What’s on at Chinese New Year Manchester 2017 - Music events

Four days of the brightest celebrations. As the dark streets light up, welcome in the Year of the Rooster.

With: the spectacular, internationally acclaimed exhibition, The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors.

Plus: street food and shopping, live music, fireworks and the Dragon Parade.

What's On

The Dragon Parade, Chinatown Celebrations & Fireworks

Albert Square, Chinatown

Chinese New Year just wouldn’t be the same without the annual appearance of the city’s spectacular 175-foot dragon.

Lion Dancing

Market Street

Catch the lion’s hourly dance display as this colourful Chinese New Year tradition plays out on Market Street (near Boots).

Live Music Stage

St Ann's Square

The soundtrack to this year’s celebrations come courtesy of a host of local Chinese musicians. Don’t miss Henry Fung, who showcases traditional and contemporary Chinese instruments, and a Saturday programme curated by Manchester’s own Confucius Institute.

Travelling Light Circus


Manchester’s shopping streets come to a show-stopping standstill (well, almost) thanks to the Travelling Light Circus’ roving parade of dancers, drummers, a stiltwalker and a giant rooster. The ten-strong troupe, dressed in red, black and gold, have been brought to the Chinese New Year celebrations in collaboration with the Dance Department at the University of Salford.

Lunar Party

Whitworth Street

Celebrating the year of the rooster, Manchester’s Biggest Oriental Lunar New Year Party is at The Viva Club hosted by…

A Musical Journey through China

St Ann's Square

The Confucius Institute Manchester presents a special musical afternoon with solo artists playing traditional Chinese instruments.

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