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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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AK8 BilliardsHong De Lion was at the opening of the AK8 Billiards Lounge in Therry Street in the city today. We started the performance with the lighting of a string of firecrackers outside before proceeding inside. The crackers added to the foggy day by adding smoky effects to the inside of the lounge afterwards! Our lion blessed all the rooms before 'Chai Qing'. We would like to thank Kevin Xu for booking us and wishing him every success!

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 Chinese Culture Day at Melbourne Town HallHong De Lion Dance performed yesterday at the Melbourne Town Hall in front of over 1000 LOTE (Languages Other Than English) Year 9 and 10 students. The Chinese Culture Day was an annual event, organised by the Chinese Language Teachers of Victoria. Present at the event were representatives from the Chinese Consulate, Mr Shi Wei Qiang, the Consul General and Mr Huang Feng Wen, the Vice Consul General. We would like to thank Mr Wei Ha (Camberwell Grammar School) and Mr James Wu (Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School) for organising the event and booking us.

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Bracefree Grand OpeningAnother first for Hong De Lion! Our lions performed at an opening of a dental surgery on the weekend. Bracefree Orthodontics and Implant Centre can be found on Springvale Road in Nunawading. The event was opened by four VIP's including Ms Gladys Liu (representative of the Victorian State Parliament). After speeches and the cutting of the ribbon, our lions blessed the outside signage and doorway before entering the reception area. A platter was presented to the owners of Bracefree before the lions dropped two scrolls for the business blessings. Thank you to Carrie for recommending us and Alice for booking us.

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Dandenong MarketHong De Lion was there to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Dandenong Market. After a speech by the Mayor of the City of Dandenong, Roz Blades, a plaque was unveilled. Our musicians attracted a big crowd before our lion performed. The crowd reaction was fantastic, cheering our performers on. Thank you to Eddie James from James Leigh Entertainment Promotions for being such a great MC that day! After our performance, our lion also roved through the market. There were lots of activities that day including Bollywood dancers, drummers, roving musicians and artists.
We were so happy with the performance, we decided to share it on Youtube!

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Auburn South PS - Principal and Local MPHong De Lion performed at the opening of the new school building at the Auburn South Primary School in East Hawthorn. The new building houses the Library, Art Room and classrooms. Our lion performed in front of the school during assembly this morning. Afterwards, we conducted a lion dance workshop for the Year 5 students. At the end of the session, some of the students were able to perform a short lion dance routine with students on cymbals. Well done! Thank you to Ms Xu for organising both events today.

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Chisholm DandenongHong De Lion was at Chisholm TAFE in Dandenong today to help celebrate Multicultural Day. Our lion dance was the first act during lunchtime at Chisholm. Due to rain, the event was held inside Building W (it was warm and cosy inside). Thank you to Andrew and Monica for organising the event. Thank you also to the members who braved the wet and cold conditions today to go to Dandenong!

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Viva Festival in AraratOn Sunday morning, at the crack of dawn the Hong De minibus picked up sleepy Hong De members for a trip to Ararat. Our trip began from Box Hill - Surrey Hills - Prahran - Maidstone - Keilor East - Delahey.  After picking all our 12 passengers, Captain Colin and Co-Pilot Cecilia were ready to head off to Ararat, but not after a safety announcement from our Captain (we think Colin is having withdrawals from not being an airline pilot, but we are glad he is back after being away for nearly 3 years). We had a nice Macca's breakfast before our 2.5 hour trip. The weather was sunny and rainy on the way there, but skies were clear when we got to our destination. We were greeted by a few familiar faces, including Heather Ahpee from Ararat Gum San Heritage and also representatives from the Chinese Consulate - Consul General Mr Shi Weiqiang and Deputy Chen Di. Our lion dance opened the activities for the Viva Multicultural Festival. Our loud music and lion dance gathered a crowd for the Festival. Afterwards we roamed around the multicultural stalls entertaining the crowd. As we headed back to Melbourne, it started to rain again, so we were very lucky with the weather. Photos from the Festival were taken by RMIT student Ngoc Le who is doing an photographic assignment with our team.

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Hong De Lion Dance is proud to be involved in our second Night Market performance at Melbourne University on Thursday 7th April. The weather was perfect and our performance gathered quite a crowd. Our lion escorted VIP's (Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors) from the Union Building to the stage. Thank you to Melbourne University Overseas Students Service for organising it and Yu Kai Liang for photographing the event.

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Confederation of Sar Ping Lion Dance

On Friday 18th March, over 20 Sar Ping teams and representatives were at a dinner held at the Armada Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The overseas teams represented included Melbourne Hong De (Cecilia Hsieh), Indonesia Kun Seng Keng (Denny Kurniawan), Indonesia Hong De (Ah Fook) and Singapore Wei Yun (Joseph Low). The local teams included Khuan Loke, Subang Hong Teck, Selayang Hong Teck, Kedah Hong Teck, Kun Seng Keng, Penang Nan Bei and many others. VIP's attending the dinner included Sigung Robin Chan from Singapore, Master Siow Ho Phiew and Mr Liang Li Tang (President of the Malaysian Lion Dance Federation). The Confederation of Sar Ping Lion Dance now boasts a membership of 56 teams from all around the world. There are two Sar Ping teams in Australia (Khuan Yee and Hong De). It was great to meet all the Sar Ping teams in the one room! The highlights of the night were Sigung singing and the durian feast with Sigung after the dinner!!

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DBV - Jenny Mayne, Trevor Huggard and David WongHong De lions were at Victoria Harbour yesterday for the Melbourne International Dragon Boat Festival. We performed during a break in between heats in the morning and afternoon. The heats in the morning involved several teams from Victoria. There was a touching tribute to Breast Cancer victims by 4 Dragons Abreast teams before our performance. The four boats linked together and threw rose petals into the water. We were very happy to be invited back again by Dragon Boats Victoria to perform at this Festival. We had a lovely but very windy day! Big thanks to Jenny and David for getting us to perform yesterday.

