Chinese New Year

Two girls taking part in a workshop
Two girls taking part in a workshop
Sunday 1 February 2009
11.00am - 4.00pm
FREE, drop in.

Kung hei fat choy! Celebrate the year of the Ox at Manchester Art Gallery this Sunday with our lively and colourful programme of events.

We have a range of activities for all. Watch performances of Chinese music and the much-loved lion dance, join in with our hands-on art workshops, discover more about the game Mah Jong and taste traditional Chinese teas.

Listen to traditional Chinese tales, see a paper cutting demonstration and learn how to do origami. There will also be the opportunity to work alongside one of our curators and handle Chinese objects from the gallery's collection.

And finally, you can also watch the much anticipated Vietnamese Chinese New Year Dance.

Drop in, no need to book.

Please note that Chinese New Year is usually our busiest day of the year.

Lockers are available but may be limited in availability, it's worth travelling light for this event if you can.

See photographs of Chinese New Year 2008 at Manchester Art Gallery on flickr.

Full programme

Outside the gallery entrance
Watch a Tai Chi demonstration

Enjoy our lively events programme
12 noon Lion dance
1.30pm Chinese classical music
2.30pm Chinese classical dance
3.30pm Vietnamese Chinese New Year dance

Gallery 6
Listen to traditional Chinese stories with Lip Lee

Lecture Room
Taste traditional Chinese teas (throughout the day)

Find out how people in China like to drink their tea

Education Studio 2
11am – 4pm
Make a Chinese horoscope mobile to take home

Education Studio 1
11am – 4pm
Pose for a photographic family portrait with a twist

Lowry and Valette Gallery
1 – 3pm
Be a curator for the afternoon. Put on some white gloves and explore some of the Chinese-related objects from our collections, from a tiny shoe to a teacup that tells a story.

Gallery of Craft and Design
11 - 4pm
Design your own game as you uncover Chinese treasures throughout the Gallery

Watch and learn all about Chinese Chess and Mah Jong

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