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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
News on Hong De Lion Dance activities.

Hong Kong celebrity cuisine critic, and film producer, Choi Lan was in Melbourne this week.  He is leading a gourmet restaurant tour of Melbourne.  The Hong De Lion was asked for an impromptu performance for him when he happened to be having lunch at the same restaurant as the team during a break between performances.  Our team created a bit of noise in Chinatown as we started outside Westlake and proceeded upstairs to greet Choi Lan.  He was pleasantly surprised and graced us with a group photo afterwards.  Later that night, he was with his tour group in Shoya and he dotted our new Futsan lion outside the restaurant. 
Youtube link to Westlake performance

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The Hong De Lions joined the 'Flags of all Nations' parade on Swanston Street for Australia Day which also co-incided with the first day of the Lunar New Year.  The Australia Day 'People's March' was represented by dozens of Victorian cultural and ethnic groups.  The Hong De Lions led the 'Federation of Chinese Association' part of the parade along with the FCA Dragons and the CAV drumming ensemble.

Link to SBS News
Youtube link of our performance

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Over four days during Chinese New Year, members of the Hong De Lion dance team made their way to the airport by 6am and performed for 3 to 5 hours every day.  It is unusual for a lion dance team to perform this early, but we were there to entertain in the international arrivals and departures area.  The lion was a familiar sight to all staff at the airport every morning.  It was hard for us to keep the noise level down, but we managed.  Although it was hard work, especially after a late night the night before, we all had a great time.  A special thanks to Kate for making the whole experience interesting and worthwhile.  We are trying to catch up on lack of sleep at the moment!

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The Hong De lion entertained guests at the PHREAC CNY party boarding Lady Cutler boat cruise.  Our lion performed on Docklands pier for guests before boarding to retrieve his food for the night.  The food was in the form of a lettuce hung dangerously over the front of the boat.  This was retrieved without the lion going overboard!  Later a string of firecrackers was let off to entertain the crowd.

Thanks David for booking us, we all had a great time!

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Our lion went all the way to Monash to perform at the Chinese Professionals Club of Australia Chinese New Year function at Clayton Hall.  The evening of entertainment opened with our lion dance performance.  There were over 200 guests at the function.

Thank you to Mr Liu for booking us.

During the Chinese New Year weekend, our lion went clubbing to Chasers Nightclub in South Yarra.  Despite being an Asian that night, our lion did not pick up.  Oh well, better luck next time!

Thanks Thai for booking our lion!

With Ian Tran from Transform Sports and Spinal The Hong De lion visited the pool today at the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre to help celebrate the opening of Transform Sports and Spinal Clinic.  The lion entertained visitors at the pool with a lion dance inside the centre and played with some children swimming in the pool.  The lion dance ended with a traditonal lighting of a string of firecrackers to scare away all evil spirits for the new year.  Thank you to Ian Tran for booking us, we certainly had a lot of fun at the Centre!

Hong De performers with Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club

Hong De Lion's first performance for Chinese New Year 2009 kicked off yesterday with two performances for the 'Ip Man' movie premiere at Hoyts Highpoint and Melbourne Central.  Hoyts will be showing a limited season of a traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu movie starring Donnie Yen - try and see it before it disappears.  A must for all Wing Chun enthusiasts!  We used our new Futsan lion for the first time in Highpoint during the daytime premiere and our two Hoksan lions for the nightime premiere.  Movie-goers were treated to a lion dance performance followed by a Wing Chun demonstration by the Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts School.  The wooden dummy used for the demonstration was supplied by Tan's Martial Arts.

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Hong De Lion Dance Association in conjunction with the Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club will be perfoming at the Melbourne premieres of the 'Ip Man Movie' starring Donnie Yen on Thursday 22nd January.  The first daytime premiere event will be held at Hoyts Highpoint at 1:30 pm, screening time is at 2:00pm.  The night premiere event will be held at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 9:00pm, screening time is at 9:30pm. 

Link to Ip Man Movie website.

The Hong De Lion was at Epping Plaza today for the Santa Arrival Parade.  The multicultural event started with Bollywood dancers, followed by our lion dance and then Greek dancers.  We joined the parade with Elves, a giant Christmas angel, Santa's magical Toy Band and Dora the Explorer and led the way to Santa's House.  The lion was mobbed  and mauled by lots of children at the end of the parade!

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Drunken Lion


The Hong De Lion was at Cho Gao tonight to help promote 'Tiger Beer'.  The lion performed for all the customers in the various rooms and was later offered a 'Tiger Beer'.  After drinking the beer, the lion performed a drunken routine outside on the balcony. 

Thanks to Ayaka and Anna for booking us tonight, we had fun doing the performance!

On Saturday 15th November, the Hong De Lions awakened the sleepy Dai Loong (Millenium Dragon) at the Chinese Museum and led the dragon down Bourke Street for the Myer Christmas parade.  The parade was watched by over 40,000 enthusiatic spectators and ended in front of the Myer store in Bourke Street Mall.  A big thanks to Ms Eng Lim (President of Dai Loong Association) for asking us to participate in this exciting event.  We had a great time!

We do not have any photos of us in the parade as we were not allowed to take any, so if anyone has taken any photos, please email us.

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Team Melbourne dinner at Dragon Boat on the YarraThe Hong De Lion was present at the first campaign for Lord Mayor fundraising event for Team Melbourne tonight at Dragon Boat Palace.  Over 200 guests were present and John So, the current Lord Mayor was a special VIP guest at the event.  Team Melbourne consists of Gary Singer (Lord Mayor candidate), Joanne Painter (Deputy Lord Mayor candidate), Ken Ong, Jerome Borazio, Trent Symth and Marion Adler-Bishop (Councillor candidates).  The Hong De Lion donated the performance tonight and all red packets collected by the lion were donated to the campaign.  We wish Team Melbourne all the best in the forthcoming Council elections.

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Lord Mayor John So and Deng SifuHong De Lion Dance would like to congratulate De Sheng Lim, Alex Pang, Jason Lim, Zhen Sheng Lim and Jacqueline Erasmus on the opening of 'Aperture Studios' and 'Ink Style' in Lincoln Street, Richmond today.  The ceremony started with the lighting of firecrackers and a lion dance blessing of the studio.  The Lord Mayor of Melbourne John So and the Member for Clayton Hong Lim MP were amongst special invited guests at the opening.  Well done to the Lim family!

Our episode of 'The Chopping Block' was finally aired on Tuesday night on Channel Nine.  This episode was taped back in September and we finally got to watch it this week!  Congratulations to 'China House' restaurant for winning the competition.  Condolences for the Romagnino family (Pizza Navona) for the passing away of Mama Rosa last week.

Arts CentreThe Hong De Lion Dance team performed a floor show at the ANZ Pavilion at the Arts Centre on Thursday 23rd October for a corporate booking with over 200 guests.  The show featured our Buddha performer, entertaining the audience with his antics and teasing the two hungry lions.


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