On November 17th in Guangzhou, the grand finals of the 7th Guangzhou Youth Lion Dance Competition kicked off at the Guangzhou Cultural Center, featuring the announcement of the top "Youth Masters of Intangible Cultural Heritage Awakening Lion Dance," the crowning of the "Lion King," and captivating performances by previous six champions. The event attracted numerous visitors eager to witness the spectacle.
Over the next two days, the group lion and solo lion finals, featuring 26 participating teams, will unfold in succession at the Guangzhou Cultural Center. This spectacle showcases the grandeur of the Lion King competition, allowing residents and tourists alike to fully appreciate the distinctive artistic charm of Guangdong's awakening lion dance.
Young talents charm the audience with adorable performances
In a recent event, the "Youth Masters of Intangible Cultural Heritage Awakening Lion Dance" talent competition of the 7th Guangzhou Youth Lion Dance Competition took place. Ten young awakening lion dancers showcased their exceptional skills, with 7-year-old Guo Zhijie stealing the spotlight.
Despite his tender age, Guo Zhijie has been mastering the art of awakening lion dance for three years. During the opening ceremony, his performance with a small lion head captured the hearts of the audience, showcasing an adorable and skillful display.
The ten young talents collaborated to perform a lion dance routine, demonstrating various styles and characteristics, showcasing the youthful vitality and charm of youth in preserving the intangible cultural heritage of lion dance.
Dazzling appearance of the Lion King's crown
The Lion King's crown, the highly anticipated and mysterious "guest" of the competition, made a dazzling appearance at the opening ceremony. Escorted by the previous six Lion Kings, the crown stole the spotlight with its intricate design.
The crown, inspired by the traditional purple gold crowns seen in theatrical performances, is crafted from metal, displaying exquisite beauty. Adorned with the "2023 Lion King" insignia, it will be placed on the head of the new Lion King crowned in this edition.
Group and solo lion dance finals unveiled
On the afternoons of November 18th and 19th, the group and solo lion dance finals took center stage at the Guangzhou Cultural Center.
This edition of the competition also featured youth lion dance teams from HKSAR, Macao SAR, and Foshan City, performing on November 19th alongside the Guangzhou Youth Lion Dance Team. Together, they aim to promote the inheritance and development of awakening lion dance culture in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
The Guangzhou Youth Lion Dance Competition, initiated in 2017, has grown into an annual city-level event over seven editions. Emphasizing tradition and innovation, the competition prioritizes nurturing the next generation of awakening lion dance inheritors, contributing to the preservation and promotion of the intangible cultural heritage of awakening lion dance.
Source: Yangcheng Evening News
文｜记者 周欣怡 朱绍杰 通讯员 穗文广旅宣