DUBLIN CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2017
Dublin Chinese New Year Festival returns from Jan 28th – Feb 12th 2017 to welcome the Year of the Rooster.
The jam-packed programme for this year’s festival includes celebrations of Chinese music, art, sport and cuisine, with many free and family-friendly events taking place!
A Chinatown for Dublin?
Thu 2nd Feb, 6.30pm
Free, booking required.
Although it has no official status, Google Maps has classified Dublin’s Parnell Street as the city’s Chinatown district because of the concentration of Asian businesses and restaurants operating around this area.
What value might an officially-designated Chinatown bring to Dublin? At this panel event, speakers discuss how Dublin and the Chinese community might benefit from such an initiative and consider some of the potential pitfalls.
A wide array of Dublin’s restaurants are celebrating the Year of the Rooster with special set menus created especially for Chinese New Year.
Try some tantalising dishes from a host of Chinese and Asian restaurants, with everything from street food to fine dining!
Check here for a full list of participating restaurants.
Lazy Bike Tours
Sun 29th Jan (English) & Sat 11th Feb (Mandarin), 2pm
Lazy Bike Tour Shop.
Lazy Bike Tours will run special tours during the festival on their eye-catch electric bikes. The English-language tour will explore Dublin’s suprising connections to China and include stop-offs to sample Chinese cuisine.
The Chinese-language tour includes a visit to Teelings Distillery for whiskey-tasting and will shed some light on the hidden history of Dublin’s different cultural quarters.
Live Illustration at Arnotts
Sat Jan 28th, 12pm
Visitors to Arnotts, Henry St. can enjoy a stunning live drawing installation from Chinese artist Angela Wang who will bring her unique signature drawing style, a fusion of Western and Asian art techniques, to welcome the arrival of the Year of the Rooster on the first day of the Spring Festival.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Shiseido are offering an exclusive gift with purchase in the Arnotts beauty hall.
Spring Festival Fair
Sun 5th Feb, 12pm – 5pm
Free. No booking required.
Rooster-themed entertainment, activities, arts and crafts, suitable for people of all ages. Come try your hand at Chinese chess and calligraphy, marvel at martial arts displays and musical performances, or sample the delicious Chinese food and drink on offer at our Spring Festival stalls.
Come enjoy special short-film screenings, glamorous fashion shows and a spectacular shadow puppetry performance. Adding to the carnival atmosphere will be colourful dragon and lion dancers.
Chinese Cookery Masterclass
Sun 29th Jan, 10am – 4pm
Would you like to impress friends and family by serving up a Chinese New Year celebratory feast? Chef Kwanghi Chan and award-winning food writer Mei Chin will host a special full-day cookery masterclass at Cooks Academy.
The pair are currently collaborating on the Sláint-Chi project, exploring Chinese cuisine in Ireland, so will be sharing some of the secrets of authentic Chinese cooking as they guide participants through the preparation of four delicious traditional dishes.
Louise Reay: It’s Only Words
Fri 3rd Feb, 6:30pm
The International Bar
A comedy show in Chinese for people who don’t speak any Chinese at all!
This unique show from Louise Reay is based on the idea that only 7% of communication is verbal. Even if you don’t speak Chinese, you’ll understand it, but you won’t know why.
Through a mix of clowning and stand up, Reay will range over some very familiar territory – family, sex and relationships – in a language unfamiliar to some.