What’s on locally during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
2019 is the Year of the Pig and Manchester is set to hold a whole host of activities from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th February 2019 to celebrate.
The celebrations will include a giant art installation piglet, street market, an 8 metre inflatable Chinese Money God, creative sessions, live performances, finished off with the legendary Dragon Parade.
Take a look at the itinerary of events below to find out what’s on, and when:
7th – 10th February
To celebrate the Year of the Pig there will be a giant art installation ‘Piglet’, in St Ann’s Square, created by artist Alex Rinsler.
Piglet will feature a coat made from thousands of pennies for good luck and visitors will be invited to contribute their own pennies to piggy banks displayed around the sculpture. Proceeds from funds raised will go to The Big Change (funding youth charity projects), and the Wai Yin Society (working with communities in Manchester)
St Ann’s Square will also host a street market featuring the City’s best Chinese food and drink.
When: 11am – 7pm
Giant Golden Dragon
The Giant Golden Dragon will be situated in Exchange Square during the festival. Be sure to pop along to take a look.
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
You are invited to join the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art to discover fun, and exciting, ways to engage with online art and digital technologies.
Where: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1EU
8th – 10th February
Albert Square Celebrations
Head to Albert Square where you will see the 8 metre inflatable Chinese Money God and be able to have a go at Chinese Arts & Crafts.
Sample some of Manchester’s finest Chinese food and drink at the Food Market in Albert Square.
9th – 10th February
Chinese Crafts with Confucius Institute and Centre of Chinese Contemporary Art
Manchester’s Confucius Institute and Centre of Chinese Contemporary Art invite you along to try your hand at traditional Chinese crafts.
Make a Meme at Arndale
The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art will be at the Arndale Centre to help visitors create their own ‘meme’ for Chinese New Year. Using traditional crafting techniques, including printing and calligraphy, to create your own meme to take home.
The activity is suitable for family members from age 3+.
Manchester Art Gallery
There will be a wide variety of sessions available for visitors to join in, including music, puppet making, Tai Chi, decorating Chinese cupcakes, and life drawing to name but a few.
The day will end with the Lion Dance at 3:45pm.
Activities are suitable for families.
Where: Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
The Dragon Parade
The Chinese New Year Parade will be led by an amazing 175 foot dragon from Albert Square to Chinatown.
The parade will include traditional lion dances, live performances, stalls, street food, a funfair and fireworks finale.
Where: Manchester City Centre, Albert Square, China Town
Take a look at our Weekend Guide for events and activities over the coming weekend.
For a full list of upcoming events, take at look at our Events Guide