Celebrate the Year of the Dragon: Chinese New Year 2024 in Manchester

As we step into February, the vibrant and festive Chinese New Year is just around the corner. And this year, it’s all set to be bigger, brighter, and more festive than ever before! We’ve pulled together our highlights of what’s happening in Manchester so you can celebrate in style!

Mark Your Calendars: 10th & 11th of February

Let’s paint the town red on the weekend of February 10th and 11th as Manchester transforms into a grand spectacle of Chinese culture. The city will be adorned with red lanterns, traditional performances, and the much-awaited dragon parade.

The Grand Dragon Parade

Manchester is renowned for its spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations, and 2024 is no exception. The dazzling 175-foot dragon, a symbol of power, strength, and good luck, is all set to grace the streets of Manchester. Alongside the dragon, you can expect to see traditional Lion and Ribbon dances, Chinese Opera performers, and representations of the 12 Zodiac animals.

Lunar New Year at Manchester Museum

Kickstart your festivities by celebrating Lunar New Year at Manchester Museum. With live performances and workshops to help you create your decorations, this is the perfect way to welcome the Year of the Dragon.

Chinese Brush Painting at GRUB

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, you’ll learn basic brushwork and painting techniques.

Image from Floating Art (@artfloat)

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Lunar New Year Celebration at The Portico Library

Celebrate Chinese New Year at The Portico Library with February half-term activities. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Chinese culture and traditions.

Asian Cocktail Takeover at Hudson Social Bar

Raise a toast to the Year of the Dragon with cocktails featuring Southeast Asian flavours at Hudson Social Bar. Look forward to a traditional lion dance at 7pm on Friday 9th of February.

Image from @hudsonsocialmanchester