A giant golden dragon will soon be landing outside Selfridges, heralding the Chinese New Year. There are four days of celebrations planned for the city centre in early February. The hub is at Albert Square, where there will traditional arts and crafts and a food market. St. Ann’s Square will also host food and drink vendors, including Dim Sum SU, Jade Rabbit, and Yang Sing. The square will be host to ‘Piglet’, a large art installation created in honour of the oncoming Year of the Pig. Nearby, at the Arndale Centre, you can try your hand at the ancient practice of Tai Chi, with professional demonstrations on the hour, and free workshops every half hour. The climax of the festival is the parade, which will see a 175-foot-long dragon wind its way from Albert Square to Chinatown. There, you’ll find street food stalls, traditional lion dances, live performances, a funfair, and a fireworks finale.

Thu 7 – Sun 10 Feb, Various locations throughout the city centre, event times vary, FREE, visitmanchester.com/chinesenewyear

Thu 7 Feb - Sun 10 Feb
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Mon 4 Feb 2019