Promoters have blamed the Chinese Embassy in London for attempting to derail the performance which has been cancelled following pressure from China in a number of cities around the world, including Edinburgh in 2009.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture. Shen Yun presents colourful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. For more information, please see www.shenyun2012.com.
Commenting, Mike said: “Interference of this kind is totally unacceptable. In an open and democratic country like ours, we often forget that it is common place in many countries around the world for people in places of influence to suppress challenges to the status quo. The Shen Yun performance was an amazing spectacle which I would recommend to anyone.“
Mike added, “I know that the residents of Brighton & Hove would love to host a performance of Shen Yun and hope that a date can be arranged in the near future.”