We would like to acknowledge this performance as a last performance by Colin Liew (drummer) as he prepares to return to Malaysia permanently next week. We would like to thank him for his coaching and support of our team since we started in 2008. He will be sadly missed by us all! Good luck for the future and we will see him again when we visit KL!

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Nick and Abi with our wedding lions Our wedding lions performed for the first time this year at Abi and Nick's wedding in Murrumbeena. Our lions had fun entertaining over 100 guests at the reception. The bride had booked this wedding performance over a year ago! We hope they enjoyed our performance. Congratulations and best wishes to Abi and Nick!

Youtube link to the performance.

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Craigieburn Festival 2011On Sunday 27th February, we went to Craigieburn on a wet morning (the Melbourne weather forecast did predict that the rain will clear by midday) to attend the Craigieburn Festival. It was drizzling when we arrived but the show must go on. We sheltered in the performer's tent behind the main stage. All performances on stage were all going well and on time. At 12pm our lion performed in front of a small crowd, huddled under umbrellas. The second part of our performance involved a combined dance with Bollywood Beats. We peformed to 'Jai Ho' and this is only the second time we have performed since our wedding performance together in October last year. Thank you to Nildhara for the choreography and Adi and Alisha for persuading us to perform this combined dance again!

A short VDO clip of our performance.

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Chinese New Year GreetingsMr Kevin Rudd!!Hong De Lion was proud to be involved again in the third CNY Lantern Festival in Glen Waverley. The Festival attracted an estimated crowd of 35,000 people. Some highlights of the day include our special VIP guest, former Prime Minister and now Foreign Affair Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd. Programmed festivities for the day were slightly delayed to allow time for Mr Rudd to get to Glen Waverley from Melbourne Airport. His arrival in Kingsway was well received by the crowd present. Also delighted were our guest performers from Queensland (Khuan Yee Lion Dance Association) and Indonesia (Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Association). Khuan Yee performed two double-lion performances on 'jong's or 'poles' as well as combined performances with Hong De. Shops along Kingsway were all visited by at least two lions with a huge crowd following us. We would like to thank Mr Vincent Chow, Ms Jan Holder, Mr Rod Stoller, Mr Lachie Stoller and Ms Carmen Chau from the Monash Chinese Events Organising Committee for all their work involved in making the Festival a huge success! Thank you also to members of Khuan Yee, Hong De and KSK for your participation in this event! See you again next year!!
Youtube link to performances.

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Lions at the Central Equity displayThe Chinese New Year Charity Ball, presented by the Australian Chinese Events Committee Inc. was held at the Palladium Ballroom in the Crown Entertainment Complex on Saturday 12th February. The entertainment of the night opened with a 6-lion performance by 3 lions from Hong De Lion, 2 lions from Khuan Yee Lion Dance (QLD) and 1 lion from Kun Seng Keng (Indonesia). The red packets collected from over 400 guests at the Black Tie Gala event were donated to Very Special Kids. A total of $765 was collected from all the tables. Later during the night, Hong De donated an auction item (lion dance performance) and this was hotly bidded for by three bidders. At the end the winning bidder paid $888 for the item. We were very pleased to have donated a total of $1653 to Very Special Kids. Thank you to all the members from Hong De, KSK and Khuan Yee who volunteered for the performance.

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Humble House, BrightonBarry Plant Function - CEO Mr Mike McCarthy and Shiona PearsonCNY House blessing in BrightonHong De Lions were at several locations during the last three weeks of Chinese New Year, bringing traditional Chinese cultural celebrations to people out in suburbia. We were at several restaurants from Eastern Palace in Rowville to Seven Stars and Fongs in East Bentleigh to Humble House in Brighton to China Tea, Coco Chine and Cyclo de Saigon in Point Cook and to Coco Chine in Caroline Springs. We also performed at several hotels - Seasons Heritage and Seasons Botanic Gardens in St Kilda, Langham Hotel in Southbank and Westwaters Hotel in Caroline Springs. This year we also performed at several CNY house blessings in Essendon, East Hawthorn and Brighton. Our business bookings also came from Synnex in South Oakleigh, Barry Plant in Doncaster, Australian Tax Office in Box Hill, Orient Express Travel in Melbourne and Famous Pacific Shipping in Keilor. Over three mornings during CNY, our lion was entertaining International arrivals and departures at Melbourne Airport. It was great to put a smile on everyone's faces when they saw our lion! Our last performance during the CNY period was a street parade in Barkly Street, Ararat. Again it was worth the two hour trip there as the locals have never seen firecrackers before, let alone a lion!

Thank you to all the businesses who have supported us again this year, some have already confirmed bookings for next year already!!

Youtube vdo clip of Box Hill ATO performance

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Camberwell Grammar SchoolHong De Lions visited several schools during the Chinese New Year (CNY) period. Our first booking was at St Margaret's in Berwick on Friday 4th February. Due to rain that day, we performed inside the school Hall to Senior as well Junior school children. After the second performance, we let some of the kids experience what it is like under the lions. We had two massive queues! We think some of them re-joined the queue when they came out of the lion! During the second week of CNY, our lion went to Monash College to perform for all the International students. The performance was in the courtyard outside the College in front of lot of students and the director of the College, Faye Lambert. During the last week of CNY, our lion performed at Serpell Street Primary School, Camberwell Grammar School and also at Balwyn North Primary School. We arrived at Serpell Street PS to a massive reception of 950 kids with only one packet of lollies! We made up for the shortfall by giving away fridge magnets as prizes for correct answers in a Q and A about CNY and lion dancing.

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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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