A week’s worth of celebrations will take over Manchester as the city rings in the Year of the Tiger.

While 2022’s Chinese New Year celebrations have had to be dialed back a little due to the pandemic, there will still be plenty going on right across the city centre.

Getting underway on Tue 1 Feb and running through until Sun 6 Feb, expect live performances, street food, a funfair and traditional lion and dragon dances.

The New Year Tiger

A friendly tiger will be keeping watch for the entire week, as it towers over St. Ann’s Square. The impressive sculpture, created by Decordia Events and Manchester BID, has been constructed using wood and other recycled materials and will be illuminated once the sun goes down.

Chinatown Celebrations

Chinatown will be transformed into an entertainment hotspot on Sun 6 Feb to mark the Lunar New Year, with a series of eclectic live entertainment taking over the area’s main car park. Performances will take place between 11am-7pm and will include traditional lion dances, Chinese acrobatics, music, poem reading and Kungfu.

The famous illuminated Dragon will also appear on the hour between 4pm-7pm.

Manchester Library photo exhibition

From the creative mind of Adrian Bradshaw, a photo exhibition titled The Door Opened: 1980’s China will feature at Manchester Central Library from Wed 26 Jan.

A mixture of candid and posed shots explore the simplicity of everyday life in the country that Bradshaw first arrived in as a student in 1984, before going on to spend three decades documenting its incredible transformation.

Tue 1 Feb - Sun 6 Feb,
Various city centre locations
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 20 Jan 2022