Everything You Need To Know About The Chinese New Year Celebrations In Manchester

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Everything You Need To Know About The Chinese New Year Celebrations In Manchester

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with an itinerary packed full of fun, featuring a giant art installation piglet, a golden dragon, and live performances, all culminating in the legendary Dragon Parade.

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St. Ann’s Square

In honour of the Year of the Pig, giant art installation Piglet will be taking centre stage in the city’s St Ann’s Square.

Giant Golden Dragon (Feb 7 – 10)

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Exchange Square

Head to Exchange Square to catch a glimpse of the giant, glittering Golden Dragon that has taken up residence for the long weekend – and share your pics using the #chinesenewyearMCR.

Street Food Market (Feb 7 – 10)

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St Ann’s Square

St Ann’s Square will host some of the city’s best purveyors of Chinese food and drink during the festival, including Dim Sum SU, Jade Rabbit, Wallace & Sons and Kowloon Café.

Lion Dance (Feb 9)

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Market Street, Manchester

Don’t miss the dazzling Lion Dance outside Boots on Market Street at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.

Chinese New Year Celebrations (Feb 8 – 10)

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Albert Square, Manchester

Head to Albert Square and try your hand at Chinese arts and crafts, sample traditional Chinese cuisine at the food market and meet the eight metre inflatable Chinese Money God.

The Dragon Parade (Feb 10)

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Albert Square and Chinatown

Follow the Chinese New Year Parade, led by a spectacular 175-foot dragon, from Albert Square to Chinatown where you’ll find traditional lion dances, street food, stalls, live performances, a funfair and a fantastic fireworks finale.

Family Workshops with Confucius Institute (Feb 9)

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Manchester Arndale

Join Manchester’s Confucius Institute as well as teachers from China and learn all about the traditional Chinese art of paper-cutting. Children will be able to create their own Chinese New Year Pig shaped fan as they learn about the characteristics of this year’s idol.

Make a Meme with CFCCA (Feb 10)

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Manchester Arndale

Create your own ‘meme’ with CFCCA for Chinese New Year. Inspired by its current exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly’ this workshop, led by experienced practitioners, will help you use traditional craft techniques such as printing and calligraphy.

Tai Chi Demonstrations & Workshops (Feb 7 – 10)

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Manchester Arndale

Try your hand at the traditional practice of Tai Chi, with professional demonstrations on the hour and free workshops on the half hour.

Learn Calligraphy and Brush Painting with Confucius Institute (Feb 9)

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King Street

Join Manchester’s Confucius Institute at the Virgin Money Lounge on King Street and explore the traditional art of writing Chinese characters and learn basic Chinese painting techniques.

Chinese New Year At Selfridges (Until Feb 10)

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Celebrate Chinese New Year at Selfridges at a range of outlets

Yang Sing Year of the Pig Banquet (Feb 10)

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34 Princess street

The annual Chinese New Year banquet features traditional celebrations including a multicourse banquet, prosperity toss, lion dancing, firecrackers and prime viewing of the parade and the buzz in the streets below.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019 (Feb 10)

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Manchester Art Gallery

Head to Manchester Art Gallery to celebrate the Year of the Pig with a range of artists and Chinese Performers.

Chinese New Year Sunday Funday (Feb 10)

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Central Library

Beginning with a Lion Dance at the front of the Library to let the New Year in, there will be music and dance performances, and a demonstration of the Chinese Tea Ceremony.

Firework Finale (Feb 10)


The Chinese New Year celebrations will come to a close with a spectacular firework finale. See the skies above Chinatown light up to welcome in the Year of the Pig.

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