Sponsored feature | MGM International Lion Dance Championship Kicks off This Weekend

On November 10 and 11, MGM is bringing back the event deeply rooted in tradition “MGM International Lion Dance Championship” to the Macau locals and tourists for the seventh time since 2010.

MGM strives to support the development of traditional cultural sport events. On November 10 and 11, MGM is bringing back the event deeply rooted in tradition “MGM International Lion Dance Championship” to the Macau locals and tourists for the seventh time since 2010. The Championship features the very best lion dance troupes from 13 countries and regions, including China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition, it gathers lion dance teams from Australia, Myanmar and the United States, making itself the most international lion dance competition to date.

“MGM Lion Dance Championship – Macau International Invitational 2018”, co-hosted by Wushu General Association of Macau, will take place at MGM Theater at MGM COTAI for the very first time. The theater will be transformed into a competition space, offering a brand new experience for the audience and the participating teams. This year’s event will also be introducing Macau’s first “Junior Lion Dance Performance Competition”.

The Championship was first launched in 2010 by MGM as a way to promote this significant piece of Chinese culture into an internationally recognized sport. Since then, MGM has constantly been adding new elements to the event: in 2011, the world’s first “Female Lion Dance Performance Competition” was introduced, which later upgraded to the “Female Lion Dance Championship” with international rating system in 2016. This year, MGM begins a new tradition by hosting Macau’s first “Junior Lion Dance Performance Competition” after conducting Junior Lion Dance Training Program for four consecutive years, marking another milestone.

Pass on the Chinese tradition to the younger generation

In 2015, MGM launched the first Junior Lion Dance Training Program to offer children between 5 and 10 years old a unique opportunity to learn lion dance, and as a way to introduce Chinese culture and traditional sport to local youth. Over the past four years, over 270 young lion dancers have been trained and graduated from the program. They have performed at various public events, including MGM International Lion Dance Championship and other governmental activities.

Many of the graduates later on enroll in a regular training program, and continue to reach new heights in this traditional sport. They also had the opportunity to go on the MGM organized exchange visits to Foshan and Heshan, the birthplaces of lion dance, and some performed at the “Greater Bay Area’s Junior Lion Dance Performances” during their visit to Heshan last summer. Two teams of them will welcome their first-ever lion dance competition this November, and will be competing with five other junior teams from Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.

One of the junior dancers, the 10-year-old Daniel da Silva dos Anjos, who has been in the training for four years, said, “I felt in love with lion dance ever since my first training when I was just 6 years old, simply because I like lions and I enjoy acting like lion. Recently in preparation of my first competition, my training schedule changes from weekly to daily basis, and doing lots of exercises to maintain my fitness level. I definitely have the confidence to win this competition.”

Daniel‘s mom, Helena, also expressed her joy, “I am glad that we can join this inspiring training for young children and to see Daniel enjoying this traditional sport. Other than his improvements in techniques, I also witness my son transforming from a relatively shy boy to an active, happy boy with self-discipline over the past four years.”

MGM Lion Dance Championship – Macau International Invitational 2018

Agenda

November 10, Saturday November 11, Sunday
10:00 – 13:00 Female Traditional Lion Dance Championship 10:00 – 12:30 1st round of Male Lion Dance Championship
14:30 – 15:15 Opening Ceremony 14:00 – 16:00 2nd Round of Male Lion Dance Championship
15:30 – 17:30 Junior Lion Dance Performance Competition 16:15 – 17:00 Award Presentation

 

Dance with Your Brushes – Lion Head Painting Workshop

What better way to get in the mood for the Championship than painting a lion head? From November 3 to 11, MGM will be hosting the “Dance with Your Brushes – Lion Head Painting Workshop”, where Masters from Guangzhou will demonstrate their lion head painting skills. Participants can also complete their own masterpiece under the guidance of the masters and bring it home as a memorabilia!

Date:    10:30 – 12:30 / 16:00 – 18:00, November 3, 4, 10 and 11

16:00 – 18:00, November 5 – 9

Venue:  Spectacle, MGM COTAI

Language:  Cantonese*

Ticket:    MOP380**

*        On site interpretation service will be available

**      One plain lion head will be provided for each ticket, with a maximum group size of 3

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