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

The Hong De Lion was at the Footscray Park Campus of Victoria University for Multicultural Week.  The Lion dance marked the start of Multicultural activities at the University organised by the International Students Association.  The lunchtime activities starts today, continues with a food festival tomorrow ending with a concert on Thursday night in Building M.  This is our second performance this year on the same campus, it was great to see some familiar faces in the crowd again!  Thanks Toaha for organising the event!

 

Last Wednesday, our Olympic heroes were welcomed by a crowd of about 5000 along Swanston Street.  There were 100 Beijing athletes and 51 medallists.  The Hong De lions were at the start, leading the parade.  A few members of the Hong De Lion Dance Association performed a year ago at the Melbourne launch of 'One Year to Go' and this year's launch of  '100 days to go' to the Beijing Olympics.  Some even travelled to Canberra to perform at the Olympics Torch Relay this year.  So it was good to be present for the last of the official Olympics event to welcome back a very sucessful Australian Olympics Team. 
Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!

 

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Hong De Lions were present today to help open the new Coco Chine restaurant at the Point Cook Town Centre.  The noise of the performance gathered a crowd of on-lookers at the newly opened Centre.  The lions blessed the restaurant and performed for specially invited guests inside the restaurant.  The performance ended with a string of Chinese firecrackers, much to the delight of the on-lookers.  Our next performance at the restaurant will be next Chinese New Year, so looking forward to it!  Congratulations Ken, on the opening of the new restaurant!

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 Hong De Lion dance performers were at Melbourne University on 2nd September to perform for the Festivals of Nations, organised by the Melbourne University Overseas Students Service.  The Festivals of Nations was opened by a lion dance performing the 'seven stars around the moon' cheng.  The seven stars were represented by mandarins and a lettuce took the central position as the moon.  The lion delighted invited guests and a big crowd of on-lookers by throwing the lucky mandarins to them.  Thank you to Sebrina for organising the very sucessful event.

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On the red carpet in Melbourne CentralHong De lions were at Melbourne Central tonight for the Melbourne premiere of Mummy 3 - Tomb of the the Dragon Emperor, starring Brendan Fraser, Luke Ford, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.  Two of the stars (Brendan Fraser and Luke Ford) were present tonight at the red carpet event at Hoyts Cinemas, Melbourne Central.  The lions greeted Brendan and Luke and escorted them into Cinema One.

Link to Village Cinemas website with a clip of the night's events.

Link to our vdo clip of the lion dance performances that night.

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Sifu and Simu with all the lion dance students from 1982 to 2008There were over 60 guests celebrating Deng Chi Tang Sifu's birthday yesterday at Westlake restaurant.  Special guests include Ron Lim, Master Tang Lai Wei (Tai Chi For Life), Sifu's son Calvin Deng who flew back from Macau for the occasion and lion dance students.  Special mention for all the students from the 80's who turned up for the event and especially to those who are still actively involved in lion dancing.  We also celebrated Sifu's 26th year in Melbourne, he has been a familiar face at all the Chinese New Year Festivals in Chinatown since 1983. 

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The Hong De Lion Dancers performed on two occasions at Monash University, Clayton Campus during Open Day Week.  The first performance was on Thursday 31st July at night and the second on Sunday 3rd August during the day.  The night performance ended with the sound of firecrackers and the day performance started with a Hoksan drum routine.  We performed using out new lions and drum on both days.  Thank you to the Monash Students Association for organising the event (Wendy, E-Thing and May).

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The Hong De Lion Dance Association performed at Victoria University, Nicholson Campus on Wednesday 23rd July as part of Multicultural Fesitivities during lunchtime.  The lion performed in the cafeteria for the students.  Thank you to Jenny Cleary for organising the event.

 

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Members of the Hong De Lion Dance Association joined over 1500 guests at the Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association Anniversary Dinner in Sungei Way, KL.  Most guests travelled by coach immediately after the closing ceremony at Genting to attend the dinner.  Due to our late arrival, we missed the 5-drum routine, but were in time to watch Loong Sing's dragon performance and Khuan Loke's 2 lion performance on jongs.  Congratulations on your birthday celebrations - Khuan Loke!  Thank you for looking after us in KL!

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After three days of competition with participating teams from several countries, the Eastern Lion King was awarded to Kun Seng Keng Team D from Muar, Johor, Malaysia and the Western Lion King to Leung's White Crane from San Francisco, USA. 
Final results are as follows:KSK Team D

  1. Kun Seng Keng D (MAL) - 9.34
  2. Kun Seng Keng E  (MAL) - 9.16
  3. Nam Sieng (SIN) - 9.13
  4. Gor Chor (MAL) - (9.23) 9.13
  5. White Crane (USA) - 9.06
  6. Dragon Phoenix (IND) - 9.04
  7. Zhongsan (CHN) - (9.01) 6.71
  8. Wei Yong (SIN) - (8.93) 6.63
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A total of 14 teams competed at the Arena of Stars in Genting today for the 8th World Lion Dance Championships.  Results are as follows for Day 2 of the Competition....

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A total of 14 teams competed at the Arena of Stars in Genting today for the 8th World Lion Dance Championships.  Results are as follows for Day 1 of the Competition....

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Team list for the event is now finalised.  Preliminary rounds will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th July at the Genting Highlands, KL, Malaysia.  The Australian teams competing will be Khuan Yee Lion Dance from Brisbane and a combined team (Chinese Youth League and Jin Wu Koon) from Sydney.  For the first time at this Championship, the 'jong' setup will be in a standard formation, in a cross pattern.  Teams are have the flexibility to elect which side they wish to perform on, the only condition (apart from time limitations) is that they have to reach the centre of the cross.

We wish all the Aussie teams well in the competition.  The final for the event will be held on Sunday 20th July.  Scores from the event will be posted on our website.

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Members of the Hong De Lion Dance Association in collaboration with the Chinese Masonic Society performed in Melbourne Chinatown to raise money for earthquake relief in Sichuan, China.  We raised more than $20,000 from restaurants and tin collections on the day.  The money will be presented to the Chinese Consulate this week.  A big thanks to all the members who volunteered their services for the day!

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The Hong De Lion Dance Association performed its inaugural performance on Wednesday 14th May at the opening of Cathay Pacific's new office in Queen Street.  The lion performed a traditional pineapple 'cheng' with lucky oranges.

Three members from the Hong De Lion Dance Association spent a weekend with the Khuan Yee Lion Dance team in Queensland.  We were lucky to not only train with them but also watched a 'jong' performance for the Buddha birthday celebrations at the Suncorp Piazza in Southbank, Brisbane.

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