The 12th International Lion Dance Festival saw a rare parade of young, budding lion dancers from seven countries at a time when recruitment of younger dancers has been declining. Photo: Dewey Sim

Going, going, gong: why is Lion dance dying in Singapore and Hong Kong, but roaring back to life in China?

  • The lion dance has a storied history of more than 1,000 years and is a regular feature of Lunar New Year celebrations by the Chinese diaspora
  • But troupes are struggling to attract young talent, due in part to tough training regimes and parents who prioritise education over arts and sport
Topic |   Lunar New Year

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The 12th International Lion Dance Festival saw a rare parade of young, budding lion dancers from seven countries at a time when recruitment of younger dancers has been declining. Photo: Dewey Sim
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