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

Fed Square Ten

We were part of the Fed Ten celebrations at Fed Square on the weekend to celebrate the tenth birthday. Several free concerts and activities were organised on the weekend. We were involved in the Family Concert which started at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. A small crowd had gathered when we first arrived and it was not long before more came for the 3pm concert. We were the opening act and we used the area in front of the stage so that we can interact with the on-lookers, besides, the dixie band after us had all their sound equipment set up on stage. We were also very lucky with the great weather (Melbourne's weather is rather unpredictable at times) as it rained in the morning. Happy Tenth Birthday Fed Square and thank you for inviting us be part of your celebrations!

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Ascot House Receptions Our second wedding for the weekend took place at Ascot House Receptions in Ascot Vale. The wedding celebration took place at the back of the venue whilst we set up at the front. When all the guests were gathered at the front for drinks, our lions performed for them, ending with a string of firecrackers. We would like to thank Kal Wee and Soo Ming for booking us and we wish you all the best for your big reception in Singapore! 

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Amy and Justin at LuminareWe were very busy on the weekend with two wedding bookings. The first one was on Saturday night at Luminare in South Melbourne. This is our second time at that beautiful venue, overlooking the city skyline. We would like to thank Amy and Justin for letting us be part of their celebrations on this very special day.

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PotStickerWe helped celebrate The Potsticker's First Birthday anniversary last week with lion dance performances over two nights in Caulfield. The first night was a very cold and wet night, the second was a beautiful warm Spring day - the photo was taken on the second day. We did not take any more photos as it was all hands on deck during the performance. We were also there last year for the opening last year. Congratulations Eric, wishing you all the best for another great year!
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Moon Festival at SwinburneIt is usually very quiet in Melbourne during the Mid-Autumn Festival, but we had a request from the Vietnamese International Students Association at Swinburne University to perform at their Moon Festival. We performed at the Atrium at the Hawthorn campus last Friday night to a packed crowd. Thank you to Thao for inviting us to take part in your celebrations.

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 HRIZON2012 at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention CentreLast week, Hong De Lion performed at an International Human Resources conference at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. There were a lot of roving performances that night as the Conference Exhibition opened for the first time. We performed three spot performances during the night. The Exhibition showed off the sights of Melbourne with various landmarks including streets of Melbourne and Federation Square. We would like to thank PAN International for booking us that night, it was a certainly a fun night!

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 North Richmond Community Health CentreOur lion was at the North Richmond Community Health Centre opening today. The new centre was opened by The Hon David Davis MP in front of many guests from the Centre and the Richmond Asian community. Our lion blessed inside the building before coming out to entertain the guests. Our performance ended with the lighting of a string of Chinese firecrackers. Thank you to Cristiana for booking us!

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 Wesfarmers at ShowtimeLast week, we performed at Showtime Events for over 400 guests at a Wesfarmers conference. The guests attended a function at Crown Metropol and walked over to Showtime Events for their dinner function. The groups of 50 departed in regular intervals and were entertained on the way to the venue. We were the last stop before they entered the venue. The guests were led to to venue by hosts and hostesses with colourful umbrellas and were serenaded by Indian musicians, Chinese ribbon dancer and a lion dance! It was a fun event and the venue was very nicely themed as well. Thank you to the team at Allegro for booking us!

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The 10th Genting World Lion Dance was held last weekend in Malaysia. There were a total of 25 participants in this biennial event from USA, Australia, Thailand, Burma, Brunei, Singapore, China, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong and of course Malaysia. The event started with two days of preliminary with the top 9 joining the defending Champion from 2010 (Malaysia Kun Seng Keng) in the Finals on Sunday. Australia was represented by two teams from Sydney - Cheung Keung and Jin Wu Koon. For the Cheung Keung team, Henry and Willis have been there many times before and scored 8.17 on the first day. The Jin Wu Koon team introduced two new competitors Ian and Matty - both have been to Genting before but not under the lion. Due to two falls, they only scored 5.59 (not a bad effort for first timers). For the first time since 1994, the infamous Muar KSK team has been dethroned by another Malaysian team. The 2012 Champion is the Kedah Hong Teik Lion Dance Association (our brother Hong De school). Congratulations to all the participants. More photos and video links can be found on our Facebook fanpage. All the preliminary scores are listed as well.

