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 hive of activity and celebration come New Year.
While the celebrations have been pared back slightly this year, there’s still plenty of action to welcome in the Year of The Tiger in Manchester City Centre. This includes photography exhibitions, film events, and the presence of a huge wooden tiger watching over St Ann’s Square. And many of the annual Chinatown celebrations will be going ahead, too, including thousands of red lanterns on the city’s trees, an illuminated dragon, traditional lion dances, Chinese acrobatics, singing, poetry reading, Kungfu, lantern-making workshops, exhibitions and – of course – dazzling explosions of colour everywhere you look!
The celebrations also present a great opportunity to stop for a bite to eat in one of the city’s best Chinese restaurants (find our top picks of those below). Our call is to get down to Chinatown early, take a seat, order some delicious food and soak in the festivities as Manchester rings in the Lunar New Year.
Here are our picks
Coinciding with Chinese New Year, Manchester’s Central Library is hosting a fascinating exhibition by British photojournalist Adrian Bradshaw, with a blend of candid and posed photographs revealing China in the 1980s.
Ho’s Bakery, 56 Faulkner Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 4FH - Visit now
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 fuel yourself for the festivities.
To celebrate the Lunar New Year -The Lowry have teamed up a brilliant community of north-west based British East Asian and South East Asian creatives. Seize the opportunity to see some brand-new theatre in development at The Lowry.