2016 Chinese New Year performances

Celebrations go off with a bang

SPECTACULAR celebrations marked the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Monkey in Bundaberg on Saturday.

Bundaberg Regional Council strategic event co-ordinator Perry Bacon said the celebrations went very well, despite a "bit of rain".

"Everything we had planned went ahead," he said.

But the rain did not affect events that were held in the Moncrieff Theatre.

"The quality of the Chinese performers was just amazing," Mr Bacon said.

"We had some activities planned for Buss Park, but we took them into the Civic Centre when it rained."

Mr Bacon said the zodiac kids' trail went very well.

"They had to do one activity for each of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac," he said.

"Many of the kids did all 12 animals."

Mr Bacon said another popular event was the lantern parade, with giant lanterns.

"We had fireworks going nearby at the same time," he said.

Mr Bacon said it was a big event to organise.

The council also had a meeting with a delegation from China on Saturday.

"We have got so many of the community groups involved now," he said.

"And it's from groups right across the community, not just Chinese community groups.

"It's really good there's so much involvement from the community."

Mr Bacon said the organisers were very happy with how the celebrations went.

"Now we can plan to transfer events into venues if it rains," he said.

Mr Bacon said the organisers still had to set a date for the event next year.

"It's a different date every year because it follows the lunar calendar," he said.

"We'll decide on a date very soon.

"I expect we'll have similar things to this year."