Chinese New Year is always a colourful cultural highlight, bringing brightness to the dark winter days here in the UK. This is especially true for a city like Manchester, whose Chinatown buzzes all year round but becomes a veritable hive of activity come New Year.
Here are our top five picks to help you make the most of Chinese New Year:
Here are our picks
An internationally acclaimed art work is coming to Manchester’s Exchange Square: Xia Nan’s Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors comprises 40 lanterns in the shape of warrior figures, standing at over two metres tall. To discover the astonishing history behind the installation, read our preview.
Follow the dazzling 175-foot Dragon from Albert Square to Chinatown for music, acrobatics, dancing and a glittering firework finale. Read our preview for our top tips on where to view the action.
We’re all familiar with the parades, fireworks and food, but music is also an important part of Chinese New Year. Performers include the Ad Solem choir – who will run through a series of Chinese New Year Songs – and erhu virtuoso Henry Fung.
We’d recommend visiting the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art anytime of the year, as its exhibitions are always that little bit different from those that you get in Manchester’s other art galleries. But of course during Chinese New Year it is especially relevant, with intriguing exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art.
Buns buns buns! The aroma of Ho’s drifts down onto the street, drawing you in like Yogi Bear to a picnic basket and causing you to part with your cash in exchange for calories. No, it’s not a healthy option – even the stuff that looks like it might be vaguely savoury is packed with soft and sugary sumptuousness – but who cares when it tastes this good. Get some to eat on your journey up to the terracotta warriors at Exchange Square.