One of Manchester’s most popular and fun-filled events is just around the corner – as the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations get set to land this weekend, with four days filled with food, fortune, fireworks, free activities and Piglet- a giant art installation taking centre stage in the city’s St Ann’s Square.
So head to Manchester and welcome in the Year of the Pig at one of Europe’s biggest Chinese New Year celebrations…
2019’s city-wide event offers four days filled with food, fortune, fireworks and fun alongside a whole host of free activities for all the family to enjoy.
In honour of the Year of the Pig, giant art installation Piglet will be taking centre stage in the city’s St Ann’s Square. Created by UK-artist Alex Rinsler (previous works include giant foxes in Shanghai & London and the world’s largest squirrel in Almaty, Kazakhstan), the giant piglet will don a handsome coat made from thousands of pennies for good luck. Visitors will be invited to contribute their own pennies to piggy banks around the sculpture, with proceeds going to The Big Change, and the Wai Yin Society, working with Manchester’s most vulnerable residents.
Head to Manchester’s legendary Dragon Parade on Sunday 10th….
Catch the blessing of the dazzling 175-foot dragon at 12pm in Albert Square before it weaves its way through the city’s streets from Manchester Town Hall to Chinatown, where revellers can enjoy lion dancing, unicorn performances, Chinese dancers, a funfair, traditional street food stalls, Chinese arts and crafts and a spectacular fireworks finale at 7pm.
Thousands of stunning red lanterns will once again adorn the city’s streets, landmarks and iconic buildings will be lit up red and Manchester’s infamous 50ft giant glittering Golden Dragon will be making a welcome return to the city’s Exchange Square, ready for snaps and selfies.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can sample authentic cuisine at the Chinese Food Market in St Ann’s Square and traditional street food stalls in Albert Square and Chinatown, enjoy Chinese Opera and lion dancers, take part in a variety of traditional craft workshops including calligraphy and paper cutting, alongside VIP shopping events at city centre stores.
The event kicks off THIS THURSDAY 7th February. You can find out more here.