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MGM Lion Dancing Championships 2018

Don’t miss the MGM Lion Dance Championship – Macau International Invitational 2018

Expect this to be the most fiercely competitive Championship ever

Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with MGM Cotai
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Rooted in Chinese martial arts, the lion dance is a tremendously competitive art form. Although the activity may not seem particularly physically demanding, every gymnastic leap the lion dancers make is the result of years of sweat and practice. The sport may appear fairly low risk but, in fact, every move involves tremendous athleticism and coordination. In 2016, an Australian Chinese practitioner Tommy Ngo died while performing rare moves in a lion dance practice, the tragic accident reflects the incredibly competitive and occasionally hazardous nature of lion dancing, and also the struggle to master all the required movements. If you’ve ever wanted to see the very best lion dancers in the world go head-to-head, here comes your chance!

Taking place in Macau over the weekend of November 10 and 11 at MGM Theater at Cotai, the MGM Lion Dance Championship gathers the very best lion dance troupes from more than 13 countries and regions, including China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong and Macau. This year’s event is especially important since it is the first-ever Championship that includes troupes from as far afield as Australia and America – making it the most international competition to date. What’s more, 2018 is also the first time there has ever been a junior lion dance competition.



The event is taking place at MGM Theater – Asia’s first dynamic theatre. A world-class venue that will have hosted the likes of Sam Smith World Tour concert in 2018, the theatre will be transformed into a competition space, offering a never-seen-before experience for both the audience and the participating teams.


Best of all, the event is entirely free! Just get yourself over to Macau in November and prepare to be blown away by the best lion dancers in the world. If you want to get in the mood ahead of the event itself, there’s a series of lion head painting workshops from November 3 to 11. Click here for more information and to enroll in the workshop.

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