How fortunate we are to have Shen Yun Performance Arts return once again to Alberta.
Alberta has a vibrant Chinese community many decades old; Chinese immigrants and their descendants quite literally helped build this province. Every day, Alberta』s Chinese citizens contribute to our economy, politics and culture, and all Albertans take pride in those contributions.
Perhaps the most visible and flamboyant contributions are those made by those Chinese artists. And no wonder! Chinese culture spans five millennia, and all the acquired wisdom and innovation of those many centuries informs and invigorates Chinese culture in Alberta. The same is true of Shen Yun Performances. Elegant, flowing, exciting, inspiring, dazzling-Shen Yun is a delight, and it』s pleasure to have them perform at newly renovated Jubilee Auditorium, now more beautiful than ever.
It is important to note that Shen Yun』s very existence, as well as the themes of their shows, draws attention to important issues of human rights-and by doing so, helps protect the rights of people all over the world.
Culture breathes life into Alberta, and the world. Welcome Shen Yun performers, and to the Albertans gathered here tonight-enjoy the show!
David Swann, MD
Leader, Official Opposition of Alberta