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

Asian Beer Cafe, Melbourne CentralSwinburne UniversityBox Hill Centro Full Moon FestivalIt has been a busy week for our lions with performances three days in a row (unusual for Melbourne). We kicked off at Asian Beer Cafe in Melbourne Central on Thursday night with a roving performance through the very packed out venue. You can see a short Instagram video here. The following night, we were in Hawthorn at Swinburne University for Vietnamese International Students Association's Full Moon Festival event. This is the second year in a row we have performed there. A short Youtube clip can be found here. Yesterday, we were at Box Hill where the Moon Festival was in full swing. We performed inside both the Box Hill Centro shopping centres and attracted huge crowds following us! Thank you to all our clients who booked us, we had a blast. 中秋节快乐!

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On the weekend we performed at a fund raising event for the Australian Children's Choir. A group of about 50 children will be accompanying the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra for tour to China at the end of the year. We helped by donating our performance that night and collected red packet donations from the tables at the function. We raised $238.95 for their fund raising effort that night. A big thanks to our members who gave up their Saturday night to travel to Research for the performance, our performance was very well received by the ACC. 
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Sheldon ReceptionsSheldon ReceptionsOn the weekend we had another wedding performance at Sheldon Receptions for Sang and Helen. Helen was at another function we performed at earlier in the year and was very keen to get us to perform for her wedding. We have uploaded a Youtube video of our performance. Thank you to both Sang and Helen for booking us!

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Plaza BallroomPlaza BallroomThe Hong De lions performed at the Regent Plaza Ballroom on the weekend for Lonely Planet's 40th Birthday celebrations. It was a night of multicultural performances with Brazillian dancers kicking off the entertainment followed by our three lions. Needless to say, the venue is a spectacular setting for our performance. A big thanks to Rhiannon for booking us!

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Hubei Association

Hubei Association DinnerOur lions performed with the FCA Dragons for the celebration of a traditional Chinese Festival, now known more for Dragon Boat. We were at Austar Receptions in Forest Hills for the Hubei Association. The Consul General from China, Mr Shi WeiQiang was the official VIP at the event and performed dotting ceremony with Mr Hong Lim, Member for Clayton and Melbourne City Councillor Carl Jetter.

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House Party in Camberwell House Party in CamberwellOn Sunday after training, we arrived in a house in Camberwell where the Going Away party has been in full swing for the whole afternoon. Our lion and Buddha entertained the guests and the children at the party. There were other activities at the party including Face Painting, Photo Booth, Trampoline and a Kung Fu class! We hope they enjoyed our performances! Good luck to Lincoln and his family in their move to Hong Kong!

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Australia Building Centre - Preston Store OpeningOn Saturday 1st June, we had 3 lions performing at the opening of a branch of the Australia Building Centre in Preston. The warehouse is located right behind Stars Reception. Our lions performed the traditional 'Four Gates Blessing' and entertained guests at the opening before the ribbon cutting and the performance ended with the lighting of a string of firecrackers. Congratulations to Nick Cai and we wish him and his staff all the best!

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 Adelyn and Andrew's wedding

The Hong De wedding lions travelled to Sherbrooke on the weekend to perform at Adelyn and Andrew's wedding on Poets Lane. As it was such a beautiful day, we decided to go up to the mountain earlier and enjoy a BBQ in the picnic grounds nearby. It turned out to be quite an adventure as half of our party decided to go for a long walk in the forest and got lost! We found them with the aid of Smart phone technology! Anyway, we got to the wedding on time and performed at the scheduled time. Congratulations to Adelyn and Andrew and thank you for letting us help you celebrate on your wedding day!

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ANZCA conference at MCECOur new lions came out to play on the weekend! We performed for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaethesticists Conference at their Trade Display in Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. ANZCA wanted to promote the venue of the Singapore Conference next year at Marina Bay Sands. Our lions unveiled banners to promote the Singapore Conference. We just wanted to let the organisers know that we are available to perform at MBS next year for free...

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Melbourne Hong De Dragon Dance

 We are very pleased to announce that we are adding the art of traditional Chinese Dragon Dance to our repertoire. Quite often we get bookings for dragon dance when our clients actually mean lion dance. To explain the difference, a lion has four legs and therefore require 2 persons under a lion costume (a head and a tail). On the other hand our new dragon is a 9-person dragon and it chases a pearl during a performance, so a total of 10 persons is required for the dragon alone. Dragon music is more involved than lion music. It is based on traditional Chinese Opera music and requires a total of 5 musicians, each playing a different instrument (drum, big gong, small gong, big cymbals and little cymbals). We ran 4 intensive workshops over the ANZAC weekend with instructors from Singapore and Malaysia. We are still not quite ready to perform cohesively yet, but we hope to be ready in a few months time! So watch this space!

A short video of our Dragon training weekend can be seen here.

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Last weekend we travelled to Clayton Community Centre for a Chinese Seniors event at the Centre. Our lion performed outside the Centre and ended the performance with a string of Chinese firecrackers. A big thanks to Colin for booking us for this event!

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We had an unusual request to perform at Kingsway Seafood Restaurant in Glen Waverley for a baby's one month celebration. With a bit of research we decided to perform a special Baby Girl 'Cheng' which involves having a fruit which represents a 'Pearl', lollies to represent 'Sweetness', lettuce leaves to represent the 'Sea', and mandarins for 'Luck'. It was too crowded in the restaurant for us to get a photo of the finished platter. We wonder how long before we get to perform for a Baby Boy?

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Our lions were there at the opening of the second South Melbourne Market Dim Sims outlet in Elizabeth Street on the weekend. The original shop at South Melbourne Market was started by Ken Cheng in 1949. The second shop marks a new era for the family business now run by Ken's sons - Phillip and Edward. We are very lucky to have witnessed this historic event and we wish the family every success for the future. Needless to say, our team enjoyed the dim sims after our performance! Thank you Phillip and Edward! A Youtube link to our performance can be found HERE.

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Our wedding lions were out again the next day for Vanessa and Ken's wedding on the Victoria Star. As the guests arrived to board the boat, our lions performed on Central Pier with the Bride and Groom on board. At the end of the performance we lit a string of firecrackers to celebrate the event. Congratulations to Vanessa and Ken and thank you for having us celebrate your special day with you. The video of our performance can be found HERE.

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We performed at Michelle and James' wedding at the Yarra Ranges Estate in Monbulk on Friday 5th April. After picking up all our members from the city, it took just over an hour to drive to Monbulk on a lovely Autumn day. When we arrived, some guests were playing lawn games outside the venue whilst the Tea Ceremony was in progress. When all the guests were outside, we performed on the lawn at sunset. Thank you to Michelle and James for inviting us to be part of their wedding celebrations! Congratulations and all the best! Youtube link to the the perfomance can be found HERE.

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Ivy Blue Hair and Beauty

This is officially our first shop blessing in Footscray, finally! We were invited by Ivy Blue Hair and Beauty Studio to lion dance at the opening. There was a handful of spectators when we got to Nicholson Street, but by the time we started drumming, a lot more stopped by to watch. Thank you to Daniel for booking us! 
Our youtube link to our performance is up.
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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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