Chinese New Year in Manchester
Outside of London, Manchester is the city with the biggest Chinese population so as you can imagine, celebrations for Chinese New Year are big.
Universities in Manchester are filled with large student populations too and the city loves to celebrate that fact during Chinese New Year.
If you’re an international Chinese student in Manchester, or you’re looking to move to the city to study, here’s what you can expect from Chinese New Year in Manchester.
St. Ann’s Square Chinese food festival / Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February, 11am to 7pm
A Chinese food market will pop up in St Ann’s Square and is completely free to browse! The giant golden dragon will return to the square for the weekend which is always a great attraction. The food market has a range of stalls all serving up delicious Chinese cuisine including festive dumplings, steamed buns and dim sum.Manchester Art Gallery / Sunday 18th February, 10am to 5pm
Manchester Art Gallery welcomes musician Henry Fung who will be performing Chinese music within the art gallery. The music inspires the movements of traditional Dragon Dancers and Lion Dancers. For any younger relatives who are visiting, there will be a chance to create Chinese New Year themed artworks throughout the day, enjoy storytelling and face painting. This event is absolutely free to attend and enjoy.
Chinese New Year Film Festival at HOME / Throughout February
The theatre and cinema HOME complex will be putting on a range of Chinese language films throughout February to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dog. You can visit their website to find out which films will be screened and at what time. Student discounts are available too!
The Dragon Parade (starting at Albert Square) / Sunday 18th February
The stunning dragon parade begins in Albert Square and is accompanied by traditional lion dancing, a martial arts displays, various food stalls, a funfair with over 20 rides, and a huge fireworks display to end the parade at 6pm. The Dragon Parade is completely free to attend and always has such a great atmosphere.
We’d like to wish all the Chinese students who have chosen to study in the UK a happy Chinese New Year and we hope you find a fun way to celebrate the Year of the Dog!