Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2018
Be a part of the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year in Europe in this stunning two week festival of fun family events from film, talks and visual art to music, dance and sport. Celebrations for the Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog, will take place over 17 days from 16 February to 4 March 2018. Traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities are at the heart of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) 2018 including Chinese opera and singing, karaoke competitions, culinary delights, arts and crafts, lion dances, dragon parades, calligraphy and children’s events. The city will be presented with a vibrant celebration of Sino-Hibernian culture.
The Spring Festival Gala 2018 kicks off the festival on 16th February. Presented by UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland in the Convention Centre Dublin, this show is not to be missed. As well as the award-winning Zhengzhou Song and Dance Theatre, it includes performances from the warrior monks from Songshan Shaolin Temple. This varied programme by two acclaimed performance groups provides a unique chance to witness Kungfu stunts in Ireland which have inspired numerous films including Shaolin, starring Jackie Chan and is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!
The Spring Festival Fair at the CHQ Building is a dog-themed family entertainment event of workshops, food, 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 the Spring Festival stalls. Adding to the carnival atmosphere will be colourful dragon and lion dancers helping to capture the vibrant mood of spring.
If you’re curious about Dublin’s surprising connections to China join the fun and informative tours exploring Chinese influences and flavours in cosmopolitan Dublin. Electric bikes will be provided by the Lazy Bike Tour Company. Explore Chinese culture through the vast programme that includes film screenings, traditional Chinese tea ceremony, business seminars focused on Sino-Irish trade, art exhibitions, a lecture series and children’s craft workshops.
The full programme is available on www.dublinchinesenewyear.com
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