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

Broadmeadows Shopping CentreHong De Lion was at the Broadmeadows Shopping Centre on the weekend for the Global Food and Dance Festival. Our lion dance was the first of many multicultural dances for the day, watched by many curious shoppers.

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We were invited to perform at a Harmony Day Cultural Dance event on the weekend in Footscray Mall.  We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant nearby before performing in front of a small crowd. By the time we were finished with our performance, the crowd had doubled and we drew the most crowd that day. The event was organised by the Western Young People's Independent Network. A Thank You letter from WYPIN has been posted on our Testimonial page.

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Victoria HarbourWe were proud to be invited to performed at the Dragon Boat Regatta on the weekend. Our lions performed in front of invited guests and participants in the Regatta. The event took place at Victoria Harbour, Docklands on Sunday 21st March.  Thank you to Jenny and Jonathan Mayne from Dragon Boat Victoria for purchasing our auction item at the Chinese New Year Charity Ball.
A 'Thank You' letter from DBV can be found on our Testimonials page.

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Moonee Ponds CentralHong De Lions were at Moonee Ponds Central on the weekend to celebrate the second anniversary of the shopping centre. Our lions roved through the three shopping malls and surprised shoppers in the shopping centre. We would like to thank the Mirvac Corporation for booking us and Mr Danny Doon for referring us.

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Look! I'm just as tall as you!At the Kids ZoneAnother beautiful and sunny day in the All Nations Park in Northcote on Sunday 14th March. The Hong De Lion performed at the Darebin Kite Festival in a parade followed by a performance in the Kids Area. The lion joined the Red Brigade, performers from North Eastern Melbourne Chinese Association, China Dolls on stilts and African drummers in a parade around the park. There were lots of kites in the air that day with lots of family groups watching all the entertainment that day. A big thanks to Emily and Katelyn for organising the event.

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All the DTF's before the start of the paradeOn Labour Day, Hong De Lions joined forces with lions from Hung Gar Yau Shu Martial Arts and the Chinese Youth Society under the banner of  "The Australian Lion and Dragon Dance Federation" in the annual Moomba Day parade. Altogether, a total of 13 lions and a dragon formed part of the 'Melbourne is People' section of the parade. It was a good fun day for about 80 participants. Despite a weekend of hail and rain, Melbourne fined up on Monday morning just in time for the parade. Thousands of enthusiatic spectators lined both sides of Swanston Street from Little Bourke Street down to St Kilda Road and the event was televised live by Channel Seven.

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Khuan Yee and Hong De teams in Glen WaverleyThe Hong De Lions were proud to be part of the second Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival in Glen Waverley in 2010. This year, we performed with our brother team from Brisbane, Khuan Yee Lion Dance Association to a bigger crowd than last year! The Hong De Lions opened the day's event with a stage performance in front of the VIP's and sponsors. This was followed by a 'Jong' (stump) performance by Khuan Yee in the middle of Kingsway. Despite the threathening weather, we were able to perform as scheduled, watched by the VIP's and sponsors. During the day, there were a lot more lion dance performances by both teams in Century City Walk as well as in Kingsway. The day ended with a lantern parade at dusk, joined by the FCA Dragons and waist drummers.
 

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Orient Express TravelFMSA ArchitectsMelbourne AirportDuring the two weeks of Chinese New Year celebrations, Hong De Lions performed at a lot of private functions in restaurants and a church, business blessings and also at the Melbourne Airport. Our lion entertained International guests at Melbourne Airport over the three main days of Chinese New Year with 6am starts every day. We would like to thank all of the businesses for booking us over this period (listed in order of bookings): Target Centre Chinatown, MV Anderson, Melbourne International Airport, Orient Express Travel, Paramount Health and Beauty, FMSA Architects, Westpac Doncaster, Centre.com, CFMEU, Famous Pacific Shipping and Church of the Latter Day Saints. We hope you enjoyed our performances!

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Lalor LibraryOn Saturday 20th February, the Hong De Lion was performing shop blessings in May Road and Station Street, Lalor. We lit several strings of firecrackers that day, much to the amusement of locals shopping in the area. The Chinese New Year celebration was organised by the Whittlesea Chinese Association in conjunction with the Lalor Library. Our lion also performed at the Library and at the May Road Senior Citizens Centre as part of cultural entertainment organised by the WCA. A big thanks to Arthur Yong and Albert Yew for organising and advertising the event. See below for more photos from the day...

