and is in charge of the event operation. At that time, practitioners had just won the first prize for group performance during the UK Edinburgh Fringe Festival and therefore were very confident about attending this cultural festival.

Just when practitioners were busy making the preparations, the Denmark Falun Dafa Association suddenly received a note from KIT that they cancelled the invitation. The reasons were: Some Chinese organizations opposed Falun Gong joining the event. They threatened KIT that if Falun Gong attended the event, they would all withdraw. Through private conversations, the persons in charge of the Chinese organizations admitted that they received pressure from the Chinese government. They said, if they performed on the same stage with Falun Gong, they would encounter big trouble from the Chinese Embassy later on.

On the surface, it seemed that we encountered a big difficulty, but in fact, this provided us a great opportunity to clarify the truth, because Denmark is a country where human rights are respected and people value freedom and democracy. Obviously, the Chinese Embassy's pressure is contradictory to the ethical principles that local people respect. In addition, people care more about what is happening at their sides. Isn't this a good opportunity to clarify the facts about Falun Gong?

Without a bit of hesitation, we sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil interference from other dimensions. On the same day, we had a long conversation with the person in charge of the KIT. We first introduced the basic exercise of Falun Gong, then talked about the persecution in China and explained the importance of people's moral standard. The organizer said that the cultural festival is a pure folk cultural event, and they would not like to get involved in politics. We said that Falun Gong has absolutely no political agenda and we have no political intent to join the festival. The essence of the ancient Chinese culture is embodied in the cultivation practice of Falun Gong and we hope that our attendance would allow people to more comprehensively learn about the beauty of the Chinese cultural and the truth of Falun Gong. We also expressed that no reasons that are not related to introducing Asian cultures should be used as an excuse to refuse some organization to join the event, because no matter how different people's beliefs are, they have the equal right to participate. We sincerely hoped that we could work together with the festival organizer to uphold the pure tenet of this cultural festival. At that point, the organizer had already realized that his excuse was untenable. He changed his attitude and began to think of a way to solve the problem.

In the subsequent few months, Dafa practitioners from several European countries used different ways to clarify the facts to related people at all levels of organizations. During the whole process, all people who had talked with practitioners were moved by the facts that we explained. Therefore, they took the initiative to provide us information and suggestions and started helping us to seek solutions. But, later, they became a little nervous. While having conversations with them, writing letters to them and exposing what had happened to the Danish public, we never ceased our preparation for the dance performance. While trying our best to apply for the opportunity to perform at the city hall plaza, through information provided by the organizers, we also applied for permission to perform at the King's New Square, another square in the downtown area.

On September 21, Saturday, the last day of the 3-day festival, which also marked the climax of the event, a few dozen female practitioners from different countries in Europe dressed in beautiful "flying heavenly girl" and "Tang Dynasty" costumes and came to the King's New Square. Practitioners were all aware of the meaning of this performance. With rich and colorful Dafa banners as the background and accompanied with the song "Falun Dafa is good", practitioners gracefully performed the dances. Their beautiful performance and pure and righteous energy field attracted more and more people. During the dance performance and Falun Gong exercise demonstration, the policemen on duty who stood aside could not help but come over to say hello to practitioners. They praised, "You are so beautiful! You are so peaceful!" Looking around as far as we could see, smiles of admiration and appreciation were flowing on people's faces. Visitors came over to take Dafa leaflets on their own and attentively read them.

The sun surrounded by a huge aura.

At this moment, a practitioner said with pleasant surprise: "Look! There is a big Falun in the sky!" Looking up, we saw the sun surrounded by a huge aura. Practitioners all knew that our honorable Teacher had always been with us, looking after us. The huge aura appeared to encourage us to do better in the Fa rectification and truth-clarification.

However, it was still not resolved that Falun Gong practitioners were refused to attend the cultural festival. After short discussions, practitioners realized that we had to eliminate the evil's interference. We made a prompt decision: we divided into two teams to walk on the pedestrian pavements while performing the dances. Setting off with banners reading, "Falun Dafa Is Good!" and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance", and accompanied with the song, "Falun Dafa is good", a team of practitioners walked onto the pavement while dancing. At that moment, we saw two policemen standing at the intersection, just like other spectators, smiling at us and watching us dancing towards the pavement.

Practitioners walked and danced. Each time when they finished their dancing, spectators warmly applauded them. Many people highly praised, "Oh, so beautiful!" Some people even followed us all the way through. It seemed that all their minds and bodies had melted into the wonderfulness.

When practitioners reached the intersections of the pedestrian pathways, they halted and made a stationary posture. Then they danced towards the city hall plaza -- the central spot of the Asian Cultural Festival. There were only a few Chinese performers on the high stage in the plaza. It seemed that this was the interval between performances. We walked and danced around the plaza, using our serene and peaceful demeanor to display the truth about Dafa to the precious Chinese people.

Then practitioners walked and danced back to the King's New Square. It took several hours to complete the round trip, but even the teenag practitioners did not complain of being tired. Around 6 pm, we ended our performance at the King's New Square. We then decided to go together to the city hall plaza.

Performing "Flying Heavenly Girl Dance" at the pedestrian pavements.Performing dances at the city hall plaza.

Thus, set off with Dafa banners and accompanied with melodious music, over 40 female practitioners who were dressed in "flying heavenly girl" and red "Tang Dynasty" costumes once again danced towards the city hall plaza -- the center of the cultural festival. More than 40 practitioners presented the wonderful dances and songs to the visitors at the city hall plaza. In order to let more people learn about the truth of Dafa and support justice, practitioners will always keep righteous thoughts and righteous actions.

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