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Shen Yun draws top artists from around the world.
With a passion for the classical arts, they join Shen Yun in its mission to revive a
culture that was once almost lost.

This is Our Story

In 2006, A Group of leading classical Chinese artists
came together in New York with one wish: to revive
the true, divinely inspired culture of China and share it
with the world.

5,000 YEARS

CHINA WAS ONCE KNOWN as Shen Zhou−The Divine Land. This profound name describes a land where deities and mortals coexisted, and a belief that the divine transmitted a rich culture to the people of the earth.

For thousands of years, Buddhist, Taoist, and other disciplines were at the heart of society. Calligraphy, music, medicine, attire, and much more were said to have been passed down from the heavens.


Over its past 70 years of rule, the communist regime has treated traditional Chinese values−centered on the idea of harmony between heaven and earth−as a threat to its existence. And in its systematic campaigns like the Cultural Revolution, it has uprooted traditional beliefs and destroyed ancient treasures−bringing 5,000 years of civilization to the brink of extinction.

Shen Yun Today

ENTIRELY NON-PROFIT, AND INDEPENDENT of the Chinese regime, Shen Yun enjoys the artistic freedom of New York, enabling it to now bring these ancient traditions to the stage. Shen Yun and its mission have drawn top talent from around the world; many artists are winners of international competitions in dance, choreography, and music.

Months of training and preparation culminate each winter in the Shen Yun Performing Arts world tour.

Every year, we travel for about six months, performing in some 20 countries and 150 cities.