Saturday, August 22, 2015

Forbidden City - Toronto Chinatown Festival 2015

Lions and Dragons danced the day away at the #tcf2015 15th annual Chinatown Festival located along the west side of Spadina Avenue. The cultural street festival is presented by TD Bank, hosted by the Chinatown BIA and continues from Saturday to Sunday, August 22-23 - centered around Dundas Street West.
"This year's theme for the Toronto Chinatown Festival is the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, now commonly referred as part of the Palace Museum (故宮), is the largest and most well-preserved imperial palace in China. It served as the royal residences and admin offices of 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the palace there are 8,707 rooms including big and small palaces, halls, towers, etc. The Forbidden City symbolizes absolute authority: It forbids the public to enter or to get close to the palace without permission. For the same reason, trees were not even allowed in the palace until the end of Qing Dynasty. The Forbidden City is now partially opened to public as a popular tourist attraction in Beijing, China."

I caught a brief glimpse of the Lions doing the Forbidden Dance, the dance of love on the streets of old Chinatown, but I looked away because it was forbidden. Martial arts also played a big part in the performance schedule with Kung Fu, Karate, Taekwando, Jiu Jitsu being just some of the fighting styles showcased on the OLG Slots Woodbine Stage.
Global's Carolyn Mackenzie at the TD Stage

Posted by Joe Hamilton and James Hamilton.

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