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

Li Na in Chinatown SquareThe Chinatown Precinct Association and the Hong De Lion Dance Association welcomed world no. 15 ranked tennis player from China, Li Na to Chinatown. Li Na is here for the Australia Open which starts on Monday 18th January 2010. She has been a regular visitor to Chinatown restaurants since arriving in Melbourne. We wish her well in the Australian Open next week. Li Na Jia Yu!
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We started off the year on a good note with a performance in South Melbourne for a birthday party. The performance ended with the bang of a string of firecrackers, our first of many to come over the new two months. Happy 40th Jason and a big thanks to Julian for organising it.

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On Tuesday 22nd December 2009, the Hong De Lion Dance performers helped opened the new Old Town Kopitiam Mamak restaurant at the QV building. Our lion blessed the restaurant both outside and inside before eating the 'cheng' outside the restaurant. We wish Saw and his team all the best for the new restaurant. This is the second Old Town Kopitiam restaurant in Melbourne, both openings performed by us.

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Savoy Ballroon, Grand HyattThe Hong De Lions performed at the Savoy Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt for China Tourism on Monday 7th December. The ballroom was nicely decorated with an oriental black and red theme and our lions really stood out against the decorations.

Photos of this event were taken by Digital Image.
Event was managed by International Productions, Sydney.

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L-R Mr George Lekakis, Mr Danny Doon, Mr John Brumby, Ms Eng Lim, Mr Robert Doyle and Mr Hong LimOn Saturday 28th November 2009, Hong De Lions celebrated the opening of the newly re-furbished archways in Chinatown. The funding for the restoration was allocated by the State Government. New lighting along Lt. Bourke Street was also installed. The event was opened by the Victorian Premier, John Brumby, the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Mr Robert Doyle and Chinatown Precinct Association President, Mr Danny Doon. The event was organised by the Chinatown Precinct Association and the City of Melboune. All our lions came out to play that day - 5 in all were involved in the blessing of the new archway. After the formalities, we later performed in Chinatown Square, Cohen Place.

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Emerald PeacockChau and Mike's wedding at Elwood Sailing ClubHong De Lions were busy on Friday night with two performances at two different locations. Our wedding lion was in Elwood Sailing Club for Chau and Mike's wedding function and our two gold lions were at a private function at the Emerald Peacock bar in the city.

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The all-awaited biennial lion dance competition was held in the Arena of the Stars in Genting, Malaysia this weekend.  The top three winners of this competition are eligible to compete for the World Lion Dance title next year. A total of 40 teams entered the Single Lion category. For the first time this year a Double Lion category was introduced with 9 teams registered. After 3 very exciting days of of competitions, we are pleased to announce the winners in the two categories.

Single Lion Results
1st - Kun Seng Keng Team D (9.24)
2nd - Kwong Ngai (9.22)
3rd - Gor Chor (8.99)
4th - Khuan Loke (8.96)
5th - Khuan Loke (8.94)

Double Lion Results
1st - Khuan Loke (8.74)
2nd - Nam Wah (8.69)
3rd - Wen Chin (8.36)

Congratulations to the winners and the participating teams. For more details of scores, please visit the LionArts website.

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Stage performance in BroadmeadowsHong De Lions travelled to Broadmeadows on Sunday 15th November for the Community Festival. The stage performances ended with our performance and led straight to a parade in the Broadmeadows Shopping Centre. Our music echoed through the shopping centre with a third lion joining in the parade. It was a fun day for us as well as the spectators. This event was hosted by the Hume City Council.

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Bill and Thao's weddingHong De's Double Happiness lions were at Happy Receptions in Ascot Vale to congratulate the newly weds, Bill and Thao. The lions entertained the 450 guests at the reception at the start of the night. The bride, dressed in traditional Vietnamese wedding costume matched the colours of our lions and new wedding scrolls. The translations of the two scrolls are 'Forever one heart' and 'One hundred years together'. Congratulations to Bill and Thao! The video of the performance can be viewed on our VDO gallery page.

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Grand Ballroom at the Sofitel MelbourneThe Hong De Lions provided entertainment in the Grand Ballroom at the Sofitel Melbourne for the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association Annual Confererence dinner. The event was sponsored by Sydney-based Lexis Nexis Australia and Middletons Law Firm. Thank you to Jason Aitkens for booking us and Brett Rutledge for the brilliant introduction to the performance.

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 Hong De lion travelled to Tarneit on Sunday 11th October for a housewarming and birthday party. Guests were treated to a string of firecrackers for the occasion. Thank you to Jerry for booking us, click below to see the letter of thanks.

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Our special China National Day lion came out to play at the Glen Eira College on Friday 16th October. We performed Hoksan music followed by a lion dance where the lion had to retrieve a strung up lettuce. We would like to thank Mr Tom Lin for booking us for the performance.

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Victoria University Event Organisers (Sharon and Niu Niu) and Gladys at The PeakThree lions performed at The Peak, Flemington Racecourse tonight for the Honorary Degree ceremony for Professor Cheng Wei and the 10th anniversary of Liaoning University partnership with Victoria University. For this special occasion, we used for the first time in Melbourne, a lion which commemorates the 60th anniversary of China Day National Day (from the Sydney Opera House performance) We would like to thank the Events team (Sharon and Rachael) for booking us.

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Michelle and TamThe Hong De wedding lion performed at another wedding tonight in Port Melbourne at '3 Station Pier'. The Spirit of Tasmania was just leaving the pier and the sun was setting over the bay when we arrived at the venue. Congratulations to Tam and Michelle and we hope you enjoyed our performance!

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On Thursday 8th October, the Hong De lions joined a variety of entertainers to promote Macau tourism at the Atlantic on Central Pier, Docklands. This is our second performance in the same venue. The entertainment for the night kicked off with two lions followed by jugglers, trapeze artists, fire-eaters, plate spinners, etc. The finale of the show was 'Laserman', a sound and laser light show. We would like to thank David Power from International Productions for involving us in this well executed event.

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Locals at the Box Hill Library, hoping to get some peace and quiet were awakened with the sound the drum and cymbals. We performed in the children's reading area and amused our young and old audience gathered for the performance. Special thanks to Christina for organising the performance, hopefully the first of many performances at the library.

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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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