The civic centre is filled with colour as the PCYC Blazers learn Chinese dragon dancing.
The civic centre is filled with colour as the PCYC Blazers learn Chinese dragon dancing.

Year of the Tiger

LIONS Park will be packed with colour and noise on February 13 when Bundaberg celebrates the Chinese New Year.

Bundaberg Regional Council has a creative program in the works with markets, umbrella painting, aerial performers and a show by the Chinese Lions which may wake the Chinese Dragon from his slumber.

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said she was looking forward to the event.

“It’s the year of the tiger and once again we will be offering a great cultural program for the community,” she said.

“The Bundaberg region really embraces the Chinese New Year celebrations.”

Cr Pyefinch believes the communities support of the Chinese New Year comes from being sister cities with Nanning, located in Southern China.

“We even have a group of performers coming from our sister city to perform,” she said.

Member of the PCYC Blazers were busy practising for their New Year performance on Saturday, at a dragon dancing workshop.

Master Chen, a qualified Chinese martial arts and tai chi coach, was teaching the members the ancient art of the Chinese dragon and lion dance.

The Blazers said the workshop was a good opportunity to develop new skills, learn about other cultures and give back to the community.

Cr Pyefinch said while the council would like to celebrate the Australian New Year, the price would be very high.

“It’s very costly for us to do because we would be dealing with overtime on the holiday,” she said.

“The Chinese New Year celebrations came out of our sister city agreement and we really do rely on volunteers.”

Cr Pyefinch said she expected the event to be packed with people.

“We are expecting another big crowd this year,” she said.

“There is always lots of colour and lots of noise when you’re celebrating with the Chinese. It’s just great.”

The event will run from 3.30pm until 7.30pm at Lions Park and entry is free.

For more information or to become involved, contact Karen Richters on 1300 883 699.



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