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The 9th MGM Lion Dance Championship Returns to Macau
19 Troupes from Eight Provinces & Cities of Mainland China to Vie for Top Accolade
The 9th “MGM Lion Dance Championship – Southern Lion Dance Invitational 2022” will return to Macau from November 5-6 this year, with top troupes vigorously vying for the top accolade.

The 9th “MGM Lion Dance Championship – Southern Lion Dance Invitational 2022” will soon return to Macau from November 5-6 this year. A total of 19 top troupes from eight provinces and cities of Mainland China will come together at MGM Theater of MGM COTAI, performing their awe-inspiring acrobatic movements to compete for the championship. For two consecutive days, the contest will present a series of electrifying lion dance performances to residents and tourists alike.


Originating in the Lingnan area, lion dance is a traditional Chinese cultural sport. MGM has long been hosting the MGM Lion Dance Championship since 2010, in a bid to promote this time-honored Chinese culture throughout the Greater Bay Area, and facilitate the synergy of tourism, sports and culture between Macau and the rest of the world. This year’s MGM Lion Dance Championship attracts a strong line-up of elite troupes hailing from Mainland China. It once again features the three well-received contests, namely “Female Traditional Lion Dance Championship”, “Freestyle Lion Dance Championship – Taolu Movements on Poles” and “Junior Lion Dance Performance Competition”. Apart from these, a new match “Youth Traditional Lion Dance Championship” – intended to strengthen cultural confidence among younger generations and nurture young lion dance talents – will make its maiden appearance. Besides, graduates of the MGM Junior Lion Dance Training Program will form two teams to compete for top spots at Female, Youth and Junior contests.


The 9th “MGM Lion Dance Championship – Southern Lion Dance Invitational 2022” is co-organized by MGM and Wushu General Association of Macau, with Dragon & Lion Dances Federation of Asia as advisory unit, and the Department of Publicity and Culture of the Liaison office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Sports Bureau, Macao Government Tourism Office, Education and Youth Development Bureau, Cultural Affairs Bureau, and Chinese Dragon & Lion Dance Sports Association as supporting units. The Troupe Parade will be held once again prior to the competition, with the 19 competing troupes touring confidently from the Spectacle to MGM Theater, together with students of the MGM Lion Dance Training Program further enlivening the ambiance with the rhythm of beating drums. In addition, the MSO Lion Dance Team, Macau’s first lion dance troupe of people with intellectual disabilities, supported by MGM, will join the competing teams to inaugurate the opening ceremony afterward.


The 9th “MGM Lion Dance Championship – Southern Lion Dance Invitational 2022” will bring a joyful and exciting cultural and sports mega event to Macau on November 5-6. Residents and tourists can enjoy free admission to the event and be amazed by superb performances carried out by distinguished lion dance troupes. MGM will partner with Macau Lotus TV to live stream the competition for spectators to experience the excitement online.


For more information about the schedule of the 9th MGM Lion Dance Championship, please refer to the following details:


The 9th “MGM Lion Dance Championship – Southern Lion Dance Invitational 2022”


November 5 (Saturday)

November 6 (Sunday)

10:00 – 11:30

Female Traditional Lion Dance Championship

10:00 – 12:30

Freestyle Lion Dance Championship – Taolu Movements on Poles (Round 1)

13:45 – 14:00

Troupe Parade

14:30 – 15:00

Opening Ceremony

14:30 – 16:00

Freestyle Lion Dance Championship – Taolu Movements on Poles (Round 2)

15:15 – 16:45 

Junior Lion Dance Performance Competition

16:20 – 17:30

Award Ceremony

17:00 – 18:45 

Youth Traditional Lion Dance Championship






About MGM


MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau. 


MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.


MGM COTAI is the latest integrated resort of MGM in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, Asia’s first dynamic theater, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. The Spectacle at MGM COTAI becomes the record holder of the largest free-span gridshell glazed roof (self-supporting) on January 19, 2019, making it the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Macau, China. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the only mega complex and hotel in Macau to gain three-star certification in both Green Building Design and Operation Label, as well as the first hotel in the Greater Bay Area and second in Greater China to receive the certifications.


MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. 




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