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Welcoming Week: Lion Dance Performance with Chris Young and Steel Dragon Lion Dance Troupe

Saturday, September 17th at 2 pm on the Southminster Manse Lawn across from the Library for this Welcoming Week Performance

Join Chris Young , owner of Gong Lung or Steel Dragon, a martial arts and lion dance studio in Ice House Studios in Lawrenceville, along with his Lions Dance troupe for an outdoor live Lion Dance performance on the Manse lawn across from the library. In event of rain this event will be cancelled. 

The lion dance has a continuous history of over one thousand years, and its origins may reach back more than two thousand years. Many stories surround the lion dance and its origins. One of the more popular ones is that an Emperor of China had a dream where a creature resembling a lion saved his life from evil spirits. When he woke, he declared the lion a symbol of good fortune. However, since lions are not native to China, artisans had no idea what they look like. As a result, they fashioned an animal with the attributes of other fortunate creatures: the dragon, the phoenix and the dog. 

There is perhaps no art that encompasses Chinese culture, history and philosophy more comprehensively than lion dance. Over its long history, lion dance has incorporated elements of Chinese opera, classics of Chinese literature, Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian philosophies, Five Element theory, all sorts of varieties of symbolism from Chinese (and most specifically Cantonese) society, and Chinese martial arts. 

The lion dance is now an integral part of not just Chinese culture, but of many Southeast Asian cultures such as Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. In fact, the most famous teams are probably from Malaysia. 

All participants are invited to bring a picnic for their own family. Please consider bringing a blanket for seating. The library will supply drinks and dessert!

Welcoming Week is back at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library! 

 Welcoming America is proud to lead the growing network of hosts and partners around the United States and world who strive to make their communities a more welcoming place for all. Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity. We are so excited that we can celebrate Welcoming Week in person this year at the library. This year we are celebrating the art and culture ofChina. Please save the date for these two amazing programs this September.

Saturday Sep 17, 2022  - Saturday Sep 17, 2022

2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM

Eric Meisberger, Public Services Librarian    412-531-1912    mtleblibrarian@einetwork.net