Chinese New Year in Manchester

Date & Time
Chinatown, Albert Square and across the city centre

Manchester’s Business Improvement District (BID) works with partners, retailers and cultural venues to celebrate Chinese New Year. Manchester events showcase a mix of traditional celebrations across Chinatown alongside contemporary art, performances, food and family activities across the shopping district.

The BID has so far delivered five consecutive events and marketing campaigns for the Year of the Pig (2019), Dog (2018), Rooster (2017), Monkey (2016), Ram (2015) and Horse (2014).

We will celebrate the Year of the Rat in 2020. Our beautiful annual artwork, based on the Chinese Zodiac, is created by international artist and proud Mancunian Stanley Chow.

2019 Footfall

  • Sunday saw over 80,000 people in the city centre, +5% against the equivalent parade event Sunday 2018
  • The annual celebrations bring additional footfall of around 30,000 extra visitors into the city centre vs a normal weekend
  • Manchester Arndale Saturday footfall: +6.5% v LY
  • Manchester Arndale Sunday footfall: +20.8% v LY

2019 PR Coverage

Event Photos

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Event Video

Sponsors & Partners

Brought to you by: Manchester’s Business Improvement District (Manchester BID), Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester (FCAM) and Manchester City Council

In partnership with: Marketing Manchester, TfGM, Metrolink, Manchester Confucius Institute and I Love MCR

Chinatown sponsors: Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester (FCAM), NCP, Manchester Airport, Hainan Airlines, Arts Council, Silver Hill Farm, Ernest Jones, Bank of China and  Genting Club


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