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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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Chinese New Year GreetingsMr Kevin Rudd!!Hong De Lion was proud to be involved again in the third CNY Lantern Festival in Glen Waverley. The Festival attracted an estimated crowd of 35,000 people. Some highlights of the day include our special VIP guest, former Prime Minister and now Foreign Affair Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd. Programmed festivities for the day were slightly delayed to allow time for Mr Rudd to get to Glen Waverley from Melbourne Airport. His arrival in Kingsway was well received by the crowd present. Also delighted were our guest performers from Queensland (Khuan Yee Lion Dance Association) and Indonesia (Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Association). Khuan Yee performed two double-lion performances on 'jong's or 'poles' as well as combined performances with Hong De. Shops along Kingsway were all visited by at least two lions with a huge crowd following us. We would like to thank Mr Vincent Chow, Ms Jan Holder, Mr Rod Stoller, Mr Lachie Stoller and Ms Carmen Chau from the Monash Chinese Events Organising Committee for all their work involved in making the Festival a huge success! Thank you also to members of Khuan Yee, Hong De and KSK for your participation in this event! See you again next year!!
Youtube link to performances.

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Lions at the Central Equity displayThe Chinese New Year Charity Ball, presented by the Australian Chinese Events Committee Inc. was held at the Palladium Ballroom in the Crown Entertainment Complex on Saturday 12th February. The entertainment of the night opened with a 6-lion performance by 3 lions from Hong De Lion, 2 lions from Khuan Yee Lion Dance (QLD) and 1 lion from Kun Seng Keng (Indonesia). The red packets collected from over 400 guests at the Black Tie Gala event were donated to Very Special Kids. A total of $765 was collected from all the tables. Later during the night, Hong De donated an auction item (lion dance performance) and this was hotly bidded for by three bidders. At the end the winning bidder paid $888 for the item. We were very pleased to have donated a total of $1653 to Very Special Kids. Thank you to all the members from Hong De, KSK and Khuan Yee who volunteered for the performance.

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Humble House, BrightonBarry Plant Function - CEO Mr Mike McCarthy and Shiona PearsonCNY House blessing in BrightonHong De Lions were at several locations during the last three weeks of Chinese New Year, bringing traditional Chinese cultural celebrations to people out in suburbia. We were at several restaurants from Eastern Palace in Rowville to Seven Stars and Fongs in East Bentleigh to Humble House in Brighton to China Tea, Coco Chine and Cyclo de Saigon in Point Cook and to Coco Chine in Caroline Springs. We also performed at several hotels - Seasons Heritage and Seasons Botanic Gardens in St Kilda, Langham Hotel in Southbank and Westwaters Hotel in Caroline Springs. This year we also performed at several CNY house blessings in Essendon, East Hawthorn and Brighton. Our business bookings also came from Synnex in South Oakleigh, Barry Plant in Doncaster, Australian Tax Office in Box Hill, Orient Express Travel in Melbourne and Famous Pacific Shipping in Keilor. Over three mornings during CNY, our lion was entertaining International arrivals and departures at Melbourne Airport. It was great to put a smile on everyone's faces when they saw our lion! Our last performance during the CNY period was a street parade in Barkly Street, Ararat. Again it was worth the two hour trip there as the locals have never seen firecrackers before, let alone a lion!

Thank you to all the businesses who have supported us again this year, some have already confirmed bookings for next year already!!

Youtube vdo clip of Box Hill ATO performance

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Camberwell Grammar SchoolHong De Lions visited several schools during the Chinese New Year (CNY) period. Our first booking was at St Margaret's in Berwick on Friday 4th February. Due to rain that day, we performed inside the school Hall to Senior as well Junior school children. After the second performance, we let some of the kids experience what it is like under the lions. We had two massive queues! We think some of them re-joined the queue when they came out of the lion! During the second week of CNY, our lion went to Monash College to perform for all the International students. The performance was in the courtyard outside the College in front of lot of students and the director of the College, Faye Lambert. During the last week of CNY, our lion performed at Serpell Street Primary School, Camberwell Grammar School and also at Balwyn North Primary School. We arrived at Serpell Street PS to a massive reception of 950 kids with only one packet of lollies! We made up for the shortfall by giving away fridge magnets as prizes for correct answers in a Q and A about CNY and lion dancing.

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Chinese New Year celebrations at Fed SquareLions on Main StageOn Sunday 6th February, the Hong De Lions performed on the main stage at Fed Square with three lions. Afterwards, the lions visited most of the tenants at Fed Square and gave traditional Chinese New Year greetings to all the shop owners and managers. We had a small entourage following us to all the shops and took lots of beautiful photos that day. Some Youtube VDO clips of our performances can be found below. Thank you to Julie for engaging us in the first place, Joy for following up the event, Roland for all the OH and S paperwork and Kate for organising all the tenants that day. An almighty effort to all for a successful event!

VDO clip by HongDeLion
VDO clip by Garry Maguire of his Masters project (Thanks Garry for sharing)

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Melbourne Central on Chinese New Year Day 3/2/2011On Chinese New Year Day, shoppers at Melbourne Central were greeted by our lions and the loud sound of drum and cymbals under the Shot Tower. We performed twice in the afternoon with lots of onlookers and some staying for both performances. The event was publicised in the MX newspaper the day before. Thank you to Will Mason for organising the event.

Youtube vdo by HongDeLion

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The One JewelleryKum DenJalan AlorA Happy Lunar New Year to everyone! Hong De Lions have been busy visiting quite a few restaurants, businesses, schools, etc over the Chinese New Year period. A majority of our performances have concentrated on restaurants in Melbourne. On New Year's Eve, we visited Kum Den, New Kum Den, Quanjude and Westlake restaurants. On New Year's Day we visited Melbourne Market at 5am, Orient Express Travel, Paramount Health and Spa, The One Jewellery, Old Town Kopitiam, New Kum Den, Kopitiam Mamak, Jalan Alor, Charming Spice, Melbourne Central, Flavour Town Hot Pot, Room 8, Passionflower and Golden Monkey. On the other days we were also at Double Happiness Winebar, Lily Blacks, Shoya, Shark Fin House, Lily Blacks, East Imperial and Lion Dance Restaurant in Williamstown. Thank you to all the businesses who have supported us. We wish you all the best in the Year of the Rabbit!!

VDO's of our performances can be found on our Gallery page.

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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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