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Chinese New Year in Manchester

How to celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester 2024 – the Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year

10-11 February 2024

Lunar New Year marks the arrival of spring and the beginning the lunisolar calendar. This year is the year of the Dragon! Also known as Spring Festival and Chinese New Year, the holiday is celebrated throughout the Asian diaspora, from Vietnam (Tet), to North and South Korea (Seollal) and Tibet (Losar). Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia also celebrate this holiday.

Saturday, 10 February and Sunday, 11 February 2024 will see one of the UK’s ‘brightest’ and most colourful event as we welcome in the Year of the Dragon and celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester. Bright red lanterns hang resplendently from trees across the city centre as the streets host live performances, stalls and funfair, plus the return of the city’s the legendary Dragon Parade.

Chinese New Year in Manchester - Chinatown

Chinatown celebrations

10-11 February 2024
12pm – 10pm
Chinatown Car Park

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Chinatown with live performances, stalls, a funfair, Manchester’s famous red lanterns and the city’s legendary Dragon Parade…

Chinese New Year in Manchester - Dragon Parade

Dragon Parade

11 February 2024
12pm – 5pm
Oxford Street – Chinatown

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Manchester’s legendary Dragon Parade. Follow the famous 175ft dragon through the city’s streets as it makes it way from Oxford Street to Chinatown, accompanied by a parade featuring traditional Lion and Ribbon dances, Chinese Opera performers, 12 Zodiac animals and ancient army characters.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Tattu

9-24 February 2024
Tattu Restaurant, Spinningfields

As the Chinese zodiac turns to the Wood Dragon for 2024, Tattu marks the change of spirit animal with Lunar New Year festivities from Friday 9th February to the 24th February, with our dining rooms transformed by stunning red lanterns.

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Chinese New Year Calligraphy Workshop

11 February 2024
11am – 2pm
Kargo MKT, MediaCity

Learn about the history, symbolism, and techniques behind this ancient art form AND walk away with a beautiful FREE Chinese calligraphy of your name!

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Lunar New Year - Spring Festival - Chinese New Year in Manchester 2024 - red lanterns

7 February 2024
6pm – 8:30pm
Manchester Museum

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Manchester Museum, with live performances and workshops that will help you to create your decorations, starting the celebrations to welcome the Year of the Dragon.

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Chinese New Year in Manchester - Chinese Brush Painting at GRUB

10 February 2024
1pm – 3:30pm

Join GRUB for a gentle introduction to Chinese painting using traditional and authentic Chinese art materials such as bamboo brushes, mineral paints and Chinese ink. Each session will teach you a different style which will help you build up to your final piece which will be painted onto a Rice paper board or Rice paper fan.

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Chinese New Year in Manchester - Lion Dance

21 February 2024
4pm – 5pm
Portico Library

Celebrate Chinese New Year at The Portico Library, with traditional Lion Dances and February half term activities. Master Tang’s Lion Dance is coming to The Portico Library for traditional Chinese song and dance to mark the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. Watch the Dance of the Red Lion come to life with musical accompaniments and see in the Lunar New Year in style!

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8-11 February 2024
7pm – 11pm
Hudson Social Bar

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with cocktails featuring Southeast Asian flavours. Tarsier Southeast Asian Spirit will be taking over Hudson Social Bar from Wednesday 7th of February with a limited dragon themed menu travelling and exploring through the different parts of East and Southeast Asia. In partnership with Voice ESEA, they have curated a list of activities for the week.

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