MGM Lion Dance Championship

The inaugural Female Traditional Lion Dance Championship will be held this year (Photo provided by MGM MACAU)

The 'MGM Lion Dance Championship - Macau International Invitational 2016' is co-hosted by the Wushu General Association of Macao and supported by the Sports Bureau of Macao SAR, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and Dragon and Lion Dances Federation of Asia. Competed for in the Grande Pra├ža on 12th and 13th November, the Championship includes Macao's first Female Traditional Lion Dance Championship with an international standard rating system.

During the two-day competition, lion dance troupes from all over the world will fiercely battle it out for the championship with awe-inspiring moves and acrobatic stunts. Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Ltd., Grant Bowie, said MGM has consistently promoted this significant piece of Chinese culture over the past years and that it has become a sport that is internationally recognised.

Through this event, MGM is further showcasing Macao as a world leisure destination with diversified offerings and dynamic experiences available to spectators of all kinds, while grooming the community's youth to the essence of Chinese heritage. In addition to the competition, the Junior Lion Dance Training Programme, held for the past two years, salutes 75 graduates aged between five and ten who participated in the programme by completing eight weeks of training.