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

Opening Ceremony at Fiesta MalaysiaFiesta Malaysia 20009 was declared open today by Deputy High Commissioner Mr Fadil Shamsuddin and City of Melbourne Councillor Mr Ken Ong. Despite the poor weather, there was a good crowd, especially when it was not raining. After a delayed start, there were plenty of entertainment for the afternoon. Thank you to Aida and her team for organising the event.

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The Hong De Lion was at the South Yarra store of Freedom Furniture for a Staff function on Wednesday 9th September. The performance ended with a shower of confetti. A big thanks to Andrew Luke for booking us.

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On Sunday 6th September, 60 new lions were dotted and danced for the first time on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The event was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The event was attended by the Premier of NSW, the Chinese Consul from Sydney, the Chinese Ambassador from Canberra and various other guests. There were 15 participating lion dance teams from Sydney and 3 interstate teams (Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane). The event was submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records. We would like to thank Henry Lo from Jin Wu Koon for inviting us to perform at such a grand event.

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St Louis de MontfortHong De Lion travelled to Aspendale yesterday for a Chinese Cultural Day at St Louis de Montfort. We performed twice during lunchtime for Junior and Senior students. During the first peformance for the Junior students, our poor lion was mobbed by lolly-hungry school children! In all, it was a fun day for students and lion dance performers. A big thanks to Ms Yue Ren for organising a successful Chinese Cultural day at school.

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MLC Chinese Day PerformanceThe Hong De Lion was at Methodist Ladies College, Kew today to help celebrate Chinese Day during Language Week at the school. The middle school students were treated to a BBQ and being entertained by our lion dance at the same time. Much to the delight of the students, the lion threw oranges and lollies to the crowd. Thank you to Mr David Liu for organising the event.

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Group photo with organiser Lisa SunBuchan Street Community Centre Hong De Lion was at the Buchan Street Community Centre for a multicultural Dance Festival in Meadow Heights on Saturday 25th July. Our lion dance performance was first on the prorgram followed by performances from various cultural groups from the local community. We would like to thank Lisa Sun from the Meadow Heights Learning Shop for organising the event and for booking us.

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 Hong De Lions joined the Federation of Chinese Associations to show support for multicultural diversity in Victoria.  Walk for Harmony was led by Premier John Brumby from Carlton Gardens to Federation Square. A large number of cultural groups were involved in the walk. Our colourful lions and the FCA's dragons added to the festivities on the day.
Hong De would like to express special thanks to The Chinese Musuem (for providing us a change room) and FCA (for sponsoring our lunch). Channel Seven News link.& Read More »

With Cr Ken OngWe celebrated our first anniversary on the weekend with invited guests, friends and family of members.  Our members have been rehearsing for three performances for our guests that day.  The event kicked off with a traditional 'Four Gate Blessing' of the studio with our two gold lions. This was followed by award presentations by our special guest, Councillor Ken Ong from the City of Melbourne. The music team then presented a fully choreographed routine followed by a one lion traditional performance.  Thank you for all who participated in this special event, hope you all enjoyed the performances and afternoon tea!  Well done to the performers that day and a big thanks to all the helpers as well.

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Ben and Sally, outside GingerboySt Mary Catholic ChurchAnother first for Hong De - we performed inside a Church for a wedding on Saturday 6th June. The lion surprised wedding guests by performing down the aisle at St Mary Catholic Church in East St Kilda before the bride walked down the aisle.  Later, our lion was outside entertaining the guests before the arrival of the bridal couple at Gingerboy in Crossley Lane. Congratulations to Ben and Sally and special thanks to Father Barry for letting us perform in his parish church!

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Students' LoungeHong De Lion Dance performed at an 'International Day (iDay)' at the William Angliss Institute on Friday 5th June.  We performed at the foyer, the International Office, the Library and the Student's Lounge at the 'World Environment Day Expo'. The event was organised by students at William Angliss, special thanks to Anna for looking after us that day!

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On Wednesday 13th May 2009, the Premier of Victoria, Mr John Brumby made funding announcements in Chinatown as well as unveilling a pair of beacons marking the entrance to Chinatown in Melbourne.  The events were attended by the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Mr Danny Doon (Chinatown Precinct Association), Ms Eng Lim (Dai Loong Association), Dr Christine Liao (Chinese Museum), Mr Mark Wang (Chinese Museum), Mr Hong Lim (Member for Clayton) and various other representatives from the Chinese community.  Funding of $2.5 million will go towards the upgrade of Chinatown and $1.2 million towards the Chinese Museum.

