A Dance of Lions

Kreta Ayer is the birthplace of lion dance troupes in Singapore. Since the oldest lion dance troupe was formed in 1920 till this day, traditional lion dance is still very active in this heritage precinct. 

Join us for a live dialogue with researcher Mr Lee Kok Leong as he shares his knowledge about the historical development of lion dance and the various styles of lion dance in Singapore. Together with representatives from the Singapore Hok San Association and the Singapore Chin Woo Athletic Association, we invite you to dive deeper into the world of lion dance with us. 



About Lee Kok Leong


Lee Kok Leong has strong interest in local culture. His book Guangdong Majie (广东妈姐) and Breaking the Waves (大眼·越洋人) were shortlisted as the best books in 2016 and 2018, respectively. His research was used to set up the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital Heritage Gallery and the Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng Heritage Gallery. Lee edited the book Lion dance: A century of Singapore intangible heritage (鹤山狮 风雨兼程 硕果百年). Most of those works were co-supported by NHB. For more information about lion dance – an element of Singapore’s intangible cultural heritage – please visit https://www.roots.sg/learn/resources/ich/lion-dance


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