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

A mid-week lion dance performance at the re-opening of the Westpac branch at QV was well attended by over 100 guests. There was very little room for our lion to perform. A string of firecrackers were lit at the conclusion of the performance to declare the branch opened. Thank you to the branch manager, Judy Tran for booking us! Congratulations!
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 We had a blast on the weekend performing again at Crown Palladium. This is our fourth performance at Crown this year! It was great to see the Palladium covered with hanging lanterns and lots of beautiful Singapore orchids as table decorations. Three lions performed as the opening act for the KPMG annual ball attended by over 700 guests. Thank you to Marcus from By Design for booking us and organising meals for our members!

Link to Snappy Pics for photos with our lions.

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Another first for Hong De - a performance on a football oval! We were invited by The Werribee Football Club to perform during half-time for their Multicultural Day match against Western Bulldogs. We had a shortened training session and everyone hopped into three cars and off we went. The weather was not too great on the day but fined up when we were about to perform. Even though we were cold, the sun was out and the African dancers before us (bare-chested) did not complained about the weather! Thank you Chris for inviting us to perform at Avalon Oval!

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 Our lions performed at Van and Chris' wedding at Quat Quatta in Ripponlea on the weekend. We would like to thank Van and Chris for booking us and having us bless you on your wedding day.

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We had a blast performing at Etihad Stadium on the weekend for the AFL Diversity Multicultural Round. Our lion roved around the Stadium as fans arrived for the match between Western Bulldogs and Essendon. There were food stalls and various other multicultural acts. Thank you to the Western Bulldogs for booking us and also getting tickets for us to watch the match afterwards. It was a perfect ending for the weekend!

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 Our lions performed at the Crown Palladium Ballroom last Saturday night in front of 1500 guests for the Young Members Ball for Victorian Racing Club. We were also ask for a photo shoot at Flemington Racecourse the day before and the photo appeared in the Confidential section of the Herald Sun on Saturday. That night, we performed a most beautiful setting with white lanterns and blue lights. Our white and silver lions glowed under the lights. We would like to thank VRC for having us celebrate the Year of the Horse this year!

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Drakelyn and Anthony 8Jun2014Celine and John - 14Jun2014 It's getting colder in Melbourne now and that means a low season for weddings. We managed to perform at two weddings in the month of June on Sunday 8th for Anthony and Drakelyn at Crown River Room. On the following Saturday, we lit one string of firecrackers at the groom's parents' house for John and his bride Celine, followed by a lion dance performance at their reception that night at Rise in Docklandsd. Congratulations to both couples and we wish you all the best for the future! Thank you for inviting us to be part of your celebrations!

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We had two birthday celebrations over a week ago. One was for a 70th birthday celebration in Sunshine. Our two lions were a surprise for guests at the party. Afterwards, we enjoyed the great feast afterwards! A few days later, we were performing on a backyard tennis court in Brighton for a 30th birthday celebration - another first for Hong De!

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A late booking for a photographer/friend's brother shop opening.We were in Queen Street, Nunawading over a week ago for an opening of a new automotive garage. The video of our performance can be found here. Thank you Grace and Gabriel for inviting us to be part of your celebrations!

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 We hosted a lion dance workshop for Ging Mo Academy from Perth on the weekend. Sifu Gawain Siu and his senior instructors were here in Melbourne for a Wushu competition and spent Saturday training with us. We met Sifu Gawain in Genting in 2008 and have kept in touch ever since. We spent the day training and in exchange the Ging Mo team showed us their Wushu competition routines. Both teams benefitted from the exchange. We wish them well in the Wushu competition. We would like to thank Sifu Gawain for the Acknowledgement Certificate for our Commitment, Generosity and Dedication to promoting Chinese Lion and Dragon Dancing in Australia. We hope to see them again in the near future. Thank you for visiting our Clubhouse.

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 We had a very busy weekend with four performances over two days. After two shop openings on Friday, we had two weddings to attend on Saturday. The first one was for Linda and Brad at Manningham Receptions in Doncaster. We performed for the guests before the bridal party entered the room. The groom entered the room with a rickshaw carrying his bride. We finished off our performance afterwards. Then, we had to go to the city for our next performance at Crown for Nadia and Rere. Unfortunately, we did not take a photo at this reception. Thank you to both couples for inviting us to be part of your wedding celebrations. Wishing you all a very happy future together!

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 The Emporium in Melbourne finally opened just before Easter after years of being closed for construction. The new shopping complex now links Melbourne Central through to Myer and David Jones on several levels. We were pleased to be invited to the opening of the fourth South Melbourne Market Dim Sims shop, run by brothers Philip and Edward Cheng. The shop is located on L3 in the food court area. A video of our performance can be seen here. Thank you Phil and Edward for inviting us again and we wish you every success in your business venture!

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 It was ANZAC day in Australia yesterday and a few shops took this opportunity to celebrate their openings. The first one we performed at was in Box Hill Centro for a hair salon, located near Big W. Congratulations and we wish them every success!

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On the weekend we were invited to perform at Virginia and Tim's wedding. The wedding took place in the library of the Fitzroy Town Hall and our lion (which was a surprise for the guests) lead the couple outside to the steps of the Town Hall. As the guests gathered around outside, the lion performed on the steps. It was certainly a spectacular backdrop and we took some great photos! Thank you Virginia and Tim for inviting us to be part of your celebration!

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Festival in Sale

Festival in SaleOn the weekend, we travelled to Sale (about 2.5 hours from Melbourne) for the very first Face of Australia Festival. It was a Food, Wine and Music Festival with entertainment and food stalls for the entire day. We were very lucky that the weather was good enough for us to perform outside delighting many of the locals who attended, some of them have never seen a lion dance before! Thank you to Denise from Handen Special Events for organising the Festival and inviting us to perform! 
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 Last week was Multicultural Diversity Week in Melbourne. We had so many requests from schools that we couldn't accept! Fortunately we were able to perform last Thursday night at the Melton Library for their Cultural evening. There were food, dances, singing and of course a lion dance to finish off the evening. Thank you Anne McLennan for organising the activity and it was well attended!

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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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