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Group photo with the International House students on their last day of trainingFor the month of April, Hong De trained a group of Melbourne University students from International House to perform a two-lion performance for Cafe Internationale.  This is a traditional yearly fund-raising event hosted by the students from IH.  The theme of the event this year was 'Wonders of the World'. 

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Two nights in a row, Hong De performed with the Double Happiness Wedding lions.  We were at Sovereign Receptions in Northcote for our second performance on the same weekend.  Our lions started off the floorshow by cautiously peeking through the curtain before entering the function room.  Once inside, the two lions performed a 'Cheng' for the wedding couple and also showed off two wedding scrolls - "Forever one heart.  Until our hair is grey".  The MC helped us translate the meaning of the scrolls to the non-Chinese in the reception.  We would like to thank Boon and Joanna for booking us and we wish them all the best for the future. The wedding performance has been uploaded to Youtube.

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We performed at the Crown Function Rooms on Friday 8th May for a wedding reception.  Our wedding lion (used only for the second time) graced the rooms at Crown and entertained wedding guests.  The wedding scroll used translates as "Until our hair is grey" - a common saying in Chinese weddings.  Congratulations again to Mr. and Mrs. Chan!

The performance has now been unloaded onto Youtube.

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The Hong De lion dance team was at Doncaster Westfield today for the long awaited opening of the new Kam Fook restaurant.  This is the third restaurant (the first in Melbourne) to be opened by the Kam Fook Group.  The restaurant will bring to Doncaster a new level of fine Cantonese style dining to the suburbs.  The restaurant purchased two lions for the opening and we were asked to help prepare and bless the lions for the opening.  These new lions will be on display at the restaurant for the first few weeks.
Congratulations to Edward and Rosetta on the opening of Kam Fook Doncaster, we wish you every success for the future!

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The training sessions have re-commenced this year at Fusion Dance and Lifestyle Studios in Fitzroy, right near the seconds shopping strip.  We had a very good turnout of new students today which kept us very busy for the entire three hours!  We welcome the students from International House, University of Melbourne who are training for a fund-raising performance at their college in May.

The Studio is located at 478 Smith Street, Fitzroy (behind Officeworks and next to Irish Murphy).  There will be no training on Easter Sunday as the Studio will be closed, next training session is on Sunday 19th April from 2pm to 5pm - please note the change in our training times.


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Hong De Lion Dance Friends

Hong De Lion Dance Association would like to acknowledge support (with loan of equipment, recommendations, coaching) and friendship from the following lion and dragon dance teams:

Khuan Yee Lion Dance Association, Brisbane
Gingmo Academy, Perth
Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne, Melbourne
Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association, Malaysia
Hong De Lion Dance Association, Subang, Malaysia
Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Ass'n,  Malaysia
Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Ass'n, Indonesia
Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Ass'n, Singapore
Kong Ha Hong Lion Dance, Indonesia
Hung Gar Yau Shu, Melbourne
Chinese Youth League, Sydney
Jin Wu Koon, Sydney
Cheung Keung Lion Dance, Sydney
Cheung Keng Lion Dance, Hong Kong
Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance, Canberra
Deng Sifu, Melbourne
Siow Sifu, Wan Seng Hang, Malaysia
Ting Sifu, Singapore Dragon & Lion Athletic Association 
Quah Beng Chye, Penang, Malaysia
Yi Sifu, Singapore Yi Long International

Members of Hong De, Khuan Yee, Singapore Yi Wei and UK Yi Dao with Siow Sifu outside Wan Seng Hang

Hong De, Jin Wu Koon, Chinese Youth League and Khuan Yee at Market City LionFest2008

Glen Waverley Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival 2009 - Hong De and Khuan Yee teams

Hong De and Prosperous Mountain LD (Canberra) at the Sydney Opera House

Jin Wu Koon, Chinese Youth League, Prosperous Mountain and Hong De at the Sydney Opera House

Khuan Yee and Hong De lions at The CNY and Lantern Festival, Glen

 Moomba Parade 2010 - DTF's from CYSM, HGYS and Hong De

Indonesia KSK and Kong Ha Hong, Sentosa, Singapore - 2011

Centenary Concert with CYSM and HGYS (2011)

Melbourne Chinatown

Indonesia Kong Ha Hong, Jakarta

Indonesia Kun Seng Keng, Jakarta

Hong De Dragon and Lion Dance


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