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
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

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
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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