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Dates Announced For Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2019

2019 is the Chinese Year of the Pig and Dublin will be celebrating in style from February 1 – 17.

Today, the dates for Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2019 (DCNYF) were announced. A Dublin City Council initiative, the festival aims to develop and showcase the best of Sino-Hibernian culture in Ireland and is jam-packed with events for everyone to enjoy.

DCNYF will celebrate the Year of the Pig in 2019, completing a full cycle of the zodiac for the festival, which has grown to become one of the biggest celebrations of Chinese New Year in Europe since its inception in 2008. According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Earth Pig is a year of fortune and luck, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs.

The Festival will include talks, visual arts, performance, film, music and many family friendly events inviting all ages to be part of this cultural celebration. Immerse yourself in Chinese culture as Dublin City celebrates.

World-renowned guitarist Xuefei Yang will perform in Dublin as part of the celebrations, on Sunday, February 17 at 3pm at the Freemason’s Hall.  Widely-recognised as one of the world’s greatest advocates of her instrument, Xuefei Yang’s own path to international success is an inspirational one.

Born following the Cultural Revolution, she was the first guitarist in China to enter a music school and the first to launch an international performing career. Her international success has led her to be invited to play in more than 50 countries at numerous prestigious venues, frequently invited to perform with the world’s leading orchestras

In the first of two concerts this season, she rings in the Year of the Pig with the vibrant 20-strong GuitaRIAM, directed by Marian Hyland, in a programme that celebrates the richness of her instrument, her home country and music from Ireland. This performance XUEFEI YANG & GuitaRIAM is presented by the Royal Irish Academy of Music and tickets priced €10 / €20 are on sale here

It was also announced today that the Spring Festival Gala Ireland 2019  will take place on Saturday, February 16 from 7.30pm – 9pm at the Convention Centre. It will feature a variety of authentic traditional Chinese dance, acrobatics, arts and instrument performances from the award-winning Hubei Provincial Opera and Dance Drama Theatre. Tickets are available here.

Also returning for DCNYF 2019 will be ever-popular Spring Festival Fair,  a two-day family fun fair inspired by traditional Chinese Temple Fairs over the middle weekend of the Festival.

Full programme details will be announced in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, keep updated at Dublin Chinese New Year’s website.

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