The very best things to do during Chinese New Year in Manchester

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Manchester always comes alive when Chinese New Year rolls around - and 2020 is set to be no exception. 

The city will be filled with fireworks and good fortune from 24-26 January... but where's the best place for you to ring in the Year of the Rat?

We've listed everything that's happening throughout the big weekend so you can decide.

Illuminated Dragon Dance

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A brand new illuminated dragon will be lighting up Chinatown for 2020 - with performances taking place at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday in NCP Car Park, Faulkner Street.

There's also set to be an additional showing at 5.30pm on Sunday.

The Dragon Parade

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The famous Chinese New Year parade - complete with dancers, opera performers, giant Buddha Dolls, and a 175ft dragon - is starting at 12.30pm on Sunday outside Manchester Central Library this year.

The parade will take a new route down Oxford Street, Portland Street and Princess Street before ending up in Chinatown around 2pm.

Be sure to stick around for the fireworks finale at 6pm!

Giant Golden Dragon

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A little further afield in St Ann's Square, you can cast your eyes on a glittering, 50ft Golden Dragon.

The big pig took up residence here last year, but for 2020, a magical, mythical creature is moving in to wow passers-by.

The dragon will be unleashed on the city on Saturday morning and will sit tight all weekend.

Sunday Funday: Chinese New Year

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A free celebration of Chinese art and culture is taking place at Manchester Central Library on Sunday 26 January, 12pm 'til 4pm.

You and your family can celebrate the Year of the Rat by immersing yourselves in Chinese music, art and dance, as well as a series of fascinating activities including badge-making, personal histories, tea ceremonies and workshops.

Arrive early to catch the lion dance performance from Manchester Chi Mo Martial Art Centre.

Chinese New Year: Family Craft Workshops with Manchester Confucius Institute

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Bring the family down to Exchange Court on Saturday 25 January between 11am-4pm as the area is transformed into a hive of creative Chinese workshops and craft centres.

Teachers from Manchester Confucius Institute will also be here to teach you all about the zodiac and help you make your own paper rat!

Chinese New Year: Make a Mythical Beast with Joey Yu

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Between 11am and 3pm at Exchange Court, phenomenal artist Joey Yu reinvents the Chinese New Year practice of paper dragons - helping you construct your own mythical beast.

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art at the Market Buildings on Thomas Street is also hosting a drawing competition on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 January, 10am – 5pm.

If you submit an entry, you'll be in with a shot of winning an original sketch by Joey Yu - with a wide range of prizes also available for the runners-up.

More information

We look set for some truly incredible celebrations in Manchester this year, with events organised by the Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester (FCAM), Manchester City Council and Manchester’s Business Improvement District (Manchester BID).

To learn more about what's happening in the city on Chinese New Year, click here.


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