YEAR OF THE ROOSTER: Cr Judy Peters, Tina Yuanyuan, Lilly Matthews and Dylan Carter with the PCYC Blazers dragons.
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER: Cr Judy Peters, Tina Yuanyuan, Lilly Matthews and Dylan Carter with the PCYC Blazers dragons. Mike Knott BUN170117ROOSTER5

13 ways to celebrate Chinese new year today

THE crow of the rooster is in full swing for this year's Chinese New Year Celebrations.

CQUniversity and Asian Inspirations have joined forces with the Bundaberg Regional Council to revamp Buss Park, the Moncreiff Entertainment Centre and Bourbong St for today's free six hour-long program of Chinese New Year festivities.

The celebrations will kick-off at 3pm and carry on until the moon hangs high at 9pm.

1Zodiac Animal Trail

When: 3-6pm

Get inspired from above with the Children's Chinese Zodiac Animal Trail at Buss Park and along the Bourbong St footpath.

Kids can collect stamps for their passport on this fun-filled, activity-based trail, where prizes are available for those that finish the 12 activities.

It's suitable for children under 12.

2Dragon dancing

When: 3.15-3.40pm

An Awaken the Dragon ceremony followed by Dragon and Lion Dancing by the PCYC Blazers. Follow the dragon from Buss Park into the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

3Concert

When: 3.50-4.45pm

The local CQUniversity Chinese Cultural Concert will be showing at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

Compered by Guangxi University students, the show will have acrobatics and traditional performances from artists from Nanning, Bundaberg's Sister City, traditional performances from Guangxi University students, Taiko Drumming by Norville State School and traditional "jasmine fragrance” guzheng music and Juggling Grandma Anna Yen, after official opening speeches.

4Chinese tea

When: 4pm

Join the Burnett Mary Regional Group in the courtyard for Traditional Chinese Tea and find out what the art of drinking tea really means.

Held at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm in the Burnett Mary Regional Group courtyard. Entry is gold coin donation with bookings accepted on the day.

5Acrobatics

When: 5-5.45pm

If you missed the 3.50pm show the acrobatics and traditional performances from artists from Nanning are back for another show.

The artists from Nanning will be accompanied by traditional performances from Guangxi University students and Taiko Drumming by Bundaberg State High School. Entry is free.

6Martial arts

When: 5.30pm

Be treated to the Chinese athletic culture with an authentic Martial Arts, Kung Fu and Tai Chi display by I Liq Chuan in Buss Park.

7Self defence

When: 5.50pm

The art of self defence is on display with a taekwondo demonstration by ITF Taekwon Do Wide Bay in Buss Park.

8PCYC Blazers

When: 6-6.45pm

The Moncrieff will be filled with Lion and Dragon Dancing by Bundaberg's PCYC Blazers, the Nanning artists, acrobats and performers, Taiko Drumming by Bundaberg State High School and traditional performances from Guangxi University students.

9Concert

When: 7-7.45pm

Catch the final CQUniversity Chinese Cultural Concert for the night at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

Entry is free.

10Tai Chi

When: 6.15pm

Witness the beauty of movement and defence in the Tai Chi Display by Australian Academy of Tai Chi in Buss Park, in order to gain an insight into various aspects of the Chinese culture.

11Lantern Parade

When: 8.30pm

Be dazzled by a spectacle of lanterns illuminating Bundaberg's main street with the Lantern Parade held by the Bundaberg community in Bourbong St and Buss Park before the celebrations start to wrap up.

12Fire twirling

When: 8.45pm

Prior to the array of fireworks, enjoy the glow of fire on the ground with the Fire Twirling by Visionary Fire.

13Fireworks

When: 8.55pm

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, a fireworks display by Above Ground Zero Fireworks will be held in the countdown to 9pm.

In addition to the extensive range of fun and culture-filled activities the whole family can enjoy, there will be Chinese and Asian-themed food vendors and market stalls, dancing and more to ensure this year's Chinese New Year celebrations are memorable.

For more information call the Strategic Events Team on 4130 4176.