A giant tiger is coming to St Ann’s Square for Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2022 with live performances, workshops, food, stalls and a funfair - plus a large-scale tiger art sculpture
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Chinese New Year 2022 falls on Tuesday 1st February.

While Manchester’s popular annual Chinese New Year celebrations may be on a slightly smaller scale this year due to COVID restrictions, there’s still lots of fun to be had across the city to help bring in the Year of the Tiger.

Taking centre stage for 2022 will be a large-scale tiger art sculpture standing majestically in the city’s St Ann’s Square from 1st – 6th February. 

Commissioned by Manchester BID, the installation will be a structural take on the traditional tiger made from wood and recycled corrugated plastic.

While the tiger is a symbol of power in Chinese culture and considered to be brave and forceful, the origami-like tiger sculpture will give the ultimate illusion, appearing to be weak and made of paper, but in fact will remain tall and strong for the world to see.

The tiger’s inner structure will also playfully match the stripes and markings of a real-life tiger, casting stunning shadows at night with surrounding lights.

Thousands of traditional red lanterns will once again adorn Chinatown and the city’s key shopping streets from 17th January.

On Sunday 6th February, Manchester’s Chinatown will be celebrating the Lunar New Year with a whole host of family-friendly activities including lion dancing, Chinese dancers, street food stalls, singing, poem reading Kung fu and Chinese arts and crafts.

Performances will take place from 11am – 7pm in Chinatown Car Park, while you can see the illuminated dragon on the hour from 4pm – 7pm in Chinatown.

The dragon parade and fireworks will not be taking place during 2022’s celebrations due to COVID restrictions.

From 26th January until 26th April,  English photographer Adrian Bradshaw’s exhibition The Door Opened: 1980s China features a blend of candid and posed photographs which explore China in the 1980s.

This exhibition, brought to Manchester Central Library by the Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester, is a vivid record of a pivotal period in modern history.

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