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

The 10th Genting World Lion Dance was held last weekend in Malaysia. There were a total of 25 participants in this biennial event from USA, Australia, Thailand, Burma, Brunei, Singapore, China, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong and of course Malaysia. The event started with two days of preliminary with the top 9 joining the defending Champion from 2010 (Malaysia Kun Seng Keng) in the Finals on Sunday. Australia was represented by two teams from Sydney - Cheung Keung and Jin Wu Koon. For the Cheung Keung team, Henry and Willis have been there many times before and scored 8.17 on the first day. The Jin Wu Koon team introduced two new competitors Ian and Matty - both have been to Genting before but not under the lion. Due to two falls, they only scored 5.59 (not a bad effort for first timers). For the first time since 1994, the infamous Muar KSK team has been dethroned by another Malaysian team. The 2012 Champion is the Kedah Hong Teik Lion Dance Association (our brother Hong De school). Congratulations to all the participants. More photos and video links can be found on our Facebook fanpage. All the preliminary scores are listed as well.

Kedah Hong Teik lion actionThe finals results:
Champion - Malaysia Kedah Hong Teik (9.27)
1st Runner Up - Malaysia Kun Seng Keng Team D (9.25)
2nd Runner Up - Malaysia Muar Kun Seng Keng (9.22)
4th - Singapore Wei Yong (9.13)
5th - Singapore Kuan San Tang (9.10)
6th - USA San Francisco Leung's White Crane (9.04)
7th - Indonesia Kong Ha Hong (9.03)
8th - Taiwan Chinese Taipei Yongping (8.98)
9th - Macau Hong Vai (8.94)
10th - Singapore Yio Chu Kang (8.93)

Photo credits: Long-Shi and Kedah Hong Teik
 

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 Tracy n SoknayThe Double Happiness lions came out to play at Manor on High in Epping on the weekend. The lions opened the proceedings by leading the couple into the reception and held up a ribbon for the couple to cut. Afterwards, the lions performed for the guests. Thank you to Tracy and Soknay for booking us. Congratulations and we wish you all the best for the future!

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Crown Studio3What a busy weekend we had last weekend! Three performances over two days! We performed for the first time at Crown Studio 3 for a Travel Associates dinner function with a Asian theme of course. We had to arrive early as our lions were going to greet guests. The tables were beautifully decorated with red birdcages and ornamental trees and the backdrop was all lit up with red lights. We prepared inside as guests arrived for pre-dinner drinks outside the venue. When it was time for the guests to enter the venue, our musicians started and the lions were inside the doorway welcoming the guests. Once all the guests were seated, we proceeded to perform on the dance floor, entertaining all the guests.

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Boyd House OpeningThe very next morning, we arrived in Southbank (it was a very cold morning) for the opening of the Boyd House Community Hub. The Boyd House was previously a private Girls School which has now since been converted to a Community Hub with a great library, Playgroup, Maternal welfare and rental areas for artists. The Boyd House was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle and attended by Councillors Ken Ong and Kevin Louey. Our lion performed briefly at the start and later roved at the back of Boyd House.

A video link to ABC News.

More photos below:

 

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Telstra Awards @ Victory RoomLast Friday (6/7) our lions performed for the Telstra Awards Night in the Victory Room at Etihad Stadium. This is our first time performing in this venue. The performance was a surprise for guests so we had to arrive early and hide in a room next door. When it came time to perform, our two lions burst into the room and roved amongst the guests before proceeding to the dance floor for the main performance. Thank you to the team for a great performance!

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Ernest performing for the Today Show for L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion

It is with regret that we bid farewell to one of our Founding Members at Hong De Lion Dance Association. Ernest Tan has been with us since the inception of the Association. He started his lion dance training at Hin Hua High School in Klang under instructors from Khuan Loke Lion Dance Association. He is also a founding member of the Wen Qing Lion Dance Troupe in Klang.

He helped train our team for performances in Melbourne and Sydney. He participated as a music player for Khuan Yee Lion Dance Association at the last World Lion Dance Championship in 2010 in Genting, Malaysia. We will miss him, his torturous training sessions and his great cooking! We wish him well in his new endeavour in Klang, running the family business. We will keep in touch and hope to invite him back to Melbourne for Chinese New Year next year!

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L-R Robin n Cecilia (Hong De), Mr n Mrs Tan (KSK), Silvie n Denny, Mr Ben Fu (KSK), Mrs Siow and Master Siow (Wan Seng Hang), HB Siow (WSH) and Andy ChanHong De Lion has had a great brotherhood relationship with Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance (Muar as well as Indonesia). Our Committee members, Vincent and Cecilia met Denny Kurniawan for the first time in 2008 when we were there for the World Lion Dance Championship in Genting. A strong friendship has since developed with Hong De inviting members of Indonesia KSK to Melbourne to help during Chinese New Year in 2011. When Denny was here last year he mentioned that he was getting married this year and would like us to attend his wedding. The wedding was held on Friday 25th May in the Sands Ballroom, Jakarta. It was attended by Cecilia and Robin from Hong De, Master Siow and Mrs Siow from Wan Seng Hang, Malaysia, Mr and Mrs Tan Hing Choong from Muar KSK, Malaysia and senior representatives of Muar KSK, Singapore KSK, Indonesia KSK and Indonesia Kong Ha Hong. There were over 850 guests at the wedding reception with two lion dance performances by Kong Ha Hong and Indonesia KSK on jongs. Thank you to Denny for your kind hospitality for our short visit to your country. It was great to see some our our friends again from Malaysia as well as Indonesia. Congratulations Denny and Silvie!! We wish you all the best for the future!

