Pittsburgh Mayor Says Shen Yun Is ‘Beautiful in Many Ways’

January 23, 2022

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—“I really enjoyed the power of overcoming—that message of overcoming, the whole situation where you never give up,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey.

Mayor Gainey was attending Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh.

You use your divine inner spirit to continue to grow, even in the midst of adversity.
— Mayor Ed Gainey

“It’s thought-provoking. You use your divine inner spirit to continue to grow, even in the midst of adversity. That came through large and I really appreciated that message,” he said.

Shen Yun is reviving China’s traditional culture which celebrates 5,000 years of spiritual and cultural teachings. It presents classical and folk dances and music which illustrate China’s illustrious past.

Gainey believed all history is great and that China’s divine culture, as portrayed in Shen Yun’s performances, should never be destroyed.

“As a matter of fact, it should be celebrated because it’s the burst of civilization and how it started. So, when we talk about that divine being, when we talk about the history, we talk about the culture.”

He appreciated Shen Yun’s presentation of Chinese culture saying that without culture, people cannot grow.

Shen Yun performers practice Falun Dafa, an ancient spiritual way that combines a series of gentle exercises with meditation and a belief system based on truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.

Gainey could see that the performers were inspired by their practice.

“I’ve seen that and more,” he said. “I’ve seen grace. I’ve seen elegance. I’ve seen practice. I’ve seen discipline. I’ve seen the ability to work as a team. I’ve seen so much. I’ve seen the whole spirit of motivation—the spirit of meditation—just allowing them to be able to demonstrate on a live stage exactly how they practice their [beliefs].”

“It was beautiful, it was beautiful in many ways,” he said.

Gainey appreciated that Shen Yun had come to Pittsburgh and that he was able to attend.

People who came to see Shen Yun would be inspired, he said. “And I’m always about how do we inspire people because I believe when you inspire people you bring the best out of them.”

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Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey presenting Shen Yun Performing Arts with a formal proclamation welcoming them to Pittsburgh. (NTD)

After the curtain call, the mayor presented the performers with a proclamation, thanking Shen Yun for blessing the city and for the wonderful performance.

Reporting by NTD and Diane Cordemans.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.