What’s on this Chinese New Year in Manchester

As we all know Chinese New Year is nearly upon us with nearly a week til the celebration, so here’s the times and locations where events will be held.

What’s on?

Thursday 4th February, Friday 5th & Saturday 6th 

Asian street food village – New Cathedral Street, 11am – 7pm. The city’s finest asian food can be found here including MasterChef Finalist Jackie Kearney’s The Hungry Gecko, Tampopo and Yo sushi.
Chinese food market – St Ann’s Square, 11am – 7pm. St Ann’s Square provides of backdrop of the city’s fabulous Chinese food and drink. Fresh from Mei Mei’s Street Cart you can enjoy a traditional Beijing Jian Bing crepe and Bao glazed bun. Foods and drinking including Yang Sing, Rice Bowl and Bubble Tea.
Giant Chinese Golden Dragon – Outside Selfridges, Exchange Square, 10am – 8pm. 50ft long and 20ft high this inflatable sculpture is unmissable and will give you a great photo opportunity to upload on your social media accounts.
Lion Dancers – Exchange Square to King Street 1pm – 5 pm. This is a Chinese New Year tradition so catch them move through the shopping streets you won’t miss them!
Live Music Stage – St Ann’s Square, 12-2pm lunchtime performances, 4-6pm afternoon performances. Local chinese musicians such as Ling Ling and Henry Fung what showcase traditional and contemporary instruments.
New Year light show – St Ann’s Square, 6-9pm. With a mix of beautiful light projects, film and art this one is not to be missed. A animated story of Chinese New Year is being projected which will give you a audio visual experience. As it is ‘Year of the monkey’ the festival will show special artwork created by Manchester’s artist Stanley Chow
Here’s a video of last years show to know what to expect.
Tsingtao Beer Ping Pong Bar – New Cathedral Street, 11am – 8pm.
Chinese beer will be served in this unique pop-up bar featuring the challenge of the Tsingtao Dragon (A robot). You can win prizes such as a range of t-shirts to even Ping Pong tables.

Saturday 6th February 

Chinese Crafts – Paperchase, St Mary’s Gate, 11am – 4pm
Make your own monkey mask with Paperchase’s extensive range of wonderful craft products. Then celebrate the New Year by wearing it at the New Year Parade, 11am-1pm, £10 per person.

Sunday 7th February

Manchester Art Gallery celebrates – Manchester Art Gallery. 12-4pm
Manchester Art Gallery is celebrating Chinese New Year with traditional Chinese dance, music and storytelling. Also there will be a drop-in creative workshop, ‘Chop Chop, Stick sticks’ where you can creative and customise your own chop sticks.
The Dragon Parade, Chinatown Celebrates and Fireworks – Albert Square & Chinatown, 1pm Dragon Parade, 6pm Fireworks. A 175-foot dragon will be storming around Albert Square to Chinatown. This is the main event so do not miss this spectacular show with Chinese dancing, music and acrobatics, a funfair and fantastic fireworks finale.
Schedule:
12 noon: Dragon and music performances, Albert Square
1pm: The Dragon Parade, Albert Square
2-5pm: Stage shows, Chinatown
6pm: Fireworks, Chinatown

Young cultural ambassadors from Beijing dressed in traditional clothes pose for pictures during a photocall in the heart of London's Chinatown on January 29, 2014, ahead of Chinese new year celebrations. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

02.02.14.Photo credit : Phil Tragen