United Kingdom: Practitioners Invited to Demonstrate Falun Gong Exercises at Birmingham Art Festival (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On September 11 and 12, 2004, England's biggest free arts festival was held in the city of Birmingham. Over three hundred arts groups from England came to the performance. Falun Gong practitioners were invited for the third consecutive year to take part in the festival and this year they were the first to perform.
Practitioners from Birmingham and other cities were involved in this activity. On September 11, on the open-air stage, practitioners gave a traditional Chinese waist-drum performance and fan dance, and demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. The performance received applause from the audience and in just under thirty minutes the presenter introduced Falun Gong and its spread around the world. The arena was filled with the Falun Gong music of Pu Du and Ji Shi. On September 12, the performance was in the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre and practitioners added another dance to the performance.
During the two-day activity, the organizers of the event also provided stalls for the art groups. There were always lots of people around the Falun Gong stall. Some practitioners distributed leaflets and collected signatures for a petition calling for Chinese dictator and instigator of the persecution against Falun Gong, Jiang Zemin, to be brought to justice for his crimes. Some practitioners demonstrated the exercises in front of the stalls. Lots of people signed the petition and over six thousand leaflets were distributed before the activity was ended. Lots of Chinese tourists and students received VCDs and over fifty people asked for information about the local practice site where they could learn the exercises.