Chinese Cultural Week kicks off

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Chicagoans witnessed Chinese art and culture come alive in Daley Plaza on July 20. Chinese Cultural Week?From the Great Wall to the Great Lakes? will offer participants a chance to experience dance, music, visual arts, theater and street fairs. All photos by Heidi M. Stallings</span></div>
July 20, 2009 4:46:08 PM PDT
Chicagoans witnessed Chinese art and culture come alive in Daley Plaza on Monday.The Chinese Cultural Week kicked off at noon with an opening ceremony that offered attendees a sample of what the weeklong fest will showcase. Chinese Cultural Week- From the Great Wall to the Great Lakes- will offer participants a chance to experience dance, music, visual arts, theater and street fairs.

The celebration is also part of a national tribute to the 30-year anniversary of open trade relations between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China. Chicago is also the sister city of Shenyang and Shanghai, China.

Michelle O'Young and her three-year-old son, Prosper, attended the ceremony.

"I wanted to participate, but I also wanted for my son to have this experience of Chinese culture," said O'Young.

Performances included the Tianjin Dance Drama and Opera House on tour from China, excerpts from "Qi Xi ? The Story of Miulang and Zhinu" by the Chinese Fine Arts Society and "Bright Spirit" by Cirque Shanghai.

The celebration wraps up on July 25 and will include events all around town that will explore the richness of China and Chicago's Chinese-American community.

For a complete schedule of daily events please visit www.explorechicago.org.

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