Dragon Boat Festival at Salford Quays

A celebration of Chinese culture for the holiday weekend

Salford Quays will be filled with brightly coloured boats and dancing lions and dragons when the Dragon Boat Festival takes place this Sunday, May 28th. People from across Manchester and the North West are invited to celebrate Chinese culture and watch the spectacular displays.

It’s the sixth year that the festival has been running and teams from all kinds of multicultural backgrounds will battle it out on the water. A total of 27 teams, ranging from students, charity workers, business owners and officers from Greater Manchester Police, will compete to be crowned 2017 champions.

“The festival is an exciting and fun way to explore Chinese culture,” explained Hongye Zheng, Chairman of the Xinhua Chinese Association who organise the event. The teams train hard before the races and a lot of dedication goes into ensuring the boats are vibrantly decorated with dragon’s heads and tails. As well as watching the races, visitors can try Chinese food and watch a variety of performances. It promises to be an enjoyable day for all the family.”

The event will begin with speeches from representatives from Salford, the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Manchester and dignitaries from the Chinese community. Then giant dragons and lions will leap around as the pedalers prepare to set off. Martial arts, singing and dancing displays will continue throughout the afternoon. Food stalls will line the streets where visitors can sample authentic Chinese cuisine like Mianshanzi, which is a flour and egg based delicacy, eggs boiled with tea leaves and traditional Chinese tea and wine.

The event will include martial arts displays

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett sees the races as one of the highlights of the Salford Quays calendar, celebrating the relationship with Manchester and the Chinese community worldwide.

He said: “It advocates creating a good society through respect and loyalty. Not only are strength, endurance and skill important but teamwork and harmony of purpose. It is these same attributes that we are using to develop and improve Salford – a city which leads the way as a heritage, arts and cultural destination.  On behalf of the people of Salford I look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to this exciting and exhilarating day out.”

The event is sponsored by a range of businesses including Beijing Construction Engineering Group, China Taiping Insurance, Suman Education International and Status Travel.  Entry is free from 11am to 5pm and it’s held at Huron Basin in Media City, just opposite the Lowry Theatre and Designer Outlet.

A spectacular Chinese Dragon will be part of the festivities

As the Simply Health Great Manchester 10k run and Half Marathon are taking place on the same day, visitors are advised to check for road closures before travelling.

To find out more about the road closures, look here.

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