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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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We opened Chinese New Year festivities at the Lalor library yesterday with a traditional lion dance, our lion performed outside the library to a small crowd and finished the performance with the lighting of a string of firecrackers. There were other activities planned in the afternoon including singing and Chinese cooking demonstrations. Thank you to Karen from Lalor library for organising yesterday's events. See you again next year!

 

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 Media Launch in Glen WaverleyOn Friday 28th January, Hong De lions were at Glen Waverley for the media launch of the Glen Waverley Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival which will be held on Sunday 13th February. This year's festival will feature lion dance performances by Hong De Lion Dance as well as Khuan Yee Lion Dance Association from Queensland. Khuan Yee will be performing the third year at Glen Waverley with jongs (poles) performances at 12pm and 6pm. We welcome members of the Indonesian Kun Seng Keng joining us in our first performance together. Well done!

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 Hong De Lion will not be taking any more bookings on Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year Day One. Thank you to all our clients who have booked. We also welcome bookings from new restaurants and businesses. In the next few weeks, we will be planning for some exciting performances over our performing season. Our last training session will be on Sunday 29th January.  If you wished to be entertained by the antics of our lions, please book yourself at one of the restaurants where we will be performing. All confirmed bookings can be found on our website.  

Bring on the Year of the Rabbit!!

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Blessings for the new owners, Mr and Mrs La Hong De Lion was delighted in celebrating the opening of a new business in Moonee Ponds. The owners are parents of one of our members. Golden Chef is a new venture with a function room for private parties and a cooking school specialising in Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Judging by the varieties of food during the Opening, the cooking school will be well worth a visit. Congratulations to the La family!

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Hong De Lion Dance Association would like to wish all its members, clients and other lion dance teams a very Merry Christmas!
Have a safe Festive Season!

Our training sessions are finished for the year and will resume on Sunday 9th January at 10am. It's not too late to join us if you wish to participate in all the festivities during Chinese New Year. All confirmed bookings can be found on our Calendar. See you all in the New Year!

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Today our lion was entertaining shoppers at the newly re-opened Forest Hill Chase on Level 3. Several shops opened for the first time today including Rebel Sport and JB Hi Fi. A lot of entertainers were there this afternoon, right up until 10pm tonight! Our lion roved Level 3 twice in the afternoon, the lion delighted children by showering them with 'Lucky Packet' lollies. There were also quite a few shops on the other levels with limited discounted sales, pity we didn't have time to shop!! Thank you to Troy and Jess from Entertainment Store for booking us!

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On Saturday 11th December, the Hong De's Double Double Happiness Lions performed for Suzanne and Mick's wedding at the Regal Ballroom in Northcote. The lions were accompanied by a female Buddha, and 4 musicians. The lions presented the bride and groom with a Double Happiness ribbon to cut and a pair of Chinese wedding Pandas. Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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Lions at the Melbourne Convention CentreOn Saturday 4th December, Hong De Lions performed again at the Melbourne Convention Centre. This is our third performance with ID Events and Event Theatre Australia this year. We performed for over 750 guests at the SMS Christmas function. The Banquet Hall was again beautifully decorated by ID Events. Four lions lined the entrance into the room and inside, the room was decorated with lanterns, Chinese banners and Chinese lanterns as centrepieces on all the tables. As usual, we performed with four lions choreographed to 7 minutes as specified. Thank you to all the members who participated and a big thanks to Sarah from Event Theatre Australia and ID Events for booking us again. We did not take any photos of our performance, all the photos were taken during rehearsal.

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Melbourne Eid FestivalAfter training on Sunday, our lions performed in Broadmeadows Valley Park for the Melbourne Eid Festival. This Festival which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, ran over two days on the weekend and we performed on the last day. The organiser have seen us perform earlier in the year and was keen to introduce some multicultural activity to the Eid Festival. This is a first time Hong De has performed for the Eid Festival, but not our first visit to Broadmeadows.Thank you Carla for tracking us down to perform at this huge and sucessful festival!

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William Angliss World of Wonders displayWilliam Angliss World of Wonders ExpoHong De Lion Dance Association helped out with the World of Wonders Expo at William Angliss TAFE last week. We loaned our lion and drum for a display in the China section organised by Jamie Khoo (Sponsorship Co-Ordinator, Signature Services) and Kathy Lang (Expo Co-Ordinator).

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Mohamed Beck, Teacher at Holmesglen TAFEThe performers outside the Cilantro restaurantThe end of the year celebration at Holmesglen TAFE, Moorabbin campus was celebrated with a Chinese theme. Hong De Lion performed in the Cilantro restaurant in front of all the Hospitality staff and students. The room was filled with red and yellow helium balloons which we used as part of the performance. Mandarins were attached to balloons and our lion had fun trying to chase the last balloon stuck to its tail - a very animated performance! Thank you to Mohamed, Luke and Loretta for booking us!

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Myer Christmas paradeThree lion dance teams performed together under the banner of the Australian Lion and Dragon Federation at the annual Myer Christmas parade on the weekend. Our original plan of 8 lions and 10 Buddha's parading was changed that morning due to the weather forecast. So instead, we had a 18 Buddha's in the parade of various sizes and gender! It turned out quite colourful despite the gloomy day. The parade will be televised by Channel Seven on Saturday 4th December at 6:30pm. Thank you to all the participants from Hong De, Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne and Hung Gar Yau Shu for a fun morning.

Youtube link.

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Hong De and Bollywood Beats performers with the bridal coupleA collaboration between Bollywood Beats dancers and Hong De lions resulted in a spectacular fusion of Chinese and Indian cultures for a Chinese bride and an Indian groom on the weekend. Our brief from the wedding couple was that not only did they wanted to show off elements of the two cultures but also combine both cultures together in a performance. For the last month our performers have been learning Bollywood dancing with Nildhara Gadani at both our studio and as well as her studio in Glen Waverley. Our wedding lions kicked off the night by entertaining the guests at the Park Hyatt during pre-dinner drinks. Later in the night, Nildhara performed some solo dances and ended with the combined dance to 'Jai Ho' (theme song from Slum Dog Millionaire) with four of her dancers, three dancers from Hong De as well as our two lions. Thank you to Grace and Bijan for giving us an opportunity to try something unique and fun! Thank you Nildhara for all the dance lessons! Well done to all the performers! Jai Ho!!

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Festival Malaysia 2010Hong De Lion Dance joined a variety of cultural performers at Queensbridge Square for Festival Malaysia in Southbank. The Festival was well attended by crowds in Southbank due to the fine weather today (it was freezing cold last year!). There were a lot of interested onlookers and long queues for all the local delicacies. We performed towards the end of the day and there were still plenty of people watching. This one of many free community performances that we have participated in this year. Thank you to all the members who have volunteered their time today at Festival Malaysia.

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Fitzroy Town HallOn Saturday 18th September, the Junior team from Hong De performed at the Fitzroy Town Hall to celebrate the Full Moon Festival. The event was organised by the Atherton Gardens Community Vietnamese School. This was one of many free performances that we have done for community groups this year. All the performers that day were under the age of 18 (with one exception) - Well done kids!!

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Passionflower Ribbon CuttingOn Friday 10th September, Hong De Lions were at the opening of the new Melbourne Passionflower Ice Cream Cafe in 168 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Councillor Ken Ong was there for the ribbon cutting alongside the four Sydney partners in the business. After the ribbon cutting, our lions blessed the Cafe before performing an auspicious fruit 'cheng' for the occasion. We wish Constance, Michael and the team at Passionflower all the best for the future. A big thanks to Sifu Percy To from Australian Yau Kung Mun for the referral!

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