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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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Auburn South PS - Principal and Local MPHong De Lion performed at the opening of the new school building at the Auburn South Primary School in East Hawthorn. The new building houses the Library, Art Room and classrooms. Our lion performed in front of the school during assembly this morning. Afterwards, we conducted a lion dance workshop for the Year 5 students. At the end of the session, some of the students were able to perform a short lion dance routine with students on cymbals. Well done! Thank you to Ms Xu for organising both events today.

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Chisholm DandenongHong De Lion was at Chisholm TAFE in Dandenong today to help celebrate Multicultural Day. Our lion dance was the first act during lunchtime at Chisholm. Due to rain, the event was held inside Building W (it was warm and cosy inside). Thank you to Andrew and Monica for organising the event. Thank you also to the members who braved the wet and cold conditions today to go to Dandenong!

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Viva Festival in AraratOn Sunday morning, at the crack of dawn the Hong De minibus picked up sleepy Hong De members for a trip to Ararat. Our trip began from Box Hill - Surrey Hills - Prahran - Maidstone - Keilor East - Delahey.  After picking all our 12 passengers, Captain Colin and Co-Pilot Cecilia were ready to head off to Ararat, but not after a safety announcement from our Captain (we think Colin is having withdrawals from not being an airline pilot, but we are glad he is back after being away for nearly 3 years). We had a nice Macca's breakfast before our 2.5 hour trip. The weather was sunny and rainy on the way there, but skies were clear when we got to our destination. We were greeted by a few familiar faces, including Heather Ahpee from Ararat Gum San Heritage and also representatives from the Chinese Consulate - Consul General Mr Shi Weiqiang and Deputy Chen Di. Our lion dance opened the activities for the Viva Multicultural Festival. Our loud music and lion dance gathered a crowd for the Festival. Afterwards we roamed around the multicultural stalls entertaining the crowd. As we headed back to Melbourne, it started to rain again, so we were very lucky with the weather. Photos from the Festival were taken by RMIT student Ngoc Le who is doing an photographic assignment with our team.

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Hong De Lion Dance is proud to be involved in our second Night Market performance at Melbourne University on Thursday 7th April. The weather was perfect and our performance gathered quite a crowd. Our lion escorted VIP's (Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors) from the Union Building to the stage. Thank you to Melbourne University Overseas Students Service for organising it and Yu Kai Liang for photographing the event.

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Confederation of Sar Ping Lion Dance

On Friday 18th March, over 20 Sar Ping teams and representatives were at a dinner held at the Armada Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The overseas teams represented included Melbourne Hong De (Cecilia Hsieh), Indonesia Kun Seng Keng (Denny Kurniawan), Indonesia Hong De (Ah Fook) and Singapore Wei Yun (Joseph Low). The local teams included Khuan Loke, Subang Hong Teck, Selayang Hong Teck, Kedah Hong Teck, Kun Seng Keng, Penang Nan Bei and many others. VIP's attending the dinner included Sigung Robin Chan from Singapore, Master Siow Ho Phiew and Mr Liang Li Tang (President of the Malaysian Lion Dance Federation). The Confederation of Sar Ping Lion Dance now boasts a membership of 56 teams from all around the world. There are two Sar Ping teams in Australia (Khuan Yee and Hong De). It was great to meet all the Sar Ping teams in the one room! The highlights of the night were Sigung singing and the durian feast with Sigung after the dinner!!

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DBV - Jenny Mayne, Trevor Huggard and David WongHong De lions were at Victoria Harbour yesterday for the Melbourne International Dragon Boat Festival. We performed during a break in between heats in the morning and afternoon. The heats in the morning involved several teams from Victoria. There was a touching tribute to Breast Cancer victims by 4 Dragons Abreast teams before our performance. The four boats linked together and threw rose petals into the water. We were very happy to be invited back again by Dragon Boats Victoria to perform at this Festival. We had a lovely but very windy day! Big thanks to Jenny and David for getting us to perform yesterday.

We would like to acknowledge this performance as a last performance by Colin Liew (drummer) as he prepares to return to Malaysia permanently next week. We would like to thank him for his coaching and support of our team since we started in 2008. He will be sadly missed by us all! Good luck for the future and we will see him again when we visit KL!

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Nick and Abi with our wedding lions Our wedding lions performed for the first time this year at Abi and Nick's wedding in Murrumbeena. Our lions had fun entertaining over 100 guests at the reception. The bride had booked this wedding performance over a year ago! We hope they enjoyed our performance. Congratulations and best wishes to Abi and Nick!
 

Youtube link to the performance.

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Craigieburn Festival 2011On Sunday 27th February, we went to Craigieburn on a wet morning (the Melbourne weather forecast did predict that the rain will clear by midday) to attend the Craigieburn Festival. It was drizzling when we arrived but the show must go on. We sheltered in the performer's tent behind the main stage. All performances on stage were all going well and on time. At 12pm our lion performed in front of a small crowd, huddled under umbrellas. The second part of our performance involved a combined dance with Bollywood Beats. We peformed to 'Jai Ho' and this is only the second time we have performed since our wedding performance together in October last year. Thank you to Nildhara for the choreography and Adi and Alisha for persuading us to perform this combined dance again!

A short VDO clip of our performance.

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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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