It is expected to be even more far-reaching this year, as teams arrive in Malaysia to fly their national flags for pride and excellence
By TMR / Pic By Genting Malaysia
EVERY two years, the world’s best lion dance troupes gather 6,000ft above sea level at Resorts World Genting, Pahang, to test their skills against each other. They leap through air, balance on stilts and perform acrobatic moves to the pulsating beat of drums and dramatic clash of symbols. It is a thrilling sight to behold, and the pinnacle of a centuries-old art form.
Scheduled to be held from July 10-12 at the illustrious Arena of Stars, the 14th Genting World Lion Dance Championship 2020 promises to be the biggest and greatest championship yet. Over the years, the championship has welcomed lion dance troupes from traditional strongholds such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Macau, as well as teams from as far as Australia, Japan, France and the US.
The global representation is expected to be even more far-reaching this year, as teams arrive in Malaysia to fly their national flags for pride and excellence.
The amazing action will begin with the preliminary rounds scheduled for July 10-11. Presenting their best routines and skilfully coordinated action, the teams will hope to astonish spectators and judges by putting their best paws forward. After battling it out with their peers, the teams that score the highest point tallies will then move to the next level — qualifying for the final on July 12.
At stake is not just national honour and personal glory, but a suite of amazing prizes. The champions this year will once again take home a cash prize of US$15,000 (RM61,950), along with championship trophy and winners’ medals.
The first and second runners-up will be awarded US$8,000 and US$5,000 respectively, while the eight other teams qualifying for the finals will receive a cash prize of US$1,500 each, along with participation trophies.
Introduced at the previous championship and back by popular demand, the special East and West Lion King trophies will also be awarded to the best teams from Eastern and Western hemispheres.
New this year will be a special Golden Drum Award (with a cash prize of US$1,000) for the best drummer troupe as chosen by the judging panel, while audiences can vote for their favourites for the very first time through People’s Choice Award (with a cash prize of US$1,000).
With the prestigious title and such lucrative prizes up for grabs, expect to see the world’s greatest lion dance troupes go all-out to put on a spectacular show full of gravity-defying movements and beautiful artistic merit.
Fans can now book their seats at the world’s premier lion dance championship. Tickets for the preliminary round (July 10-11, beginning 10am) are priced at RM80/80 Genting points (GPs) each with free seating. Tickets for the final (July 12, beginning 12pm) are priced at RM180/180GPs (PS1) and RM130/ 130GPs (PS2) with reserved seating.
Tickets for children are priced at a reduced RM50 for the preliminary and final rounds. An additional processing fee of RM4 applies. For more information, visit www.rwgenting.com or call +603 2718 1118.