Chinese New Year in Manchester

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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.

The BID has so far delivered four consecutive celebrations and marketing campaigns for the Year of the Rooster (2017), Monkey (2016), Ram (2015) and Horse (2014). The events showcase a mix of traditional and contemporary performances, art, film, food and family activities.

2018 celebrations took place over the Chinese New Year weekend: 17th and 18th February.

Celebration Coordinators

City Partners

Chinatown Sponsors

2018 Event headlines

  • Year of the Dog campaign identity created by international artist Stanley Chow
  • The famous Dragon Parade, entertainment, stalls and fireworks in Albert Square and Chinatown
  • Chinese Food Market in St Ann’s Square
  • Glittering Golden Dragon in St Ann’s Square
  • Red Envelope gifts giveway to Metrolink passengers
  • Family Chinese craft workshops at Manchester Arndale hosted by Manchester Confucius Institute and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
  • Red lanterns decorating the city’s shopping streets
  • Special events at Manchester Central Library and Manchester Art Gallery
  • Promotions and VIP events across city centre shops, bars and restaurants

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2018 Footfall and Sales Headlines

  • Footfall +3.2% vs same weekend last year
  • Footfall +12.5% 18 February – 24 February week
  • Sales +2.3% 18 February – 24 February week against -2.3% for UK

2018 Marketing Headlines

2017 PR

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