CHINESE NEW YEAR: Traditional Chinese dancer Wang Zhu at the Chinese New Year celebrations held at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct in 2013.
CHINESE NEW YEAR: Traditional Chinese dancer Wang Zhu at the Chinese New Year celebrations held at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct in 2013. Max Fleet

Chinese performers to entertain at New Year celebrations

BUNDABERG'S Recreational Precinct will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Orient as the city celebrates Chinese New Year on Sunday, February 9.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the council's events team had been busy preparing a family friendly event that would help bring in the Chinese New Year and highlight the diverse, multicultural population in our region.

"Chinese New Year is always a special time for many people across the region and this year will be no different as we join with our Chinese friends to celebrate 2014 - the Year of the Horse," Cr Forman said.

"This year's Chinese New Year Celebrations feature some new and exciting entertainment that has never before been seen in the region including performances by entertainers direct from our Chinese sister city, Nanning.

"Crowds will be enthralled by a scene from the highflying acrobatic Guangxi music drama Flying Embroidery Ball, as well as Zhuang ethnic percussion music performed with drums and lanterns, and a traditional bamboo dance performed by a Nanning dance troupe complete with folk costumes."

Cr Forman said there would also be traditional dragon and lion dancing, lantern making workshops, food and market stalls and crowd favourite, Chinese New Year fireworks.

"It'll certainly be a great occasion for the region's Chinese and an opportunity for others to have an authentic Chinese New Year experience," Cr Forman said.

The Year of The Horse festivities kick off at the Bundaberg Regional Council Recreation Precinct near the airport from 3.30pm, Sunday, February 9.

More details can be found at www.bundabergregionevents.com.au.



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