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

 Hong De Lion Dance is very excited to be invited to the Resorts World Sentosa International Lion Dance Championship on the 28th and 29th October. The Championship is an invitational event with 12 participating teams from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and of course Australia. Please find event details on link below. Our team has been very busy preparing for the competition and will arrive a few days before the event for training in Singapore. This is a unique opportunity for our members to be able to participate in such a prestigious event. We wish our team the very best of luck for the event!! Live scores will be broadcasted on our fan page on Facebook during the event.

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14 lions at Dallas Brooks CentreHong De Lions were part of the Variety Concert celebrating the Centenary of the Chinese Republican Revolution at Dallas Brooks Centre on Saturday 24th September. It was a long day with rehearsals and two shows at 2pm and 7pm. Both shows were well attended and all the acts were all very entertaining. Our lions were involved in a massed lion dance performance at the start of the shows with 14 lions from Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne and Hung Gar Yau Shu.

Please find our Youtube link for the 2pm performance with 14 lions.

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Andrew and AhnOur Double Happiness lions performed last weekend at the wedding reception for Andrew and Anh. This is our first performance in Peninsula C, we have performed next door at Maia in the past. There were over 360 guests at the reception and our lion dance was the first entertainment act. Our show started off with the firing of two strings of firecrackers outside the venue. Our Buddha led the two Double Happiness lions into the venue. The lions gave two Chinese wedding bears to the couple at the conclusion of the performance. Congratulations to both Andrew and Anh and thank you for letting us share your night with you. Also thank you to Lizette from Atlantic Group and Peter and staff from Crystal Palace Catering for all the background work involved with the event. A big thanks to all our members for a brilliant performance and staying back to help clean up!

A video of our performance has been uploaded to Youtube.

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Merdeka at ZincWe were invited to perform again at the Merdeka Day function on Wednesday 31st August. This year, it was held at Zinc restaurant at Federation Square with over 100 guests of the Australian Malaysian Business Council in attendance. The VIP’s were the president of the Victorian chapter, Mr Mike Anderson, Councillor Ken Ong from the City of Melbourne and a representative from the Malaysian Consulate. Thank you to James Liew (Key Passion) and Aik Sern Lee (AMBC) for organising the event.

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AK8 BilliardsHong De Lion was at the opening of the AK8 Billiards Lounge in Therry Street in the city today. We started the performance with the lighting of a string of firecrackers outside before proceeding inside. The crackers added to the foggy day by adding smoky effects to the inside of the lounge afterwards! Our lion blessed all the rooms before 'Chai Qing'. We would like to thank Kevin Xu for booking us and wishing him every success!

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 Chinese Culture Day at Melbourne Town HallHong De Lion Dance performed yesterday at the Melbourne Town Hall in front of over 1000 LOTE (Languages Other Than English) Year 9 and 10 students. The Chinese Culture Day was an annual event, organised by the Chinese Language Teachers of Victoria. Present at the event were representatives from the Chinese Consulate, Mr Shi Wei Qiang, the Consul General and Mr Huang Feng Wen, the Vice Consul General. We would like to thank Mr Wei Ha (Camberwell Grammar School) and Mr James Wu (Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School) for organising the event and booking us.

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Bracefree Grand OpeningAnother first for Hong De Lion! Our lions performed at an opening of a dental surgery on the weekend. Bracefree Orthodontics and Implant Centre can be found on Springvale Road in Nunawading. The event was opened by four VIP's including Ms Gladys Liu (representative of the Victorian State Parliament). After speeches and the cutting of the ribbon, our lions blessed the outside signage and doorway before entering the reception area. A platter was presented to the owners of Bracefree before the lions dropped two scrolls for the business blessings. Thank you to Carrie for recommending us and Alice for booking us.

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Dandenong MarketHong De Lion was there to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Dandenong Market. After a speech by the Mayor of the City of Dandenong, Roz Blades, a plaque was unveilled. Our musicians attracted a big crowd before our lion performed. The crowd reaction was fantastic, cheering our performers on. Thank you to Eddie James from James Leigh Entertainment Promotions for being such a great MC that day! After our performance, our lion also roved through the market. There were lots of activities that day including Bollywood dancers, drummers, roving musicians and artists.
We were so happy with the performance, we decided to share it on Youtube!

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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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