What to do for Chinese New Year in Manchester 2018

February 5, 2018
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2018 sees the return of the year of the Dog and in traditional style Manchester plays host to Chinese New Year once again with an array of events and celebrations. As usual we have the full round up of what to expect for Chinese New Year, giving you the itinerary to plan your weekend.

The city will be beautifully decorated with the symbolic red lanterns, prettying up key streets including Market Street. 2017’s 50 foot dragon will return adorning St. Ann’s Square, beside a Chinese Food Market which will offer dumplings, steamed buns and dim sum.

Manchester’s shops will be bringing good fortune to the event with giveaways, VIP shopping events and exclusive promotions throughout the weekend and on Sunday 18, red envelopes will be handed out at Metrolink’s Exchange Square stop with lucky passengers in with a chance of winning shopping vouchers worth up to £250.

On Sunday 18, Manchester’s legendary Dragon Parade led by by a spectacular 175-foot dragon will weave its way through the city’s streets from Manchester Town Hall to Chinatown, where revellers can enjoy lion dancing, martial arts displays, a funfair, over 60 food and arts & craft stalls and a spectacular fireworks finale at 6pm.

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Manchester Chinese New Year 2018

Glittering Golden Dragon
St Ann’s Square
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 February, 11am – 7pm

The Dragon Parade, Chinatown Celebrations & Fireworks
Albert Square & Chinatown
Sunday 18 February, 12 – 6pm

Chinese Street Food Market
St Ann’s Square
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February, 11am – 7pm

Chinese New Year Film Festival 2018
HOME, Tony Wilson Place, First Street
1 February – 28 February, 10am – 10pm

Manchester Art Gallery and Central Library celebrate Chinese New Year
Mosley Street
Sunday 18 February, 10am – 5pm

NOW: Moving Image by Chinese Contemporary Female Artists
HOME, Tony Wilson Place, First Street
15 February 2018, 4pm – 10pm

NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists
Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art (CFCCA), Thomas Street
16 February 2018 – 29 April 2018, 10am – 5pm

Free Family Creative Workshops
Manchester Arndale
Saturday 17 February 11am – 4pm (drop-in)

Free Block Printing Workshop  
Manchester Arndale
Sunday 18 February, 11am – 5pm

Make Some Noise! A family workshop
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art,
Thomas Street
Saturday 17 February, 2pm – 6pm

Visit Manchester BID and CityCo for information.

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