Dublin Chinese New Year Festival – 24th Jan – 10th Feb
The Year of the Rat is almost upon us! Chinese new year is this Saturday, the 25th of January and it will be celebrated by the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, which has lots of interesting events around the city! There are talks, exhibitions, screenings and many other events, and most of them are free!
We’ve listed some of our favourites below, but it’s definitely worth exploring the website.
OPENING CEREMONY PRESENTED WITH KILDARE VILLAGE – The Dublin Fruit & Vegetable Market, soon to be redeveloped, will be transformed with light and colour to welcome the Year of the Rat and the beginning of a new zodiac cycle.
DUMPLINGS: WRAPPING UP A LONG HISTORY – If you love dumplings, this is the talk for you! The event is hosted by Mei Chin, who is a food writer and her work has appeared in Food and Wine Magazine, Saveur, Lucky Peach, Gilttaste and Gourmet.
SPRING FESTIVAL FAIR – The hugely-popular Spring Festival Fair returns this year to the Dublin City Fruit & Veg Market for two days of free, family-friendly fun. Inspired by Chinese temple fairs, or ‘Miaohui’, the event combines performances, workshops, demonstrations and games, plus tasty food stalls and special appearances by highly skilled folks artists visiting from China.
FILM SCREENING – A SIMPLE LIFE (2011) – Chester Beatty – Wed 29 Jan at 17:45 (118 Mins) – Having served as a maid for over 60 years, one woman must face the harsh realities of life after suffering a stroke. When she decides to retire, the roles are reversed as the family attempt to support and care for someone who had seemed invisible to them. Mandarin with English subtitles.
DUMPLING MAKING WORKSHOP – Join dumpling guru Li Xiu to learn the basics of crafting them to crispy perfection. Best of all? You’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour at the end of the workshop!
RATS & CATS IN CHINESE ART: CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP – Join artist and China scholar Heather Gray for a Chinese painting (国画) workshop which focuses on these lovable creatures. Learn the basics of Chinese painting through the use of the four treasures; bamboo brushes 毛笔; ink 墨水; rice paper 纸张; and ink stones 砚台. All materials provided and suitable for beginners.