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

Federation SquareLeading up to Chinese New Year celebrations in Federation Square, Hong De Lion will be conducting lion dance classes at the Amphitheatre in Federation Square. We had our first class on the weekend and created a bit of interest with passers by. Some sat and watched most of our session. We will be there again next Saturday 17/12 and also on Sunday 8/1/2012. Please drop by and say hello. If anyone is interested in trying out a class, come and talk to us.

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Where is the lion?Jetstar Lion!Hong De lion was at the Victoria State Library forecourt yesterday to help promote Jetstar's special discount fares to Beijing. Our lion and Buddha entertained lunch time crowds enjoying the beautiful Melbourne weather outside the Library. Jetstar staff were handing out pamphlets and Jetstar fortune cookies to passers by.

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The finals for the 15th National Malaysian Lion Dance competition was held in the Arena of the Stars in Genting last weekend. A total of 20 teams participated in the Preliminary held over two days. The top eight teams performed in the Finals on Sunday 21/11. With thanks to modern technology, we were able to get live score updates straight from the Arena! We would like to thank Donovan (Khuan Loke) and Gary (Kun Seng Keng) for keeping us updated over the three days.

The Finals results are listed below:
1. Johor Muar Kun Seng Keng 9.20
2. Sabah Tawau Maha Bodhi 9.13
3. Kedah Hong Teck (Hong De) 9.11
4. Kedah Bei Her 9.10
5. Kuala Lumpur Hok Seng 8.99
6. Johor Bahru Kun Seng Keng 8.98 (0.1 deduction)
7. Sabah Yick Nam 8.80 (0.2 deduction)
8. Selangor Sungei Way Khuan Loke 8.60 (0.5 deduction)

Congratulations to all the teams. The top three teams will compete in the International Lion Dance Competition next year, we hope to watch them compete in Genting!

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Dr Sun Yat Sen memorialHong De lions in ChinatownHong De lions teamed up with Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne and Chinese Masonic Society to help celebrate the unveiling of a statue of Dr Sun Yat Sen in Chinatown Square. This event was opened by Dr Sun's Grand Daughter who travelled from Hawaii with her son. This event is a culmination of a series of events to celebrate the centenary of the Chinese Republican Revolution. We are very proud to be invited by CYSM to celebrate in some of these events. An exhibition of Dr Sun Yat Sen's life can be seen at the KMT building at 109 Little Bourke Street unti 26th November. Thank you to CYSM for organising these events and also for involving us as well.

Youtube link 

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 Hong De lion at Atherton Gardens, FitzroyHong De lion at Atherton Gardens, FitzroyHong De lion performed for the Atherton Gardens Residents Association on their Multicultural Day in Fitzroy last weekend. The event was largely attended by residents around Atherton Gardens. This the second time we have performed for the Atherton Gardens group. Thank you to Hai for inviting us to perform again.

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 Hong De Lions with owners and Mayor of KingstonHong De lions travelled to the seaside suburb of Chelsea for the opening of the Chelsea Shopping centre yesterday. The lions attracted a small crowd of Saturday shoppers in the shopping centre. The Mayor of Kingston, Mr Ron Brownless was there to officiate the opening. Congratulations and best wishes to Jenny and Jay!

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Betty and Kevin at Willows ReceptionOn the day after our team arrived back from Sentosa, we were out again with our Double Happiness lions at Betty and Kevin's wedding at Willows Reception on St Kilda Road. Our lions greeted the newly weds when they arrived at the reception and escorted them inside with two red ribbons. Once inside, the lions tied the ribbons together so that the couple was joined. The lions entertained guests at the reception with a performance in the courtyard.

Congratulations and best wishes to Betty and Kevin! 01/11/11
Link to the vdo of our performance.
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Hong De at the Pot Sticker

Eric at the opening of The Pot StickerHong De lion was pleased to open another one of Eric's new restaurant venture, The Pot Sticker at 58 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield on Thursday 13th October. The cuisine at the restaurant is Asian Fusion. We wish Eric well in his new venture, the menu looks good and the restaurant is impeccably decorated!
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Hong De team at Sentosa

Our two day event at Sentosa certainly went very quickly. Our team arrived two days before the competition to prepare for it. We all stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel at Resorts World, which was very nice, overlooking Universal Studios. We must thank Denny Kurniawan (Indonesia Kun Seng Keng) for convincing us to go in the first place, Anton Chandra (Indonesia KSK) and Andri Wijaya (Indonesia Kong Ha Hong) for coaching the team. They were there at all the training sessions with translations going between English, Indonesian and sometimes Chinese! We all got there in the end. Our team performed well, with just two mistakes which cost us 1.3 point deduction from the overall score. Well, at least, we were not on the bottom! This is not too bad considering we were competing against teams that train almost full time! Overall, the experience our team has gained from the competition far exceeds whether we win or lose. Thank you to Kun Seng Keng for inviting us to participate in this inaugural event. We have certainly enjoyed the whole experience and have made new friendships in the lion dance community!

Please click below to see all the team scores, video links and some photos from the events. 

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 Hong De Lion Dance is very excited to be invited to the Resorts World Sentosa International Lion Dance Championship on the 28th and 29th October. The Championship is an invitational event with 12 participating teams from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and of course Australia. Please find event details on link below. Our team has been very busy preparing for the competition and will arrive a few days before the event for training in Singapore. This is a unique opportunity for our members to be able to participate in such a prestigious event. We wish our team the very best of luck for the event!! Live scores will be broadcasted on our fan page on Facebook during the event.

RWS Bookings

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14 lions at Dallas Brooks CentreHong De Lions were part of the Variety Concert celebrating the Centenary of the Chinese Republican Revolution at Dallas Brooks Centre on Saturday 24th September. It was a long day with rehearsals and two shows at 2pm and 7pm. Both shows were well attended and all the acts were all very entertaining. Our lions were involved in a massed lion dance performance at the start of the shows with 14 lions from Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne and Hung Gar Yau Shu.

Please find our Youtube link for the 2pm performance with 14 lions.

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Andrew and AhnOur Double Happiness lions performed last weekend at the wedding reception for Andrew and Anh. This is our first performance in Peninsula C, we have performed next door at Maia in the past. There were over 360 guests at the reception and our lion dance was the first entertainment act. Our show started off with the firing of two strings of firecrackers outside the venue. Our Buddha led the two Double Happiness lions into the venue. The lions gave two Chinese wedding bears to the couple at the conclusion of the performance. Congratulations to both Andrew and Anh and thank you for letting us share your night with you. Also thank you to Lizette from Atlantic Group and Peter and staff from Crystal Palace Catering for all the background work involved with the event. A big thanks to all our members for a brilliant performance and staying back to help clean up!

A video of our performance has been uploaded to Youtube.

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Merdeka at ZincWe were invited to perform again at the Merdeka Day function on Wednesday 31st August. This year, it was held at Zinc restaurant at Federation Square with over 100 guests of the Australian Malaysian Business Council in attendance. The VIP’s were the president of the Victorian chapter, Mr Mike Anderson, Councillor Ken Ong from the City of Melbourne and a representative from the Malaysian Consulate. Thank you to James Liew (Key Passion) and Aik Sern Lee (AMBC) for organising the event.

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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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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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