You kind of feel like you're home for a bit.
—Rosana Leung Shing, Vice-president of Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts
Assiniboine Park will come alive with acrobatics, dance and martial arts over the long weekend.
Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts is celebrating its tenth anniversary with China Culture Day in the Park on September 1 from noon to 9:00 p.m.
Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts dancer (Dr. Tse-Le Luk)
"I'm so pumped," says Rosana Leung Shing. She is vice-president of the
group and has been participating since day one back in 2002. "It's a
milestone. Looking back, I'm very happy to be part of this 10 year
The traditional Lion Dance will be one of the highlights of China Culture Day. The group also performs dances representing various regions, such as the Thai dance and the Mongolian Dance.
The performing level is high, as many of the teachers train in China.
Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts has also invited the astounding Chengdu Acrobatic Troupe
from China. As well, there will be Chinese arts and crafts, Chinese food restaurants and a Bubble Tea House. There is also a 10-course dinner on August 31 at Kum Koon Garden.
"You kind of feel like you're home for a bit," says Leung Shing.
Looking back to the beginnings of Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts, Leung Shing says people
Chengdu Acrobatic Troupe (courtesy of Chengdu Acrobatic Troupe)
were concerned that young people were
forgetting their culture, especially those who were born in Canada. "We
want them to keep their roots."
"We started from nothing," she reflects. "We started with a home party." Now the group fills Pantages Playhouse with the annual Chinese New Year's celebration.
"Our vision and our mission is to promote the culture. So what better way to promote our culture and our anniversary at the same time. And giving it back to the community in Winnipeg. It's perfect timing."