The Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester (FCAM), Manchester City Council and Manchester BID along with Chinatown, have begun preparations for this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the Ram.
As if to taunt, the organisers of this year’s huge revelry have said that celebrations will rival London and other global cities with an estimated 90,000 audience, as this year will see “the city’s biggest and brightest celebrations to date”. Last year’s festival saw thousands travel from around the country and Europe to watch the activities and performances that honour traditional and contemporary Chinese culture.
The celebrations will begin on Thursday 19 February, sizzling the city until Sunday 22 February.
With thousands of lanterns, a spectacular light show and explosive art, the organisers say they will “animate the city centre”. There will also be an array of street food, music and martial arts and the ever-popular Dragon Parade and fireworks finale.
Similar to last year, hundreds of red Chinese lanterns have already adorned the city’s shopping streets leading up to the celebrations.
“It’s really beautiful already. I have been to London’s Chinatown – ‘the square’ – and that’s nice but Manchester’s has more charm and is pretty”, tourist Olga Velly, who has travelled from Moscow, Russia, told TNT whilst strolling through Chinatown.
With buildings and shops illuminated in red and gold during the weekend itself, the celebrations aim to inject colour and vibrancy into the heart of Manchester’s city centre.
TNT News Yasin Chinembiri