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Lunar New Year Celebrations: 13th January – 7th February

Manchester City centre plays host to one of Britain’s largest Chinese New Year celebrations and there’s plenty of festivities to get involved with at the airport. Whether you’re heading out to Beijing, returning from Hong Kong or travelling between anywhere else, we’d like you to join our Chinese New Year celebrations throughout January and February:


Airport Dressed in Red

16th Jan – 7th Feb

In preparation for our Chinese New Year Celebrations, we have decorated the entire airport with Chinese lanterns. Keep an eye out for these beautiful lanterns across the Skylinks in all three terminals.


Traditional Lion Dance and Chinese Acrobats

28th Jan 2020 T2 Check-in

Enjoy a traditional Lion Dance, performed by JinLong, to ward off evil spirits while you’re waiting for your flight. As the Lion dances throughout the terminal, our friendly airport colleagues will be handing out free Chinese snacks and lucky envelopes to our passengers.

Click here to find out more about JinLong.


Airport Choir

28th Jan T2 Airside

To celebrate the New Year, the Manchester Airport Choir will be performing Gong Xi and other traditional Chinese pieces welcoming the Year of the Rat on Tuesday, 28th January.


Retail Carts

15th Jan – 7th Feb T1 & T2 World Duty Free stores

A Chinese Zodiac inspired immersive retail concept to showcase Lunar New Year gift ideas from Biza stores, providing a perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post!


Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) Exhibition

16th Jan – 7th Feb T2 Arrival


Terminal 2 arrival hall will be hosting a preview of a future exhibition titled ‘Will Pham: Record, Retrieve, Reactivate’ in collaboration with CFCCA focused on intergenerational care, cultural inheritance, community building and refugee narratives within the UK. Will Pham is a British-Vietnamese artist working in video, live performance and socially engaged practice. For his solo presentation at CFCCA, Pham has developed a new work which explores his interest in using archives and historical narratives as tools to address contemporary cultural and political issues. In this exhibition Pham presents a moving image installation that will investigate ongoing issues surrounding immigration, diaspora, acculturation and citizenship.

Click here to learn more, or get involved in their Chinese New Year workshops.

If you’re not going to be travelling through the airport during January or February this year, you can still get involved in plenty of ways by clicking here and, on behalf of Manchester Airport, we’d like to wish you a fantastic New Year filled with good fortune.