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We were contacted in April last year for an Art project to be held for the Next Wave Festival in Melbourne. We were in constant communication with the organisers Abdul Abdullah and Nathan Beard until the launch of the project in Melbourne on 17th May. One of our lions was on display for the duration of the Exhibition in NGV Studio, Federation Square. We were invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the Exhibition on Friday 25th May. The exhibition is of a fictitious Asian Embassy with icons from Asian culture displayed within the Embassy. We were very excited to be part of this exhibition.

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Happy 4th Birtrhday Hong De!!We celebrated our fourth birthday on Saturday 5th May at Golden Chef Cooking in Moonee Ponds. The private function was held at one of our member's family Cooking School/Function Room. It was good to see all our members there in the one place with some of the parents in attendance. We also had a chance to watch the DVD from last year's Sentosa Lion Dance Championship which one of our members brought back from a recent trip to Singapore. We had lots of beautiful food followed by a birthday cake. Thank you to all our members for you support over the last four years, could not have done it all without you! Onto to the future and beyond! Keep up the great work!!

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PappaRich ChadstonePappaRich ChadstoneOn Sunday 6th May, our lion was present at the third PappaRich store to be opened in Australia at the famous Chadstone Shopping Centre. The store is located outside the centre and was very busy like all the other stores. Our lion entertained guests inside the restaurant as well as shoppers gathered outside the restaurant. We apologise for the quality of the photos as they were all taken on the iPhone (left the camera at home that day!) We wish the owners all the best and look forward to the next opening at Point Cook!

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RAAF SaleOn the weekend, a team of 11 headed off to Sale (about 3 hours drive out of Melbourne). We arrived at the Royal Australian Air Force Base in the afternoon. After going through security checks, we were led to the Air Traffic Control School. We were introduced to Commander Peter Cooper who then led us through a tour of the school. We learnt about how courses are conducted at RAAF and what skill sets are most suited to Air Traffic Controllers (left-handers, music players and artists). We were then taken through various areas with simulations of control towers. We were pretty impressed with all the hardware until we were taken into the first of two 360 degree simulation rooms! The installation cost over $9 million! Later that night, we came back to the base to perform at the Officers Mess Ball, with a Chinese theme of course. Our lions posed for photos with all the Officers and their partners beforehand. We would like to thank Mandi Castle for booking us in the first place and Commander Peter Cooper for kindly giving us a very informative tour of some great equipment! We stayed overnight in Sale and did a little bit of sightseeing the next day before heading back to Melbourne. It was so funny that we were asked so many times by the locals what we were doing there. We must have looked out of place!! 

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PappaRich DoncasterPappaRich DoncasterHong De Lion was at the opening of the second PappaRich restaurant in Australia yesterday. The lion dance performance began with the lighting of a string of firecrackers. The lion then performed inside for invited guests and staff. The lion presented the manager of the store with an auspicious 'cheng' to bless the opening of the the new business. Afterwards, our members enjoyed a nice meal inside. Thank you for booking us and we look forward to the opening of the third restaurant in Chadstone on Sunday 6th May!

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 China Bar Signature Opening in ChinatownChina Bar Signature Opening in ChinatownHong De Lions helped with opening celebrations of China Bar Signature Buffet restaurant in Chinatown last Wednesday. When we arrived, there were roving performers handing out discount vouchers to passers by. A small crowd had gathered outside by the time we started performing at 6:30pm. There were invited guests inside the restaurant as it was closed to the public for two hours during the opening.  We performed outside as well as inside the restaurant and ended the performance with a string of firecrackers. After a quick clean-up, a flash mob dance performed where we had just finished. Thank you Isabelle for booking us, we wish the restaurant every success!

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 Fiesta MalaysiaHong De Lion was present again at Fiesta Malaysia, being held for the first time in Argyle Square, Carlton. The event this year was a three day event with the finale performances held on Sunday 25th March. We had a small team there as we also were running a class in Fitzroy at the same time. Thank you to Alia for organising the event.

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Dragon Boat RegattaPappaRich QV OpeningWe had a very busy Labour Day weekend with performances on every day - 4 days in a row! It was almost like Chinese New Year again! We were of course very excited to be involved in the Mimco Dreamwrap launch for L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. We appeared on the Today Show on Channel Nine on Friday morning at 6:30am (Yes, a very early call), a 50th birthday party in Taylors Hill on Saturday night, back to the Docklands on Sunday for the Dragon Boat Regatta and finally on Monday we were at QV for the opening of the first PappaRich restaurant in Melbourne. Now that most of our performances are done, we start training this Sunday (18/3/2012) from 11am to 2pm at Fusion Dance.

Some VDO links to some of the performances:
- Dragon Boat Regatta at Victoria Harbour
- PappaRich Opening at QV

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Peter and Angela at Capri ReceptionsAndrew and Aimee at Aurora ReceptionsIt's been a while since Hong De has travelled to Geelong. We were booked last year to perform at a wedding reception in Geelong. After picking up everyone, we went to Ocean Grove and had dinner with one of our members at their beach house. Afterwards we peformed at the wedding venue in front of about 200 guests. The lions were well received by the guests at the wedding which was good to hear! Thank you and Congratulations to both Peter and Angela!

The following week, we were off to Brunswick for Aimee and Andrew's wedding at Aurora Receptions. We were very well received by the guests as the opening entertainment for the night. Congratulations to another lovely couple. Best wishes for the future!

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