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Plume HighpointJade Stream, Hoppers Crossing with owners Lily and TonyOwner Ken Tun at Coco Chine, Caroline SpringsLikewise, we had just as many bookings if not more in the Western suburbs than the Eastern suburbs. Some are regular clients and some new clients. The Hong De Lions travelled as far as Geelong during the Chinese New Year period. We would like to thank the following restaurants for booking us this year: Jade Stream (Hoppers Crossing), China Tea (Hoppers Crossing), Plume (Highpoint), Coco Chine (Caroline Springs), Point Cook Town Centre and Coco Chine (Point Cook) and Man Bo Tower (Geelong). Again, several strings of firecrackers (some double) were lit at all our performances.

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China Bar Buffet, BurwoodGinger House, BrightonHong De Lions performed at many restaurants in the Eastern Suburbs during the Chinese New Year period. This year, we were able to finish all our bookings in the East very early so that we could concentrate on the other side of town. We would like to thank the following restaurants for their continual support of our team: Seven Stars (E Bentleigh), Fongs (E Bentleigh), China Bar Buffet (Burwood), Grand Pavilion (Hampton), Ginger House (Brighton) and Humble House (Brighton). We performed at some of these restaurants twice during Chinese New Year, lighting firecrackers at all of them!

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Brighton Grammar School with Headmaster Mr Michael UrwinDuring Chinese New Year the Hong De Lion visited many schools at various locations. As many schools have Mandarin Chinese as a second language, a lot of them celebrated Chinese New Year over the last two weeks. We were invited to perform at the following schools: Alphington Grammar School, Bumble Bee Schoolhouse (daycare centre), Brigthton Grammar School, Elsternwick Primary School and Balwyn North Primary School. Thank you to all the participating schools, we hope you have enjoyed our performances!

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Savoy Ballroom, The Grand HyattThe Hong De Lions were proud to sponsor the Chinese New Year Charity Ball at The Savoy Ballroom in The Grand Hyatt Hotel on Saturday 20th February. Over 400 guests including representatives from the State Government and the City of Melbourne and corporate sponsors were at the Ball. This is the 14th annual Ball organised by the Australian Chinese Events Committee and the proceeds of the Ball will be donated to the Adolescent Health Unit at the Royal Children's Hospital. Over $1800 was raised by the Hong De lions from red packet donations as well as a novel auction item for a lion dance performance. Other entertainment during the night included a performance by Pot Pourri and music from the Fred Cheah Band. Thank you to the ACEC for inviting us to perform at such a prestigious event.

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Crackers at Shark Fin HouseAt QuanjudeThe Hong De Lions were busy before Chinese New Year performing at several businesses and restaurants in Chinatown on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th February. On Friday we performed at Target Centre several times during lunctime and also at Westlake Restaurant. On Saturday night we were at Pacific BBQ, Old Town Kopitiam, Chi Lounge, Old Town Kopitiam Mamak QV, Shark Fin House, Westlake (again) and Quanjude. Several strings of firecrackers were lit off that night including a 12 metre string at Shark Fin House, a highlight of the evening. Our new lion (tenth one) was dotted by Shark Fin Group owner, Jimmy Siu on Saturday night. Thank you to all the restaurants and businesses that booked us that night. We had a blast of a time!
More photos below...

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Box Hill Centro on Chinese New Year EveHong De Lions performed at Box Hill Centro on the Eve of Chinese New Year 2010. We started off with a string of firecrackers at the Prospect Street end of Centro and roved in the shopping centre with two lions. Before we proceeded in the second shopping centre, we performed outside in the Main Street area with another string of firecrackers watched by a huge crowd. More photos can be seen by clicking below.

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Main Performance for Whittlesea Chinese AssociationWestpac, Epping PlazaWe celebrated our very first Chinese New Year performance at Epping Plaza today. The Hong De Lion roved the plaza and performed shop blessings at Spa Beautique, All for U, Quality Pharmacy, Epping Plaza Hotel, Westpac bank, PC Australia, Four Seasons Nail, Chiku-En and Donut King. Afterwards, we performed again for the Whittlesea Chinese Association. Thank you to all the organisers (especially Arthur Yong) and participants in the first Chinese New celebrations in Epping Plaza.

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