Kedah Hong Teik lion actionThe finals results:
Champion - Malaysia Kedah Hong Teik (9.27)
1st Runner Up - Malaysia Kun Seng Keng Team D (9.25)
2nd Runner Up - Malaysia Muar Kun Seng Keng (9.22)
4th - Singapore Wei Yong (9.13)
5th - Singapore Kuan San Tang (9.10)
6th - USA San Francisco Leung's White Crane (9.04)
7th - Indonesia Kong Ha Hong (9.03)
8th - Taiwan Chinese Taipei Yongping (8.98)
9th - Macau Hong Vai (8.94)
10th - Singapore Yio Chu Kang (8.93)

Photo credits: Long-Shi and Kedah Hong Teik

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 Tracy n SoknayThe Double Happiness lions came out to play at Manor on High in Epping on the weekend. The lions opened the proceedings by leading the couple into the reception and held up a ribbon for the couple to cut. Afterwards, the lions performed for the guests. Thank you to Tracy and Soknay for booking us. Congratulations and we wish you all the best for the future!

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Crown Studio3What a busy weekend we had last weekend! Three performances over two days! We performed for the first time at Crown Studio 3 for a Travel Associates dinner function with a Asian theme of course. We had to arrive early as our lions were going to greet guests. The tables were beautifully decorated with red birdcages and ornamental trees and the backdrop was all lit up with red lights. We prepared inside as guests arrived for pre-dinner drinks outside the venue. When it was time for the guests to enter the venue, our musicians started and the lions were inside the doorway welcoming the guests. Once all the guests were seated, we proceeded to perform on the dance floor, entertaining all the guests.

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Boyd House OpeningThe very next morning, we arrived in Southbank (it was a very cold morning) for the opening of the Boyd House Community Hub. The Boyd House was previously a private Girls School which has now since been converted to a Community Hub with a great library, Playgroup, Maternal welfare and rental areas for artists. The Boyd House was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle and attended by Councillors Ken Ong and Kevin Louey. Our lion performed briefly at the start and later roved at the back of Boyd House.

A video link to ABC News.

More photos below:


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Telstra Awards @ Victory RoomLast Friday (6/7) our lions performed for the Telstra Awards Night in the Victory Room at Etihad Stadium. This is our first time performing in this venue. The performance was a surprise for guests so we had to arrive early and hide in a room next door. When it came time to perform, our two lions burst into the room and roved amongst the guests before proceeding to the dance floor for the main performance. Thank you to the team for a great performance!

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Ernest performing for the Today Show for L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion

It is with regret that we bid farewell to one of our Founding Members at Hong De Lion Dance Association. Ernest Tan has been with us since the inception of the Association. He started his lion dance training at Hin Hua High School in Klang under instructors from Khuan Loke Lion Dance Association. He is also a founding member of the Wen Qing Lion Dance Troupe in Klang.

He helped train our team for performances in Melbourne and Sydney. He participated as a music player for Khuan Yee Lion Dance Association at the last World Lion Dance Championship in 2010 in Genting, Malaysia. We will miss him, his torturous training sessions and his great cooking! We wish him well in his new endeavour in Klang, running the family business. We will keep in touch and hope to invite him back to Melbourne for Chinese New Year next year!

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L-R Robin n Cecilia (Hong De), Mr n Mrs Tan (KSK), Silvie n Denny, Mr Ben Fu (KSK), Mrs Siow and Master Siow (Wan Seng Hang), HB Siow (WSH) and Andy ChanHong De Lion has had a great brotherhood relationship with Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance (Muar as well as Indonesia). Our Committee members, Vincent and Cecilia met Denny Kurniawan for the first time in 2008 when we were there for the World Lion Dance Championship in Genting. A strong friendship has since developed with Hong De inviting members of Indonesia KSK to Melbourne to help during Chinese New Year in 2011. When Denny was here last year he mentioned that he was getting married this year and would like us to attend his wedding. The wedding was held on Friday 25th May in the Sands Ballroom, Jakarta. It was attended by Cecilia and Robin from Hong De, Master Siow and Mrs Siow from Wan Seng Hang, Malaysia, Mr and Mrs Tan Hing Choong from Muar KSK, Malaysia and senior representatives of Muar KSK, Singapore KSK, Indonesia KSK and Indonesia Kong Ha Hong. There were over 850 guests at the wedding reception with two lion dance performances by Kong Ha Hong and Indonesia KSK on jongs. Thank you to Denny for your kind hospitality for our short visit to your country. It was great to see some our our friends again from Malaysia as well as Indonesia. Congratulations Denny and Silvie!! We wish you all the best for the future!

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We were contacted in April last year for an Art project to be held for the Next Wave Festival in Melbourne. We were in constant communication with the organisers Abdul Abdullah and Nathan Beard until the launch of the project in Melbourne on 17th May. One of our lions was on display for the duration of the Exhibition in NGV Studio, Federation Square. We were invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the Exhibition on Friday 25th May. The exhibition is of a fictitious Asian Embassy with icons from Asian culture displayed within the Embassy. We were very excited to be part of this exhibition.

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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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